A dog rescued from the Baltic Sea after braving a 75-mile journey on an ice floe is making himself at home on the Polish research ship whose crew rescued him, the captain said Friday.
Ship's captain Jerzy Wosachlo said the dog slept on a blanket in the ship's laboratory, then shared a sausage breakfast with the crew. He said the dog was staying close to the sailor who saved him and enjoyed the company of people.
With the ship in the port of Gdynia on Friday, the dog was occasionally taken on land for walks, Wosachlo said.
The Sea Fishing Institute that owns the ship sent a bowl and a squeaking toy, and the scientists on board brought dog food.
The ship is preparing to sail Feb. 10 on a brief mission _ with the dog, unless it is afraid, Wosachlo said. Nicknamed "Baltic," the dog _ furry and friendly _ is now considered a member of the crew, and he will continue to be unless his owner is found, the captain said.
President Lech Kaczynski, himself a dog owner, sent the crew a letter praising its action in saving the dog's life.
"Such gestures make our world a better one," Kaczynski wrote.
Two people claiming to be the dog's owners had been expected on the ship Friday but canceled their visits, Wosachlo said.
The dog was first seen Saturday on the Vistula river, 60 miles (100 kilometers) inland, drifting on a piece of ice through the city of Grudziadz, but local firefighters said they failed to save it then.
He was spotted again Monday, 15 miles (24 kilometers) from land in the Baltic Sea, when he was rescued by the Baltica's crew.