A dog, coyote and brave firefighter combined to make for a dramatic rescue in the icy waters of a Colorado reservoir, all caught on camera.
The dog, an 85-pound Dogo Argentino breed nicknamed Max, was out for a walk with his owner on Tuesday afternoon near the Smith Reservoir in Lakewood, Colo., just outside of Denver, according to ABC affiliate KMGH.
When Max, whose Argentino breed is known as a hunting dog, spotted a coyote he chased the wild animal right across the reservoir, and directly into the icy water.
Michael Robinson, Max’s owner, told KMGH he saw the coyote go under the water while 3 ½-year-old Max managed to stay afloat.
Robinson wisely stayed out of the icy waters and waited instead for firefighters to arrive to rescue his pet.
A KMGH helicopter captured the dramatic rescue that ensued once firefighters from the West Metro Fire Department arrived. One firefighter, protected by a cold-water rescue suit, immediately ventured into the middle of the reservoir towards Max.
Tethered by a rope, the firefighter helped Max regain his footing, and then was pulled, along with Max, back to the shore.
“It was a tense moment for me,” Robinson told KMGH, of watching the rescue.
The dog appeared fine after the incident and required no treatment other than being warmed up in the ambulance, along with Robinson.
“We’re blessed to have him here tonight,” Robinson said.