Lucky by name and nature!
This was proven on Monday afternoon when the six-year-old dog was fortunate to survive a near-death experience when she was trapped between boulders at Welches Beach, Christ Church, after she wandered away from home.
Owner Earl Flemings, of Maxwell Park, Christ Church, told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that he was thankful to fire officers from the Worthing Station for rescuing the dog with the help of the Jaws of Life, which they used to remove the boulders.
According to Flemings, he was not at home when the dog, which he has had from when she was a three-month-old puppy, broke down the front gate and left the premises.
He said when he returned home around 4 p.m. and discovered that she was not there, his family went looking for her in the surrounding areas, including Welches Beach, on which she walked almost every morning.
“A family member . . . saw some footprints on the beach opposite Golden Sands. They followed the footsteps and realized it led to where the rocks were.
“They started to call her name and heard the crying sounds of the dog and realized that she was down in the rocks. We could have seen her looking at us but we couldn’t get her up because she was stuck in between the rocks,” he said.
Flemings said the Barbados Fire Service was called and responded quickly. He said he was impressed with the level of professionalism the officers possessed despite the challenges they faced in removing the boulders and extricating the house dog, who suffered minor scratches and bruises.
“We would like to thank the fire service for their quick response and their dedicated help in getting her out because it took some time. We want to thank everybody who helped.
“She is very special to us and we are very pleased to get her back. She is loved by us all and everybody who see us going to the beach in the morning. We have gained a lot of friends from taking her to the beach,” he said.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) also responded.