As the icy weather brings with it a variety of hazards, we find ourselves learning about more dog owners having to risk their own lives to dig their canine friends out of perilous positions.
This image has made the national media over the weekend of a man risking life and limb to save a dog from a frozen lake.
It's undoubtedly one of those horrendous situations that none of us would ever wish to find ourselves in, but the question is…what would you do if your dog found itself on the verge of losing their life?
Would you be prepared to put your own life in mortal danger in order to save, or try and save, the life of your dog?
What about someone else's dog? Would you be willing to put your life on the line to attempt to save a dog you didn't know?
Most of us hope the situation would never arise, but as we know, they do – and people have saved dogs from drowning and people have died attempting to save dogs from an icy grave.
For many, speaking after the event, the over-powering thought process going through their mind at the time was one of a compulsive need to do something, not particularly considering the risk to themselves but being more consumed by the idea of not being comfortable allowing a dog to die in such a horrendous way in front of their eyes.
So, what do you think you would do? Have your say in the comments section below…