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PLANO Grant Snodgrass was home with his mom on Sunday afternoon while his dad and little brother took the family dog for a walk.

Soon, dad and brother were back with quite a story.

'They came up and told me that another dog fell down into a gutter, and I was like, 'Oooooh, man. That sounds scary!'' Grant recalled.

The nine-year-old who is about to enter third grade ran down the street to see what was happening. And there he found a neighbor reaching into a curbside storm drain, trying to retrieve his tiny dog, a 10 pound, 15-year-old Shih Tzu named Macy. Macy had slipped and fallen right 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 it's neck, it always backed away,' Grant said.

Forty-five minutes of a terribly hot August day passed, and finally Grant's father and the neighbor decided opening up the manhole and climbing down in to the drain was the only way to retrieve the dog.

And Grant knew he was the only one who was small enough to fit inside.

'I had to go down the hole; I couldn't do anything else,' he said.

So with the adults helping him in and then out, he was able to get little Macy to safety.

'It was pretty creepy,' Grant said. 'It felt slimy, there were bugs everywhere, and water everywhere.'

'I bumped my head... it only hurt for a second,' he added. '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 mom 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.

Grant said he's not sure where he summoned the courage to climb down and get Macy to safety. He got a reward for his bravery.

'I went to Baskin-Robbins!' he said.

He also said he'd do it again if he had to.

E-mail twoodard@wfaa.com

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