He got into big trouble Friday evening when his family put him outside. Shortly after he went out, they heard him barking, which was not something he normally did.
When they went to investigate, they finally found Cedric barking at the bottom of a hole about 3 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep. Only a thin layer of grass and concrete had covered the hole which the family didn’t even know was there. It was probably from an old septic tank or well that had once served the property.
They called 911 a little before 9 pm Friday. Sheriff’s deputies, fire crews and the Technical Rescue Team helped in the rescue of Cedric which was completed around 1 am Saturday.
The Rollin’s backyard was turned into a rescue scene with A-frames, pulleys, ropes and emergency lighting. Extra precautions had to be taken since recent rains had made the ground around the hole unstable. Local TV camera crews showed up to film the event.
Eventually firefighter Todd Gailey went down into the hole, armed with a chicken breast, to put Cedric into a special harness they had rigged. The two were hoisted to the surface to the cheers of the family, the rescuers, and neighbors who had gathered.
Other than being covered in black mud, Cedric came through the experience with no ill effects. He was hosed off and examined by a veterinarian, Dr. Eric DeVos, who made a house call in the middle of the night.
After a long nap, Cedric was enjoying attention and tummy rubs from many admirers the next day. Fortunately Cedric had been cooperative with the rescuers’ attempts.
“He’s the greatest dog in the world,” Nick Rollins said. “He’s the nicest dog you’d probably ever meet.” Story and video
And a totally nonrelated item: My predictions for NFL Wildcard Weekend were 25% accurate. I’m glad I don’t have a gambling problem… (Thanks, Packers, for sending sicko vicko home)