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Let's hear some feel-good stories for a change (8 replies)

Dave Baker
2 years ago
Dave Baker 2 years ago

I get so dejected sometimes hearing about all the animal cruelty and abuse out there, or pets who have been sitting in the shelter forever waiting for someone to come along and adopt them.

So I wanted to carve out some space in the forums for everyone to share some happy stories. Who's got one?

Melissa Smith
2 years ago
Melissa Smith 2 years ago
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Me! I do!

My sister is a Vet Tech, and as part of her job she flies to various training sessions and assistance programs throughout the year. One such trip took her to the Dominican Republic, where she saw a lot of stray dogs just roaming the streets. She knew she couldn't save them all, but she did smuggle home one little passenger. Her puppy dog Rosie is a  mixed breed, adorably spunky dog with a wonderful personality. Saved by my sister, she lives the life of luxury, sprawled out on the couch these days.

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Dave Baker
2 years ago
Dave Baker 2 years ago

What a great story! Rosie has no idea how lucky she is.

Lou53
2 years ago
Lou53 2 years ago

Awesome story!

Lou53
2 years ago
Lou53 2 years ago
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This is awesome story I found on my facebook feed today:

Indianapolis Firefighters from Stations 5 and 14 rescued a dog this evening after the animal got its head stuck in the rim of a tire. At approximately 5:15 pm an unidentified 20 year old woman rang the doorbell of Station 5 located at 450 W 21st St. The woman who lived in the area told firefighters that she found the neighborhood stray stuck in a tire and needed help. The woman said the female Pit Bull Mix, who she calls Jimma, is about 1 ½ years old and is often seen in the area. She has been feeding it and typically sees it stop by her house twice a day. When the woman came home from work this evening, she found the dog stuck in the tire which sits as junk on a neighboring property. Having no idea how long the dog had been stuck, she loaded it into her car and drove to the neighborhood firehouse. The dog who appeared to be stable was visibly shaken but not confrontational.

For 10 minutes, the crew at station 5 made several attempts to ease the dog’s head back out of the hole by utilizing liquid soap and then oil. Neither of these attempts worked. Marking a working extrication, the crew called dispatch for Tactical 14 at 5:29 PM to respond with extrication tools.

Upon arrival, Tactical 14 assessed the condition of the dog and decided on a course of action which they hoped would minimize any possible injury to the dog and keep it calm as they used the large and loud tools near its head. Removal of the rubber tire from the rim was the first step. Several small tools normally used in vehicle extrication were used but ineffective due to the proximity of the dogs head, noise, vibration and the rim material. As several firefighters worked to free the dog, others including IEMS Medic 5 used calming hands and voices to keep the dog from confronting her rescuers. Several times throughout the process, the dog turned skittish and firefighters had to allow the dog a minute to calm down before continuing. Using a tool that cuts brake pedals on cars, firefighters were able to make several substantial cuts in the rim that then allowed them to use the spreaders to further open the rim. It took firefighters over an hour to get the rim removed.
The dog’s airway was never compromised and the dog appeared otherwise ok. After removal of the rim a very happy Jimma was sent home with the resident.

UPDATE: Indianapolis resident Jessica Arnold has identified herself as the woman who brought Jimma to IFD Station 5. She also stated that Jimma will become a part of her family permanently. Thank you Jessica for allowing us to help Jimma in her time of need. We were happy to do so and are thankful our efforts were successful. Thanks ‪#‎INDY‬ for all of the positive comments toward the firefighters and medics on station that day. It is our honor to serve 24/7 365.

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Kristine Lacoste
2 years ago
Kristine Lacoste 2 years ago

That is an awesome story, and even better because Jimma scored a permanent home. 🙂

glf
6 months ago
glf 6 months ago

Has anyone seen the story about some raccoons where a little one is stranded on a ledge next to the water and cannot get up the cement side? One raccoon holds onto another but the lowest one still can't reach the little one. So, another raccoon gets into the act and there are two raccoons holding on the the third one who finally is able to reach the little one and they are both pulled up to safety by the others who were holding the "rescue team." I just love this for so many reasons. 

We all know how elephants are family. They live, breathe, love, remember, protect their family. Well, apparently they are not the only ones.

Melissa Smith
6 months ago
Melissa Smith 6 months ago
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I love this; I hadn't heard the racoon story yet!!

glf
6 months ago
glf 6 months ago

Well, it looks like I didn't quite remember the story exactly as it was. Here's the URL of the video of the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_CY3AjHhuQ

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