Trapped Toby the Hiking Dog Rescued from Cliff by Cowichan Search and Rescue – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The other day my husband and I had a long conversation about what we would do with our cat if we were offered $ 250,000 to donate. Blame it on the Internet. He saw it online and we got into speculation. Rest assured that Timber, aka Mr. Bite, stays with us. (But I mean, I guess we’d be dumb not to at least get six-figure offers?)
The truth is, pets very quickly become part of our families. Even small goldfish tend to have mini-burials before they are emptied. The first half-dozen anyway. Wood is part of our family and at this point I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have it otherwise. I’m sure you feel the same about your pets, if you have any.
That’s why I can’t imagine Daniel Shu’s stress level when his beloved dog, Toby, fell off a cliff while they were hiking Mount Tzouhalem on the evening of September 25th.
It had been a steady walk to the point of view for Shu, his girlfriend, and Toby, the five-year-old chocolate lab.
âWe usually go hiking with Toby off leash and we never had a problem,â Shu explained. âAfter admiring the view, we started to go back and realized that Toby was not following us. We called it for about 30 minutes going up and down the trail.
The polite dog doesn’t really bark, so it was a pretty solid game of hide and seek.
“At first we thought maybe he had come back or something or found some food, but during the time that passed I started to feel that something was wrong. ‘wasn’t going,’ Shu said. “So we went back to the place where we last saw [him] and I thought about waiting there.
It turned out to be a good idea.
“My girlfriend looked over the edge of the cliff and luckily saw his cock about 10 feet below.”
Toby had fallen off the cliff, but by sheer luck he landed on another cliff, albeit crumbly below. He was not injured by the fall. He was stuck, however.
âIf it hadn’t been visible at that time, I wouldn’t know what the result would have been,â Shu noted. âWhen I realized we couldn’t help her, I called 911 at 3:27 pm and asked for the fire department. The dispatch said that the firefighters were not rescuing animals but that they would make a call.
About 20 minutes later, Cowichan Search and Rescue called Shu back, and Shu was able to give them their GPS coordinates and a screenshot of their location on the Town of North Cowichan trails app.
âWhile we were waiting for the SAR, part of the ledge that Toby was on collapsed and fell. We kept saying ‘Toby stay’.
Cowichan SAR quickly found the trio and his ropes team got in place to save the dog.
âWhen the SAR arrived, I guess he knew help was coming and we heard him complain for the first time,â Shu said. “But he was there for over two hours.”
Shu said Toby was saved “by the most incredible group of heroes”.
“I am always impressed with the way the team came in and the manager assessed the situation, asked me a few questions, reassured me that ‘don’t worry, we will have it’,” added Shu. . “Everyone went through the script, it looks like from their training, shouting commands as they go through the security checks and set up the rope and everything.”
And in the end, Toby was reunited on top of the mountain with his family no worse for wear.
Shu had nothing but praise for Cowichan SAR: âI cannot thank them enough for their selfless volunteering. We were lucky they were there for us. For the folks who arrived at the scene, the professionalism and calm nature in the way you hooked up your ropes and descended the cliff to save our dog – I have no words to describe the appreciation for what you done. Thanks again.”
All of this could have been avoided if Shu had considered trading his dog for $ 250,000. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. There is just something about pets that brings richness to our lives that money just can’t match.
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