We’re not sure every firefighter in America would, without so much as a second thought, rush into an icy lake to save a panicky Doberman named Diablo.
But these two members of the St. Louis Fire Department’s Rescue Squad 1C did, and as a result Diablo has lived to chase geese another day.
Diablo was with his owner at O’Fallon Park Sunday afternoon when he spotted a goose and ran onto the lake after it, falling through the ice and struggling to get out.
Firefighter Demetris Alfred said the dog was in he icy waters for about 25 minutes. Firefighter Stan Baynes said the dog was clearly struggling: “He kept rolling over and submerging.”
After warming the dog up, he took him to a veterinarian to be checked out.
The scene was captured by St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer J.B. Forbes.
You can see the entire slideshow here.
(Photos: J.B. Forbes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Posted by John Woestendiek January 14th, 2014 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, chasing, demtris Alfred, diablo, doberman, dogs, firefighters, goose, hazards, ice, icy, lake, ofallon, park, pets, photography, photos, post-dispatch, rescue, saved, st. louis, stan baynes, winter
Police and firefighters rescued a dog in south Florida Monday whose head was trapped in a discarded bait cooler — possibly for more than a week.
Passersby spotted the dog in western Miami-Dade County and called authorities.
Police, firefighters and animal control officers joined in the rescue, injecting the dog with Valium to sedate her, then using a reciprocating saw to enlarge the hole in the fiberglass boat cooler, TV station WTSP reported.
The dog is a 40-pound female Labrador mix, according to Firehouse.com. She appeared to have recently given birth, authorities said, and her extra body fat may have helped keep her alive. No puppies were found in the area.
The dog was taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services, where she was treated by veterinarians. She has been named Lucky and will be put up for adoption.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 21st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, animals, bait cooler, boat, cooler, dade, dog, dogs, fiberglass, firefighters, florida, head, miami, pets, police, rescue, rescued, saved, stuck
A friend sent me this photo, taken at the Barnes & Noble in Towson, which shows “DOG, INC.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend” getting some pretty decent display (at least better than the bottom shelf of the astronomy section, as was the case at an area bookstore that shall remain nameless).
I can think of no other sign I would like my book to be under — except maybe ”New York Times Bestseller.”
Alas, it’s not there yet, but it did rate the “Page 99 Test,” a website by Marshal Zeringue dedicated to the proposition that the quality of a book can be judged by turning to, and reading, its 99th page.
I lucked out in that page 99 of “DOG, INC.” contains a revelation — namely who it was that located Genelle Guzman, the last survivor found after 9/11, and held her hand until she could be freed from the mound of debris she was trapped under.
(Clue: It wasn’t the volunteer firefighters who took credit for rescuing her on CNN)
If you’re wondering what this has to do with cloning dogs, you can click the link to Marshal’s blog or, better yet, buy the book and allow your thoughts — and perhaps more — to be provoked.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 15th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 9-11, 911, animals, author, barnes & noble, best in show, book, books, bookstores, cnn, display, dog books, dog cloning, dog cloning book, dog inc., dogs, firefighters, genelle guzman, genelle guzman-mcmillan, ground zero, john woestendiek, last, marshal zeringue, new york, page 99, pets, rescue, revelation, sales, sign, signs, survivor, thought provoking, towson, westminster, world trade center
One dog came to the aid of another last week, leading rescuers to a drainage pipe where a 15-year-old miniature schnauzer named Casper had been stuck for up to three days.
The hero? A rat terrier named Rowdy, who belongs to a neighbor.
“He caught the scent and he just started barking, barking, barking,” said Rowdy’s owner, Patty Monk, whose dog led her to the 8-inch wide storm drain pipe in which Casper was stuck.
Seeing Casper inside, Monk, who is friends with Casper’s owners, ran a block to their home and notified them. They sought help from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.
Firefighters, not wanting to injure the dog, wrapped a teddy bear around the end of a fire hose to push him out the end of the pipe.
Casper’s owners, who had searched for days and put up posters after Casper went missing, took him to a nearby animal hospital to have him checked out.
“We have one of these storm drains right in front of our house. He may have fallen in that one and crawled all the way here, we don’t know,” said Wayne Hernandez.
