I guess I was about thirteen when visiting friends of the family, they also had two goldens similar to the two we had at the time. They had a beautiful piece of property with a gorgeous pond. It was late in the winter when all four dogs went after a squirrel that could be seen at the far edge of the pond. (Story kinda completes itself, doesnt it!). Two dogs went through the ice, 1 of mine and 1 of the family friends. The family had hired a yard maintenece company just weeks before and out of no where one of the men shoveling snow from the back deck came running down and straight to the boat house. After struggling to open the door he decided to go straight through it jumped into the row boat and then made the slow treck out to the middle of the pond where the dogs were becoming exhausted. He was able to save both animals and they returned safely to shore. Both dogs are now in the doggy bed in the sky but they were able to live out there lives due to a brave yardman, who yes, still holds the contract for the property maintenence....with a little annual bonus each year!!!