Edward Casas, 56, and his 49-year-old wife Kristin Casas, sobbed and held their 10-month-old puppy Rylee after the Belgian Malinois managed to swim more than six miles back to shore and walked more than 12 miles through the woods to a campground, according to ABC News.
“Let me tell you, I’m not the kind of guy that cries — but, oh, did this make me cry,” Edward Casas told ABC. “I am so proud of this dog.”
Rylee accidentally found herself in the middle of Lake Michigan on Sunday after the family’s boat encountered a mechanical issue, the Illinois couple said. “Our hearts just sank,” Edward Casas said.
A day later, campers said they spotted a dog wandering through the woods. Edward Casas and his wife were alerted and rushed to the area, thanks to the help of a local lost dog rescue group.
The puppy, in training to be a search-and-rescue dog, popped out of the woods after the couple started squeaking one of her favorite toys.