Would You Risk Your Life To Save Your Dog?

As the icy weather brings with it a variety of hazards, we find ourselves learning about more dog owners having to risk their own lives to dig their canine friends out of perilous positions.

This image has made the national media over the weekend of a man risking life and limb to save a dog from a frozen lake.


It's undoubtedly one of those horrendous situations that none of us would ever wish to find ourselves in, but the question is…what would you do if your dog found itself on the verge of losing their life?

Would you be prepared to put your own life in mortal danger in order to save, or try and save, the life of your dog?

What about someone else's dog? Would you be willing to put your life on the line to attempt to save a dog you didn't know?

Most of us hope the situation would never arise, but as we know, they do – and people have saved dogs from drowning and people have died attempting to save dogs from an icy grave.

For many, speaking after the event, the over-powering thought process going through their mind at the time was one of a compulsive need to do something, not particularly considering the risk to themselves but being more consumed by the idea of not being comfortable allowing a dog to die in such a horrendous way in front of their eyes.

So, what do you think you would do? Have your say in the comments section below…

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Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine is the the online editor at MyDogMagazine.com. She is an experienced dog owner and professional writer who lives with her two beloved dogs, Mabel and Charlie.


  1. I’ve been told in the past that I’m foolish for saying it because it’s only a dog, but I know that I would risk my life to save a dog, whether it be my own or someone elses, even if I’ve never met it before.
    I’d rather put myself in danger than stand and watch a dog die whilst doing nothing to prevent it.

  2. i would definately risk my life to save my own dog and id prob do the same for someone elses dog, i think that protective instinct kicks in naturally and id automatically react without weighing up any dangers

  3. I think most of us feel that our dogs are “family” or our “kids” – so of course we would save them. We wouldn’t let our “family” or “kids” drown.

  4. When I have read articles such as, I feel sick with the thought of what would I do if that was my Charlie or indeed someone elses dog. Some people think we’re mad to put our lives at risk to save a dog or any other animal. I would for definite and not give it a second thought.

  5. Mine and my boyfriends dog jumped into a river with a massive drop and had no way of getting out….my boyfriend automatically jumped in to help him out whilst i pulled him up. If i had been on my own I would have done the same.If it was my child I would jump in to save them I dont see animals any less they are family to me and I would risk my life for them.

  6. I really and truly hope none of you who say you would risk your life for the sake of a dog is a parent. Because if you are, you have an obligation to your children and that obligation includes keeping yourself out of danger so that your children aren’t left orphans. A dog can be replaced, a parent cannot. And anyone who believes the life of a dog is comparable to that of a human being has seriously misplaced values.

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