I was out in the chicken run today, feeding the girls some oatmeal...Normally I only stay long enough to feed them and visit a little bit and then I go in. It has been snowing off and on mixed with the rain today and it's just COLD out. I don't know why, but for some reason today I just sat out there and watched them instead of going back in. I think I was out for about an hour. I could hear my neighbors boxers in their back yard and heard one make a strange sound, I figured they were playing and maybe one nipped the other so I thought nothing of it. A few minutes go by and I hear a very distressed cry and then I knew something was wrong, so I looked over the fence and saw that one had fallen into an above ground pool and was trapped...it had been in that freezing cold water for at least five minutes if not more. I rushed over and banged on the door but nobody was there.. I ran to the back yard and just as she was going under I grabbed her and flipped her over so I could hold her front paws and head above water. This is a 4 foot pool and I'm just over 5 foot 3. I couldn't lift her to get her out and I knew she was going hypothermic. Thankfully my 6 foot son came a few minutes later and was able to grab the other end and we got her out. She was frozen solid, couldn't move and was having a hard time breathing. Meantime her sister was acting a little aggressive and I figured I was in for a bite or two..thankfully she backed off when I yelled at her to go lay down.. (whew). We took the poor frozen dog to our house and cranked up the heat to 85 and wrapped her in towels and blankets and rubbed her down to get the blood pumping. She started to seize a little from lack of oxygen, she just couldn't get her breath once she started shivering...her nostrils were closing she was sucking in so hard and her jaw was clenched...after what seemed like an eternity she finally could get air in. I have to say, it was touch and go I think. After about an hour of holding her and getting her circulation going she was able to lift her head up and she gave me a sweet kiss on the chin. This dog normally barks at me and is not very friendly. I think I made a new friend today though. She stayed for about three hours until the neighbor came home...I decided Boxers are pretty cool dogs, we just had to get to know eachother. Anyway, thank goodness for the chickens, otherwise I would never have been outside to hear her cries for help. I just hope the neighbor drains the pool or removes the picnic table that she jumped off and into the pool. A happy ending after a very stressful few hours.