We've had a weekly Saturday LabFest, 2-3 PM, for seven years.
Summers we use a city park/nature preserve and put our folding chairs in the shade at the edge of a pine grove, about 400 yards/360 m. from a street to the south and with spacious mowed fields all around us. About 100 yards/90 m to our north is a creek, the Shunga-Nunga, lined on both sides with walls of dense woods. At our place, the creek lies in something almost canyon-like, the sides are so steep, about 40 ft. high.
Usually the Labs are fairly good about playing near us and someone frequently slings a training dummy or ball for them to chase after. Almost all our Labs know when it's Saturday and when it'll soon be 2 o'clock.
Today we had 7 Labs, 10 peeps, and beautiful weather.
2 of the Labs are 8 month old brothers (living in separate homes) and today seemed determined to explore the woods and brush bordering the stream and got a couple other Labs to go with them. Their owners successfully called them back several times but the last time, about 2:55, none came back.
A couple owners went to bring them back but found 4 had tumbled down the side walls, about 70-80 degrees steep and couldn't get back up.
Puff and I are familiar with the area because we sometimes walk a trail that borders the Shunga its north side and knew of places not far from there where the walls are less steep, so we and a couple others met the rescue party on the opposite side, hoping to lure the stranded dogs to us there.
But among the rescue group on the south side were a son and a SIL in their 20s & 30s and they managed to climb down fallen tree trunks and partly carry, push, pull, coax, all 4 dogs to the top. Took 30 minutes. It was a bit scarey because neither of the 2 pups knew how to swim and the water looked at least 6 ft/2 m. deep there.
It'd be nice to think the dogs learned something from the experience but, if so, I doubt it'll be anything the owners will welcome.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
That must have been so scary. I am glad they all were okay.
I'm glad there were alright as well, I would have been a wreck!
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
Happy ending! That's what counts, isn't it. Have those two pups been enrolled at the YMCA Swim Classes yet?
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
That is a happy ending, I'm glad everything worked out. I just kept picturing an old Lassie episode, but in reverse with Timmy rescuing Lassie.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
The dogs didn't learn anything, but maybe the owners did.
And --- heh --- BobPR said //peeps//.
Kelrobin Cleveland Street Denizen, CGC, RN [Parker]
"Dear George: Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings. Love, Clarence" -- IAWL Screenplay (1946)
My nightmare when it comes to water Bob ! I'm not a strong swimmer and there are a lot of people that have drowned in the last year trying to save their pets ! I can think of at least three.
Lucky dogs and owners.
WOW scary, but glad to hear everyonr (puppers & peeps) made it out safely!
My pretty girl, Lexi!
So scarey. Glad it had a happy ending