San Joaquin County, Calif.
Rescuing cats from treetops is a normal activity for firefighters, but a few days ago they were called to intervene about a German Shepherd dog.
The dog owner Sharon Thurston made the type of call she never expected to make to the Fire Department.
“I was so scared ... that dog is my baby. She’s everything to me,” Thurston told.
She took her 2-year-old German Shepherd named Baby, for a walk, and she took off his leash for a couple of minutes so he could run around.
Several minutes later, she heard the dog barking and soon realized that her dog got himself in a very hazardous position.
“And I looked up and was like, 'oh my gosh, she’s going to fall," Thurston told.
It turned out that Baby was in hot pursuit of a cat. Naturally, the cat went up the tree while trying to escape, and not so naturally, the dog went up after her. Soon they ended up on a tree branch 25 feet above the ground.
“So I called all my neighbors and was like guys, help me, you know. And somebody suggested I call the fire department,” she stated.
The firefighters were not expecting this kind of situation.
“It’s not your typical everyday call,” Marty Ortiz stated.
When Oritz arrived, he said he could see a full-grown German Shepherd perched upon a large tree and the cat at the end of the limb
He instantly took action.
“We were able to get the ladder up there and I made my way up and I was able to grab the dog’s leash right away which was actually tangled up on a limb,” Ortiz told.
“As soon as he removed Baby from the branch, the cat got down by himself” Thurston replied.
“It’s still running around here antagonizing her every day,” Thurston told.
And Baby? Thurston stated: “She’s fantastic now. She’s back to herself.”
“Glad to hear that all turned out well for this pooch, and we are all pretty sure he’ll think twice about chasing cats up the next tree,” officials with the Fire Department stated.
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