Fudge, and adventurous chocolate Lab has a narrow escape this week. The Labrador Retriever had to be rescued from a cliff ledge in the Terra Nova National Park.
On National Dog Day, members of the Triple Bay Eagles Search and Rescue team really showed their dog love. The suited up after receiving an an unusual call – a dog had fallen off a cliff in Terra Nova Park.
Four-year-old Labrador, Fudge, was out on a hike owners Diane and Bill Hiscock on Malady Head. At around 2 p.m. leaped at the salty water below. Unknown to him there was was steep cliff below.
“We had a roughly five-kilometer hike to get to Fudge,” rescuers Ed Osmond told CBC.
“We’re up to any challenge,” he laughed. In 18 years with search and rescue this was his first ever dog rescue.
The Labrador‘s owners were waiting anxiously at the top of the cliff for the team.
“They basically [were] keeping me in contact with Fudge by calling his name but you could not see him, so we did not know if the dog was injured. We knew he was still alive but basically that was all we knew,” said Osmond.
Osmond and a teammate rappelled down the steep embankment and soon caught a glimpse of the Labrador dog. The dog was wagging his tail on a narrow ledge that was only just big enough for him to stand on. Only a dog could be happy in such dire circumstances.
There was a 100-meter drop to the water below.
“Here he was with his two front paws up on the cliff but he couldn’t get up because the cliff was too sharp and he was just scratching at the cliff,” said Osmond.
“I was afraid he’d lose his balance and go back over and then … say no more.”
Osmond fitted the dog in a harness and the rescuers used ropes to raise the dog to the top of the cliff.
“He was one happy dog and [they were] one happy couple,” said Osmond. “Just the expression on Diane’s face itself was enough for me when Fudge was reunited with her.”
“Basically you could just see the tears come down her face. It’s like a child to them. That’s how pets are.”
Happy Tails Fudge! So glad you’re safe!
Article and image source: CBC