“We’ve been kind of taking him for granted, he’s been around for so long,” Hernandez told News 10 in Sacramento. “But we’re going to have to try and pamper him a little more. He deserves it after this.”
Posted by John Woestendiek January 22nd, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, casper, department, dog, dogs, drainage, drainpipe, fire, firefighters, metro, miniature, patty monk, pets, pipe, rat, rescue, rescued, rowdy, sacramento, saved, schnauzer, stuck, terrier, wayne hernandez
A persistent dachschund saved a Washington family from a potentially damaging fire in their mobile home Sunday.
A 3-year-old dachshund named JoJo — who the family took home after finding him as a stray — is being credited for trying to shove 11-year-old Kalen Huntley out of her bed and alerting her parents to an electrical fire smoldering behind an outlet on her bedroom wall.
“Our dog saved our house,” Diane Urquhart, who lives in a mobile home park in Kennewick with her husband, Colt, and four of their five children, told the Tri-City Herald.
The couple and three of the kids were home early Sunday when JoJo, who normally sleeps in their daughter Kalen’s room, began repeatedly coming out the room and approaching the adults.
“He came out to see us four times, then kept going back into our daughter’s room,” Mrs. Urquhart said. On top of that, his ears weren’t in their happy position, she said.
“These ears we did not recognize,” she said. “And his face, if a dog can look worried, he looked worried.”
When she went into her daughter’s room, she smelled burning rubber and saw the dog nudging her sleeping daughter with his nose.
They called 911, and got everybody out of the house, taking their two cats and JoJo.
Urquhart said the wall at the head of her daughter’s bed was hot. Firefighters told the family the outlet, which had a lamp and alarm clock plugged into it, was minutes away from catching fire. When the family removed the outlet the next day, one side of it was scorched.
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(Photo: Courtesy of Tri-City Herald)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 25th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alert, alerts, and the wiener is, animals, burning, chinook mobile home park, dachshund, daughter, dian urquhart, dog, dogs, dogs in the news, ears, electrical, family, fire, firefighters, house, jojo, kennewick, mobile home, news, outlet, pets, rescue, saved, stray, washington, weiner, wiener, wiener dog, worried
Prince Georges County firefighters rescued a Labrador retriever mix who fell 25 feet into the bottom a storm drain.
The drain’s cover, authorities said, had been displaced, apparently by a snowplow.
Firefighters and medics responded to a call Tuesday from a resident in Laurel who heard a dog crying at the bottom of a storm drain, according to the Washington Post.
Rescuers pumped fresh air into the drain, rigged up a pulley system and lowered a rescuer on a rope, who was able to put a harness on the dog so it could be hoisted out.
The operation took about 10 minutes, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department.
The 40-pound, long-haired black dog was wet and cold but had no apparent injuries, Brady said.
The dog had a collar but no tags. Anyone with information about its owner is asked to call the animal control facility at 301-780-7200.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 18th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, cover, dog, dogs, drain, firefighters, labrador, laurel, mix, news, pets, prince georges, pulley, rescue, rescued, snowplow, storm drain, video
Yesterday’s Washington Post had a great series of photos depicting the rescue of a yellow Lab who wandered into an icy pond in Potomac.
A neighbor spotted the dog — named Tully — out his kitchen window and called 911. Rescuers arrived within minutes, cut through a fence and plunged in after him as the dog’s family watched.
The four-year old dog was worn out by then and unable to hoist himself out, according to his owner, Bruce Stewart, whose 14-year-old son encouraged the dog from shore: “Hold on there, buddy! You’re a good boy!”
Rashad Surratt, a firefighter, entered the pond and Tully paddled toward him. The rescuer wrapped his arms and a harness around the dog, who seemed happy to get a hand. “He just gave up,” Surratt said Saturday. “He was really, really tired.”
Other firefighters were able to help pull Tully across the ice and get him to the shore. Tully was wrapped in coats and blankets, loaded onto a toboggan and pulled home by firefighters and residents. To see all the photos, visit the Post’s photo gallery.
Stewart, an executive at text-messaging company kgb, said Tully apparently walked right through his electronic fence, which had been disabled by the snow.
