St Bernard Dog Rescued From Highest Mountain In England After She Collapsed
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out when poor Daisy became unwell while climbing Scafell Pike in Cumbria.
Rescuers quickly responded to the call and once they'd located Daisy - who was kept fed and hydrated by her owners in the meantime - they lifted her onto a stretcher and carried her all the way down.
A spokesperson said: "Last night Cumbria Police contacted us about a St Bernard dog, Daisy, who had collapsed whilst descending from the summit of Scafell Pike.
"Our members didn't need to think twice about mobilising and deploying to help retrieve Daisy.
"Displaying signs of pain in her rear legs and refusing to move, Daisy's owners were able to keep her well hydrated and fed until team members were able to get on scene with a stretcher.
"In advance of getting on location, advice had been sought from several local vets regarding pain relief, possible issues specific to that breed of dog and how best to handle them in such stressful situations.
"On reaching their location, team members carefully introduced themselves to Daisy so as not to cause any additional distress. With the help of a treat or two members were able to assess her condition and administer analgesia for the pain.
"A few different tactics needed to be tried until both Daisy and her stretcher bearers were all satisfied and progress down-hill could be made. "
St Bernards are very large dogs, with Daisy weighing in at 55kg. The team explained Daisy's cooperation was essential in the rescue, but after a bit of persuasion (and plenty of doggie treats) Daisy settled on the stretcher and the team began the journey down the mountain.
"Daisy very quickly settled down with her chin resting on the head guard, having realised that we were trying to help her," the spokesperson continued.
"From there on, apart from the odd little adjustment, the evacuation was found to be not that much different to a normal adult evacuation which is of course is the bread and butter of our team, which we have done hundreds of times before."
Daisy - who was adopted by her current owners a few months ago - was taken home to recover from her ordeal and is now back to her normal high spirits.
"She apparently feels a bit guilty and slightly embarrassed about letting down the image of her cousins bouncing across the Alpine snows with barrels of brandy around their necks," said the spokesperson.
We don't blame you Daisy! We'd need a little rest after climbing the highest mountain in England, too...
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