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At First, It Looked Like All Hope Was Lost, But Then, I Couldn’t Stop Smiling!

A very chilly labrador was rescued from icy Michigan waters earlier this week when a Coast Guard officer spotted the pup run and fall into a frigid lake. Luckily, the dog went under where safety wasn”t far off – a Coast Guard station was just next door.

Boatswain mate third class Tim Putnam swam over 650 feet into the lake, pushing his way through icy slush and past big blocks of ice.

Boatswain mate third class Tim Putnam swam over 650 feet into the lake, pushing his way through icy slush and past big blocks of ice.

The whole rescue took about 20 minutes, all in freezing waters.

Putnam says that the dog was shivering, but still managed to make her way towards him with the little fire she had left in her.

Putnam says that the dog was shivering, but still managed to make her way towards him with the little fire she had left in her.

She was later taken to an animal shelter where she was given a clean bill of health!

Watch the full heroic rescue for yourself:

(via Buzzfeed)

If no one comes forward within a week, Putnam and his wife are thinking of adopting the dog into their own family. The labrador wasn”t microchipped and didn”t have any tags that lead to an owner. Says Putnam, “Maybe it was meant to be.”

No matter what, this dog dubbed Betsie, after the lake she was saved from, is very lucky that Putnam and his Coast Guard team was there to save her in the nick of time.