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I am writing this just two days after a very frightening experience. It all happened on Thursday, April 19, 2018. I decided to take Ellie my 3 year old Golden Retriever for her usual morning walk. It was a clear spring day, but still a lot of snow and ice on the ground from the snow/ice storm that we had from the weekend before. Did I mention that I live in Canada, and anything is possible as far as having snow in late spring.
Well, Ellie and I started out walking our usual route, and I decided to do one of the little bush trails that cuts off of a service access road that we have walked many times before. We followed the path around, Ellie in front all happy carrying a stick, the path was a little icy and suddenly I lost my footing and landed on my butt and hands, sliding 50 feet down a steep icy hill. All I remember is seeing a lot of trees, and a stick that I tried to grab onto to prevent me from going any further, but the stick was loose so I just kept sliding faster and faster. I thought for sure I am going to run into one of these trees, but somehow I didn’t. I ended up at the bottom of the hill, “splash” right into the freezing cold creek!
It all happened so fast, and Ellie came running down the hill after me, and being the water loving dog that she is, she decides to go into the water for a swim. She thought I was having fun and it was a game! There I was at the bottom of the steep icy hill, soaking wet wearing jeans and winter boots and toque and mittens. I was soaked from the waist down. I gathered myself up and just stood there looking up the hill that I just slid down. I thought to myself there is no way I am getting back up that hill, and no way of getting out of there as I was surrounded by ice everywhere. If I tried to even move I would slip and end up in the creek again. I began to cry and panic, I was soaking wet and cold, just miserable!
I always carry my cell phone with me, and luckily it was not damaged, so I texted my husband Aaron who was at work. I explained to him where I was, and he called me and said he is coming to get me. Luckily he works about 15 minutes from our house, and was able to go home and put his boots on and then walk to find me.
The whole time I was waiting, Ellie was waiting with me, she stood up a little further on the hill looking down at me and whining. Wondering why I wasn’t moving and why we weren’t continuing with our walk. She came down the hill and sat by my side and waited with me until Aaron showed up. I kept thinking man this dog is so loyal and I love her for that.
Aaron showed up, walking slowly along the lower path by the creek. Ellie was so excited to see him, she ran right up to him and started to playfully attack him. Aaron tried to stop her so that he woudn’t end up loosing his footing and slide into the creek as well. I told him the only way out is to walk in the creek along the edge, so that is what I attempted to do, but the edge was slippery too and the water was up to my waist deep. He looked at where I was and determined that in order to get me out of there he would need an extension cord. He walked back to his car and got the extension cord, Ellie running excitedly with him.
They both showed up again with the extension cord, and he lowered it to me and I wrapped it around my waist tying it tightly in a double knot. He tied it around a tree and started to pull me up to a ledge. It was so icy, I had to get on my hands and knees and crawl up. I managed to get onto the ledge, and from there I was able to follow him slowly as he stomped his feet into the ice to make it rough for good traction.
Finally, we were out of that bush area and onto the trail by our subdivision. I was freezing and had boots filled with water, and jeans that were so heavy because they were soaked. Aaron had his car parked just at the start of the trail, and drove us home.
Happy to be home and warmed up and into dry clothes, I assessed the situation and thought wow that could have ended up a lot worse! Luckily the temperature outside was only 0 degrees Celsius, luckily I didn’t bash my head into a tree and get knocked unconscious, and luckily I didn’t break any bones.
Needless to say, I will be staying away from any icy trails near the creek for a while, at least until the ice melts.