A few days ago, an over exuberant young dog broke away from her family which was climbing the hills north of Roads End. They figured the dog would come back eventually. So when Nora, their 1.5 year Goldenoodle didn’t come back, they went looking for her. Nora was spotted far down a clifface, resting on a stone outcropping about 200 feet above the sand below.
North Lincoln Fire and Rescue were summoned. They said fortunately the rock Nora trapped on was quite accessible for experienced rescue cliff climber. When they reached the injured animal they lowered it down in what’s called a “soft pouch” used to carry animals from their perches or up from their falls.
Nora’s master, Leah Dymock drove the dog to a local vet, but he said the options were either put the dog asleep or take it to Portland. That’s what they did, all the while hoping the animal wouldn’t die enroute on a 85 mile drive.
Leah Dymock said that as it turned out it was just a broken rib that had punched one of Nora’s lung. In the end the animal didn’t actually need surgery, the veterinarian surgeon opting instead to recommend to Nora’s owners for Nora to just take it easy for the rest of the summer.
Happy family to get their dog back and that family learning just short of a tragedy, that dogs need to be on leashes generally, but especially if you’re around uncharted territory, hundreds of feet in the air!!