The Dachshund breed is known for their abilities to sniff out smaller creatures and help hunters chase them. Their long bodies and short legs are perfect for digging and going after these animals when they hide in their underground tunnels. And even though most Dachshunds owners don’t use them for that purpose anymore, their skills are still retained.
And because of that, a doxie from Haworth, West Yorkshire, almost lost his life.
Sarah McLellan is a British woman that owns a wire-haired Dachshund named Ralph. One day, while walking her little pooch near their English home, the dog saw something and suddenly bolted. Sarah tried to give chase, but the doxie was too fast for her. The worried owner tried to look for her beloved pet, but she couldn’t find him.
She called her husband, and they spent hours combing the area. In the next few days, their family and friends came out to help with the search. On the fifth day, with the help of their other pet, another dachshund named Edie, they were able to find him.
Five feet below the ground
It seemed like Ralph chased a rabbit and got himself trapped when he went down the rabbit’s hole. He probably kept on digging to set himself free, but he just got deeper inside the tunnel. He was five feet below the ground level when they found him.
Sarah’s husband, along with some friends, took off to get some digging tools. And for the next two hours, they slowly and gently dug around the hole. They made sure that the soil would not collapse and bury Ralph.
Once he was out, he took a pee and walked around as if nothing happened. Sarah then took Ralph to a vet to have him checked out. Thankfully, he didn’t have any serious health conditions. He only suffered from some dehydration and also lost some weight.
Source: Jane Hudson via Facebook