Magazine article The New American

Unsticking the Dog

Magazine article The New American

Unsticking the Dog

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One may not normally associate the occupation of wastewater mechanic with heroism, but on October 22 Mat Grabowski, Louis Rivera, and Chris Nicoletti were definitely heroes in the eyes of the Chadha family of Union City, California. That was the day that two of the Chadhas' dogs, Spike and Leo, escaped the confines of their yard and headed off on an adventure. They made it as far as the creek behind their neighborhood.

As reported in the November 23, 2009 Oakland Tribune, Union City Sanitary District mechanics Grabowski, Rivera, and Nicoletti were working on a main sewer line in the area when they noticed the two dogs stranded in the chilly, swirling waters. The three men tried to coax the canines to swim toward them, but the smaller one, Leo, was stuck in the mud and the larger, Spike, was faithfully standing by his companion. Trying to protect Leo, who could not move, Spike was growling and barking to keep the rescuers at bay. …

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