Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bogey Layman--Canine Search & Rescue

Hubby & I have decided that we are the PROUD owners of our very own search & rescue dog--ok, that might be a little bit over the top, but we are proud nonetheless. Of course there's a story to go along with this discovery!

Tuesday night Hubby took Bogey on a walk by himself while I stayed home with Josie. As they rounded a corner that has 2 empty lots Bogey practically pulled Hubby over as he headed in a very specific direction. It was probably around 9 or 9:30 pm so it was obviously very dark. As Bogey reached his destination, another dog started barking uncontrollably. Hubby was obviously a little bit shocked, but he couldn't see the dog so he assumed that the dog was simply hiding out in the tall weeds and was either lost, a stray, or had been dumped by his owner. He eventually managed to pull Bogey away and they came back to the house. Hubby relayed the story & that was pretty much the end of it.

Fast forward to last night when we decided to walk very early before the rain moved in--Hubby & I both headed out for a walk with Bogey & Josie both along for a nice stroll. As we came to the same corner, Hubby remembered the incident from the night before and headed over to the same area to see if the dog was still there. Sure enough, there it was. However, it wasn't simply hiding out in the weeds--the poor puppy was stuck in a hole about 3-3 1/2 feet deep and there was no way he was getting out on his own. We could tell that the puppy was at least part chihauhau & it was obviously going CRAZY probably from a combination of fear & hunger. Hubby & I decided that we would make another round and discuss what our options were. I mean we couldnt' just leave him there to starve, but we also had 2 other dogs with us and had no clue if this dog was diseased or not.

So...we finally decided to get the opinion of our neighbors (the same fantastic family where we got our precious boy Bogey). Tina (our neighbor) grabbed a pair of gloves & a flashlight & Hubby, myself, Josie, Bogey, and Tina's 2 kids headed back towards the hole for Operation Puppy Rescue. We realized quite quickly that the poor puppy was not going to let us pick him up out of the hole without possibly biting one of us and that was deifnitely not a smart decision. Tina called 911 as a non-emergency and requested animal control come out to rescue the pup. We all waited around for about 15-20 minutes as the pup would not bark unless you got really close to the hole and we didn't want animal control to miss him. They finally arrived & this super nice lady grabbed her gloves, some food, & her animal control pole (you know, the long pole with the wire around the end to grab an animal) and was able to eventually get the dog out of the huge hole. (and now everyone cheers!) While I'm not really a chihauhau fan, he was a cute little thing and I definitely didnt' want him to suffer any longer--I mean who knows how long he had been there!

While it might be a little far-fetched, I have to believe that had Bogey not pulled Hubby over to that hole on Tuesday night--that poor puppy might have starved to death in that hole. YEAH BOGEY!!!!

Of course I failed to grab my camera, I so wish I would have had some photos of the exciting event! However, I did manage to take some pictures last night before dinner. We have a Cleveland pear tree in our front yard which is beautiful in the spring & an Autumn Blaze Maple in the back which is beautiful in the fall. I just had to snap a picture of all the leaves before the wind/rain blew them all the to the ground!
Don't you just love the colors of fall?
This morning most of these leaves are already on the ground from some fairly heavy winds we had over night--Hubby may even have to rake a bit to keep them from killing our grass!

I also snapped a few photos of Bogey & Josie playing around. I've decided that Josie thinks it's easier if she just plays dead and lets Bogey sniff around her all he wants--she doesn't seem to mind and both tails wag continuously when they're together so I think they must be developing a great friendship!

I love this shot of both of them looking at the camera--too bad you can hardly see Josie's eyes! I can't hardly get over the size difference but they love to play together!


Llama said...

awww you both are such good good people. what an amazing rescue. what ended up happening to the dog? did he/she have owners?

Lindsey said...

Aw! You guys rock!!

Callie Nicole said...

Your dogs are so cute! I'm glad your dog helped find that little chihuahua - it would be bad if he starved to death!
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