A middle school teacher from Champaign, Illinois, got the shock of his life when he went fishing. He was setting himself for a relaxing day when he saw something strange in the water. He went closer and found a dog inside a cage submerged halfway in the ice-cold water of Lake Kaufman.
Bryant Fritz immediately took off some layers of his clothes and went into the freezing waters. Slowly, he waded closer to the trembling pooch until he was waist-deep into it. Fritz reached out to the cage and carried it out of the lake. Now on dry land, Bryant had doubts that the dog would survive.
Left for dead
The weakened dog was rushed to a veterinary hospital where emergency treatment was provided. Aside from hypothermia, the vets realized that she had some open wounds that weren’t related to its time in the water. They suspect that its owner was probably maltreating it and was the one who left it in the lake to drown. Thankfully, the owner did not succeed.
The dog, now named Dory, is on a fast track to recovery. The even better news is that Bryant has decided to adopt the dog once it has fully recovered. Bryant’s previous dog passed away a few years back, and he was actually on a hunt for a new one. He visited several shelters but couldn’t find the perfect one for him. It seems that destiny made the decision for him.
Ellen and Dory
Dory’s story went viral after social media posts were about her. Ellen DeGeneres got wind of it and invited Bryant and his girlfriend, Krystal, to guest on her show. The two gave updates on Dory’s condition and their plan to adopt her. Ellen then asked if the couple, who has been together for over a decade, if they plan to get married. With that, Bryant went down on his knee and proposed.
Ellen had a few surprises for the newly engaged couple as well. The famous talk show host prepared a wagon full of customized items for Dory coming from her own pet supply company. And for Bryant and Krystal, a twenty-five thousand dollar check from Furbo.
See the footage of the couple’s visit to the Ellen show below.
Source: The EllenShow via Youtube