He lost his footing while on a walk with owner Jonathan Rice, who said of the dog’s recovery: ‘All his Christmases have come at once.’ Edale’s Mountain Rescue Team scrambled to the scene at around midday, after Walter slipped down the face of Back Tor. Jonathan and three of his friends who he was hiking with were able to get Walter up to a ridge track towards the rescuers.
He explained: ‘If I was on my own it could have been a different story.
‘He has various injuries including pelvic trauma but he’s alive. As the vet said, all his Christmas had come at once, he’s a very lucky lad.
‘Walter is back home – now there’s something that I thought would not happen.’
Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
Jonathan continued: ‘He’s bruised, battered and has staples in that deep wound and broke a bit off his pelvis off.
‘With rest and time to recover the prognosis is to resume a normal crazy life.
‘To survive and be home within 24 hours is amazing.’
A response vehicle met Walter with a vet on board gave him emergency treatment on the cliff.
A spokesman for the rescue team said: ‘The team leader was local, so was able to respond to the nearest RV to the incident and confirm the location.
‘We had a visual contact with the party and could confirm with them that they were taking the best route off towards our RV.
‘The usual business of dealing with the kit after a call out still needed to be completed and kit was washed and gear replaced according to Covid-19 regulations.
Celebrate Your Pet at Every Age. Everyone loves a new puppy or kitten, says Dr. Becker. “They’re wildly kinetic, and humorous. An older pet is thinner, bonier. Their coats aren’t as soft, they might have bad breath.” But, like people, a pet’s needs change with age. They may be less active, preferring a leisurely stroll to a rollicking tug-of-war. “Our old retriever, who’s blind, still wants to retrieve.” Adapting to their changing needs will ensure your old friend remains a healthy and happy member of your family.
‘We wish Walter a full recovery.’Walter was treated by staff at Park Veterinary Hospital in Sheffield, where he was confirmed as having had a lucky escape.
A spokesman for the hospital said: ‘Walter was swiftly brought to us and received emergency treatment and x-rays.‘Miraculously all that was broken was a fragment of his pelvis.
‘He had a wound which was treated and otherwise was just bruised.
‘He stayed in for observations and pain relief and went home the next day.‘Thank you so much to Edale Mountain Rescue Team for all they do.’
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