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NYC terrier survives five story fall

It was like a scene from the Wizard of Oz, and it most likely left Alfie wondering what it was all about.

A silky terrier in Manhattan, swept off an 11th floor terrace by high winds, survived a five-story fall with only minor injuries.

Sarann Lindenauer, 67, had opened her terrace door to let in some air, left her apartment for five minutes and came back to find Alfie — a 4-year-old, 10-pound silky terrier — had vanished.

“I ran all over the house calling his name,” she told the New York Post. “I looked down on the plaza and onto the landing of the town houses.”

The dog was swept from the Independence Plaza complex on May 3 during a thunderstorm, landing five stories below, and 30 feet to the east, on a rooftop.

“It was like ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and he was Toto,” said Jessica Gould, a neighbor who rescued Alfie.  Gould, who lives in a different tower of the complex, had been looking out at the storm from her seventh-floor window and spotted Alfie.

Gould retrieved the dog and brought him to the lobby.

“‘This is Alfie. Oh, my, God … He came from the 11th floor,” she recounted the doorman saying. Lindenauer was called and reunited with the dog, who  sustained only a few bruises and scratches and a cut lip.

“It had to be a horrible, horrible quick wind because he definitely doesn’t jump,” said Lindenauer, who added that Alfie no longer likes going out on the terrace.

Man who threw Oreo off roof may get jail time

Fabian Henderson, the Brooklyn man who threw a 1-year-old dog off a roof this summer, failed to show up for his sentencing yesterday — thereby voiding the plea agreement that would have spared him from serving jail time.

Henderson, 20, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated animal cruelty, and in exchange got a deal that banned him from owning a dog again but allowed him to remain free. Skipping court, though, means there is now a warrant out for Henderson’s arrest, and he could now face up to four years in jail, the New York Daily News reported.

“What do you expect from somebody who would throw a dog off a roof,” said one of the animal rights activists who attended the sentencing hearing.

In June, Henderson threw his pit bull-terrier mix, Oreo, off the roof of a six-story Red Hook public housing project. The dog survived injuries that included shattered legs, bruised lungs and internal bleeding, but last month ASPCA officials had the dog euthanized because she had become too aggressive.

Talking to dogs, fishing for rats

(Because of problems with the links when it was first posted, this entry is being reposted. For other audio features, visit our “Pawedcast” page.)

One talks to dogs (and hears them talk back). One wrangles dolphins. And another was an integral part of bringing the sport of rat fishing to Baltimore.

Just a typical Baltimore evening — though one you might have missed if you weren’t at Centerstage for September’s installment of the Stoop Storytelling series.

The night’s focus was “Animal Tales,” and I was lucky enough to be one of those to spin one, “Ten Things My Dog Taught Me About Humans.”

Now the whole evening — seven storytellers, and three more from the audience — can be heard online at the Stoop Storytelling website.

From animal communicator Terri Diener, who once assisted me in delving into my dog’s past (see part six), to  Chuck Ochlech (pictured above), tournament organizer for the Baltimore Association of Rat Fishermen (BARF), the evening was full of engaging tales.

You can find the full list of storytellers, and the audio versions of their stories here.

They’ll also have a permanent home here on ohmidog! Just click on “Pawedcast,” our new page that will serve as a home for audio features.

(Photo courtesy of Stoop Storytelling)