(Photo: Lea Thompson / Washington Post)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 15th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: blizzard, bruce stewart, firefighters, ice, icy, lab, maryland, news, photos, pond, potomac, rashad surratt, rescue, snow, tully, washington post, weather, winter, yellow labrador
Spikey, the German Shepherd mix who was rescued from the rain-swollen Los Angeles River last month, is back home with his owners.
After forking over $85 in fees — part of which covered installation of a microchip — the Medina family picked up Spikey when he completed his quarantine period.
The dog made headlines nationwide when video of his dramatic rescue from the L.A. River was aired on TV stations and the Internet.
The Medina family, which has had the dog for seven years, didn’t see any of the news coverage, but a granddaughter of his owner saw video of the rescue of the dog – nicknamed Vernon while in shelter — on the Internet.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: back, coverage, firefighters, german shepherd, helicopter, home, internet, los angeles, medina, microchip, mix, rescue, returned, river, spikey, television, vernon, video
The dog pulled from the rain-swollen Los Angeles River a week ago has been reclaimed by his owners after they recognized him in a video of the dramatic rescue on YouTube.
The dog, dubbed Vernon after he was pulled from the river by a firefighter dropped from a helicopter, is actually named Spikey. His family had searched their neighborhood in Maywood for him, but found him on the computer.
“Somebody from the family noticed that the dog was on YouTube, and that’s how we finally figured out that was the dog, ” said Ramon Medina, son of the dog’s elderly owner.
The family contacted officials at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority on Monday to claim the dog, officials said.
“We’ve interviewed him at the animal care center, we’ve gone to his house, interviewed neighbors, verified dog license and vaccination records,” said SEAACA director of operations Captain Aaron Reyes. “Vernon went nuts when he saw him. His whole demeanor changed — like he found a long lost friend.”
Spikey will be released as early as next Tuesday, after he is cleared from his quarantine, NBC in Los Angeles reported.
Spikey’s older brother, a yellow lab named Polo, also escaped from the home last week and was found loose Saturday in the same area where Spikey was rescued. Polo is also being held in an animal control facility. Officials believe young children may have left the gates open at their grandmother’s home, allowing the dogs to escape.
“Maybe he was looking for Vernon/Spikey,” Reyes said. “We don’t know.”
Posted by John Woestendiek January 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, claimed, dog, firefighters, german shepherd, helicopter, los angeles, los angeles river, maywood, medina, owners, polo, reclaimed, rescue, rescued, river, southeast area animal control, spikey, vernon, video, youtube
Los Angeles authorities have responded to critics of the massive effort to save a German shepherd trapped in the Los Angeles River.
“All life is important,” fire department captain Steve Ruda said Monday.
About 50 firefighters, a helicopter and swift water rescue teams responded to assist the German shepherd stuck in the rising Los Angeles River, whose steep concrete banks kept the dog from getting out.
The dog, nicknamed Vernon after the city where he was rescued, remained in quarantine at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority shelter in Downey, south of Los Angeles.
While the rescuers who saved the dog on Friday have been widely hailed as heroes, they have also been vilified by a few in blogs, on social networks and story comment sections, the Associated Press reported.
“You’re not going to please everybody. There’s always 10 percent, they either don’t like animals or think we are wasting taxpayer money,” said Ruda.
Joe St. Georges, 50, the 25-year firefighting veteran who hoisted Vernon to safety, lost a fingernail and fractured a thumb when the dog bit him during the rescue, video of which was televised nationally and shown on many Internet sites.
The dog, about 4 years old and 65 pounds, was eating everything given to him and sleeping well, said Capt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for the shelter. If no owner shows up, Reyes said, “we do have a mile-long list of people who want him.”
If Vernon hadn’t been rescued, Reyes said, he would have likely died. “Do you just wait at the mouth of the river and wait for the carcass? Any way you slice it, that is unacceptable. They would not have been able to live that down,” Reyes said. “They made a decision and we support that decision.”
Posted by John Woestendiek January 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: critics, dog, firefighters, german shepherd, helicopter, heroes, heroic, joe st. georges, los angeles, los angeles river, quarantine, rescue, rescued, river, saved, shelter, vernon, video