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Grant Snodgrass climbed down a storm drain to save his neighbor's 15-year-old, 10-pound dog. / WFAA

PLANO, Texas - Nine-year-old Grant Snodgrass became an unexpected hero Sunday when he was able to save a neighbor's dog who had fallen into a storm drain, facing his fears at the same time.

His brother and father were out walking their own dog when they stumbled onto the situation. Grant, who begins third grade this fall, ran down the street to find his neighbor reaching into a curbside storm drain, trying to retrieve his small dog - a 10 pound, 15-year-old Shih Tzu named Macy - who had slipped and fallen into the opening of the drain.

"The neighbor was right here, leaning down with the leash, trying to get it over the dog's neck. But when the leash got onto its neck, it always backed away," Grant told WFAA.

Forty-five minutes later on the sweltering August day, Grant's father and the neighbor realized the only way to rescue the dog was to open the manhole and climb down it - and Grant was the only one small enough to do it.

"It was pretty creepy," Grant said. "It felt slimy, there were bugs everywhere, and water everywhere," he said. "I bumped my head ... it only hurt for a second. Then I handed up the dog and I got out."

Grant's actions were reason for his mom and dad to smile - for more than one reason.

"This is bigger than you'd expect, for just a kid going down a hole," said Grant's mother, Liz Snodgrass. "Grant has dealt with some anxiety, specifically with small spaces and bugs," she said. They watched him conquer those fears with "our hearts in our chests, just pounding with pride," his mom said.

Of course, no great act of valor goes unrewarded.

"I went to Baskin-Robbins!" Grant was happy to report.



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