While taking a morning stroll, John heard a whimpering sound coming from the nearby frozen river. As he drew nearer, he noticed a young puppy, probably no older than a few months, struggling unsuccessfully to escape the ice. John didn't hesitate; he knew he had to move quickly to save the small animal.
The ice was thick enough for him to walk on, but not for the puppy, he quickly determined after making his assessment. He moved cautiously in the direction of the puppy, which was now crying and barking for assistance.
The puppy had been attempting to chase after a ball that had rolled onto the ice and had since become frozen in place, John realized as he got closer to the animal. John quickly took the puppy into his arms and started to make his way back to the shore, where he would be safe.
John had to take extra precautions to avoid slipping and falling on the treacherous way back because he didn't want to jeopardize the safety of the puppy or himself. The puppy was safe and sound when John and the dog finally arrived at the shore, what felt like an eternity later.
After John gently warmed the pup in his arms, it soon began to wag its tail joyfully and lick his face in appreciation. When John called the owner to inform them that their pet had been found, they were ecstatic. John then took the puppy to a nearby animal shelter.
John was praised for his selfless display of bravery, and the puppy was adopted by a loving family. From that moment forward, John only cared about the fact that he had improved the puppy's life.