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Video showing Romania dog grateful for being rescued from canal

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If you have ever doubted that dogs can't show gratitude, a video went viral this week from Romania which showed a dog rescued from an icy waterway purely ecstatic with his human rescuers, reported Thursday's edition of Neatorama.com.

The video shows a shepherd type mix trapped in the Somesul Mic River in the city of Cluj. The scared dog desperately tried to scratch and climb his way out of the icy water; a concrete wall stood in his way. No one knows how long the poor canine had been in the canal.

Two Good Samaritans saw the dog and climbed into the water to rescue him. As one man helped the dog onto the concrete slab, and tried to encourage the dog to finish the rescue endeavor by moving toward the shore, the dog froze with fear and refused to move.

Obviously, the dog lovers and all-around compassionate human beings, were not about to give up on the poor canine; one of the men grabbed the dog by the scruff of his neck and pulled him to safety.

While it isn't advisable to pick up an adult dog by the scruff of the neck, this four legged critter wasn't harmed. In fact, when the dog was placed on safe ground, he ran and he rubbed, as his happy tail wagged enthusiastically; and the best part of it all was when he approached his rescuers and happily hunched down for lots of reciprocal kisses and hugs.

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