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I just caught a call from my parents. Their mad rescue labrador has taken up cliff diving. She was on the lead, but saw something she wanted to chase, ripped free from my mum's grasp and set off but hadn't accounted for the fact that it was on the other side of a 200ft fall and went straight over the edge. Unbelievably, she survived the fall; she bounced a few times on the way down. The RNLI came out and picked her up (she trotted over to them wagging) and was taken straight to the nearest vet. The vet was astonished she was alive, let alone wagging and bouncing.

The final injury count is:

Broken jaw,

Punctured lung

slight cruciate damage in one leg

a nasty cut that just missed the eye and some other cuts and bruises

Her back's fine, the eye's fine and there's  no damage to the skull, although having nothing in it in the first place probably helped.

So she's off to a specialist in Taunton for surgery and wiring on the jaw. My parents are a bit shaken up from it all, but seems okay, considering. Just goes to show how quickly something can go wrong, even if you've ticked all the right boxes. She never chases on walks, just balls and squirrels, she was on the lead and they weren't close to the cliff edge initially. Anyway, thank goodness for Pet insurance and the RNLI! Here she is in less airborne days, waiting for a ball to be launched

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Lucky dog I hope she makes a good recovery.   I understand both Lifeboat and Coastguard are happy to come out on pet rescue rather than owners attempting it themselves.

 

Blackpowder

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Jesus, they do like to test our stress don't they. 

 

I thought it was bad when mine jumped out of the upstairs window at my mums onto a concrete slab, yet walked away totally fine! 

Damn resilient they are.

 

Good luck with the recovery. 

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Where I live is coastal and I always worried about my dog chasing and going into the brambles then falling to her death but luckily it never happened and I avoided those areas but I’d almost rather see someone fall off it than my dog

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Sadly a common occurance down here in Pembrokeshire with people walking the coast path with their dogs off the lead, and on some of our cliffs there's no way they survive the fall, at least 6 have gone over this year.There are even notices advising people to keep their dogs on a lead.

Glad she lived to tell the tail (sic)

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49 minutes ago, welsh1 said:

Sadly a common occurance down here in Pembrokeshire with people walking the coast path with their dogs off the lead, and on some of our cliffs there's no way they survive the fall, at least 6 have gone over this year.There are even notices advising people to keep their dogs on a lead.

Glad she lived to tell the tail (sic)

Same here unfortunately.

Glad the nutter is ok

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10 hours ago, welsh1 said:

Sadly a common occurance down here in Pembrokeshire with people walking the coast path with their dogs off the lead, and on some of our cliffs there's no way they survive the fall, at least 6 have gone over this year.There are even notices advising people to keep their dogs on a lead.

Glad she lived to tell the tail (sic)

 

Hardly a shocker with the attitude of a lot of dog owners sadly. They don't think those signs apply to them. 

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A very lucky dog, glad it's OK.

This happened to a friend of ours dog, they were on a day trip to the Isle of Wight, their dog was off the lead, very obedient, but ran too close to the edge, slipped and fell.  Sadly the dog died.

I have always been super cautious with our dogs near cliff edges.

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