Reunited And It Feels So Good
Once again, that "go to ground" instinct has gotten one of our Dachshund brothers in trouble. Are we surprised? Meet handsome wirehair 'Norman,' who hails near Lambley, Nottinghamshire, in the UK. Norman found himself in a bit of a pickle when he was on walkies with his mom, Charlotte Batty, last Wednesday and encountered a drainage pipe that was beckoning him to explore. You know the rest - it would be 27 hours before he would finally see daylight again! Excerpt from The Daily Mail:
When he failed to come out she called her in-laws, the fire service and drainage company Dyno-Rod, who used a camera to try and find him – but no one could see him.As darkness fell they were forced to give up the search.
Undeterred, Mrs Batty decided to take matters into her own hands.
The next day she contacted the farmer who owned the field, then spent £75 hiring a digger before returning to the field to dig up the 80-metre-long pipe herself.
After 27 hours in the pipe, which was nine inches wide, Norman was finally found – muddy, but unharmed.
Mrs Batty said: "Norman was wagging his tail.
"I'm just so relieved, I sat down and cried, it was horrible.
"If it was me in a pipe I'd be terrified.
"He was very muddy, but he was so pleased to get out and be around people again. We don't have any children and our dogs are like our children."
Mike Nelmes, Dyno-Rod director, said it was not their usual run-of-the-mill call.
He said: "It's an unusual case. We don't often get that type of call; we're in the game of drain maintenance.
"But the fire brigade called us and anything with vulnerable people or pets with problems then we try to do a good service.
"It's not something you can put a price on – saving someone's pet."
Farmer John Hardy, who owns the land with his brother, said he was happy to help.
He said: "If there's an animal's life at stake you've got to do what you can to rescue it."