Golden Retriever Zach and his mom saved

An act of love
By Juli Rothstein, Portsmouth Herald, Photo by Deb Cram

EXETER The owner of a local canine celebrity said, despite a big scare on Wednesday, the golden retriever will continue to be a familiar downtown presence. Susan Henderson, owner of the Inn by the Bandstand, attempted to save her 6-year-old dog, Zachariah, when he fell through the ice on Exeter River.

“Zach has kind of been the mayor of Exeter, if the town had a mayor,” Henderson explained with a laugh on the evening following the incident.

Henderson, who lives at 44 Franklin St., let her two golden retrievers outside for a few minutes around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday while she finished getting ready to take them for a walk. A few minutes later, after calling for Zach to no avail, she looked out back and saw him “clinging for dear life to an ice shelf.”

“I looked out in the river, and there was this big, blond ball of fur in the river,” Henderson said. The dog had gone out onto the semi-frozen Exeter River directly behind his house, and had fallen through the ice.

Click here for a video of Zach and his mom telling the tale.


2 thoughts on “Golden Retriever Zach and his mom saved

  1. How horrible this must have been. As I am terrified of water I would have had no idea what to do. I’m glad there was a happy ending.

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