OP, you obviously feel a strong bond with your dog, and you did what you felt you had to do at the time. Well done. That compassion is one of the greatest features of the human race. It just doesn't seem very prevalent on STW.
Except that when considered rationally it's actually displaying a lack of compassion for your loved ones and for those who might end up trying to rescue you.
It's understandable in the heat of the moment but it's a completely irrational thing to do.
The search was called off Monday for a teenager whose parents were killed after they plunged into the cold, powerful surf in Northern California in a nightmarish chain of events that started when their son tried to save the family dog from drowning. Eureka residents Mary Elena Scott, 57, and Howard Gregory Kuljian, 54, both drowned Saturday, said Ariel Gruenthal, a deputy coroner in Humboldt County. The boy, Gregory James Kuljian, has not been found and is presumed dead.