All is well now for Flex, who had a harrowing experience on Monday.

“He would get his paws up on the ice and hang on, and couldn’t figure out how to get back on,” said Flex’s owner, Melinda Harris. “We were praying and crying.”

Harris had just returned home from her job at Floyd Xpress and was letting her Blue Tick Beagle outdoors before going to see her mother. She went to the back door to retrieve him when she saw what had happened. Flex had ventured out on the ice-covered pond in the backyard and the ice had given way. Larry Prescott, a neighbor, rushed to get his boat and went into the water, but the boat flipped and he fell into the pond.

“And then,” Harris said, “that young man was right there.” Shane Radford, 16, happened to be walking by on the dead end road.

Flex’s cries for help were heart-wrenching.

Shane “went through the briars, took off his shoes and threw his phone on the ground,” Harris said. He asked “how deep is it?” and jumped into the water and got the dog in his arms. Shane carried the dog into the house.

It took over an hour for everyone to warm back up.

Harris said she was very grateful for all who helped to rescue seven-year-old Flex. “He’s one lucky dog.”

As for Shane, she commented, he was “a miracle” who was there at just the right time. “It was truly amazing.”

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