Saturday, January 30, 2010
So here's the story of what happened. Somehow this dog got out on an ice floe, which is what you call a chunk of ice that is smaller than an iceberg but bigger than an ice cube, and started floating down the Vistula River in Poland. No one knows where the dog came from or when it started its float trip, but some people in a town called Grudziadz saw the dog on Saturday.
Finally, the dog floated all the way to the Baltic Sea, and he floated like 15 miles out into the sea, and some scientists who were on a Polish ship saw him on Monday and they rescued him. Except it wasn't easy for them to rescue the dog because he kept falling off the ice floe, and the scientists were afraid he would drown, but then he would come back up again. So then one of the men got in a pontoon boat thing and he managed to get hold of the dog and drag him into the boat and save his life.
The President of Poland, Mr. Lech Kaczynski, sent a letter to the crew of the ship. And even though he has one of those funny Polish names that are hard to say and spell, we know that he is a good person because he is a dog owner. So in the letter, he said that the men on the ship were very good people because they saved the dog, and that "Such gestures make our world a better one."
There are some people who have said that Baltic is their dog, but when they came to meet him, Baltic didn't act like he knew them. If the real owner of Baltic doesn't come to get him, the ship's crew is going to adopt him, so we know that he will have a good home. And that makes this story have a very happy ending!