Bedford Co. Dog Falls into Frozen Pond

Bedford Co., VA - A dog fell into a frozen pond in Bedford County over the weekend, leaving her family struggling to save her.

Monday, Sophie was doing fine, and the family couldn't be more thankful.

The Goode rescue squad responded to the call, but the Bedford Fire Department actually made the rescue. The firefighters put on specialized ice rescue suits and brought the 60 pound Collie back to shore.

The dog spent an excruciating 45 minutes in the cold water.

"You're never prepared for something like this," said Raymond Noel, Sophie's owner.

"I was crying," said Clover Noel, Sophie's owner.

Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Raymond Noel was out feeding the cows.

"I was coming across on the tractor and I looked in the lake and said, 'I wonder what that is?' And then I realized the dog's head was sticking out of the lake,"said Noel.

Raymond saw his dog Sophie out in the middle of the water, holding on to a block of ice for dear life.

"She was just hanging there," said Clover.

"I said, 'I don't know how I'm going to get her out of there,'" said Raymond.

Noel fetched a boat and tried to get to his dog.

"I fell in right there," said Raymond.

He had almost gotten to her when the Bedford Fire Department arrived. They suited up, slid across the ice and got Sophie out.

"I don't know what to say...They're amazing! We're very lucky to have people to do that for a living," said Noel.

Noel says he's going out to buy 50 feet of rope just in case something like that happens again. "I'm going to be ready next time. It will probably never happen again, but I'll be ready."

Raymond Noel and his wife Clover say Sophie seemed fine once she got out. They dried her off with a hairdryer and kept her warm with blankets and she's doing great this week.