One family in Indiana had their old golden retriever go missing earlier this month and they assumed that the geezer found a way out of their yard.
Brett Walker posted this notice on Facebook following the dog’s disappearance:
“Our dog Marley got out on the 6300 block of Nevada in Hammond if anyone has seen him or has any info please DM me,” he wrote on Friday, April 5. “He is harmless he’s just a big baby. Thank you. Please share.”
Not only was Marley getting on in years, but he also had some health issues typical of aging creatures. This is why his soonest return was important.
But on Saturday, the Highland Fire Department posted their own notice and shared photos of an ongoing rescue.
“Highland Fire Department and Highland Police Department are at Grace and Martha helping rescue a stuck dog,” the post read.
In the shared images, first responders could be seen using ropes and ladders to help a trapped dog get out of the steep sides of the creek. The Bristol Herald Courier quoted Fire Chief Bill Timmer saying that the golden retriever was “fading fast” when they got to him but was “a little cantankerous” when they tried to help him out.
The trapped dog was none other than Marley but everyone was baffled how the old guy got caught in such a predicament.
“Someone HAD to have picked him up and then dropped him because he originated from Hessville and was found ACROSS the expressway in Highland,” Gail Walker commented on Brett Walker’s photo. “He’s old, he’s sickly. So HAPPY we got him home…”
But the story became a little more clear after someone named Frank Koziol explained that his wife was the first one who spotted the ailing dog.
“I just glad my wife seen the dog when we were going over the bridge,” he wrote, “I tried to help at first but to steep to get him out call 911 the police and fire department helped did a great job.”
“This is our dog we have no idea how he got that far from 6300 block of Neveda in Hammond,” Brett Walker wrote. “It seems like someone took him and dumped him…”
“I couldn’t thank you enough,” Walker added in a reply to Koziol, “because he’s actually pretty old … We think someone took him and didn’t notice he has a tumor on his butt and than decided to just leave him when he noticed.
“I’m so glad there is good people like you and your wife and he was rescued and not found dead. Again sir 1000 thanks you.”
For his part, Koziol said he was happy the dog was OK and inquired after his health. He added that the dog was a sweetheart and would have had no problem taking him in.
After he got home, Marley was given a bath before eating dinner. He was fast asleep soon after.
“Thanks to all who helped with this rescue,” the fire department added on their own post. “We love a happy outcome!”
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