A friendly dog in Standard, Ill., named "Doogie," found himself in dire straits on Saturday after tumbling head over paw into an open well, reported Monday's News Tribune.
Doogie, a goldendoodle, toppled into the well while rushing towards a worker who had been hired to investigate a water problem at the home of Arch and Judy Hopkins.
Arch Hopkins was beside himself with worry after peering down into the dark well with a flashlight to see his dog, treading water, 23 feet below - he told the News Tribune:
It was horrifying,”
Help for Doogie came after a call to 911.
Standard firefighters arrived to the family's home and quickly went to work to save the dog who was desperately working to stay afloat at the bottom of the dark well.
Pulling Doogie to safety proved to be a daunting task.
The harnesses possessed by the firefighters were designed for humans, not canines, and worry over Doogie slipping free prevented the rescuers from utilizing one to hoist him out of the water.
Instead, one of the firefighters rappelled down into the well with a mesh body bag, somehow maneuvering the frightened dog inside so that he could be lifted to safety.
According to guardian, Judy Hopkins, Doogie was as happy to be free from the water, as his rescuers were to have succeeded.
He just jumped up and started kissing everybody.
Doogie's family was impressed with the firefighters' ability to save the day, stating:
It was a happy ending.
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