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Oscar the Cocker Spaniel Survives 120 ft fall

Oscar the dog

When Oscar the cocker spaniel scampered over the edge of a 120ft sheer cliff, Laura Gardener was distraught.Not least because she had only been walking the dog for a friend when she let it off the leash at a coastal beauty spot. Luckily for all concerned, the five-year-old pet escaped from his death-defying leap with just ‘a little limp’ and was yesterday back home with his owners after being checked over by a vet. Mrs Gardener had offered to take Oscar to Old Harry Rocks, near Studland, Dorset, along with her own dog, Dougie, and her three children, because his owner, Rupert was away working at a trade show.

The 41-year-old said: ‘I have taken care of Oscar before so I offered to take him with me to Studland. The coastal path was quite open and I thought it would be OK to let the dogs off their leads. ‘As soon as I did they both went running off about 100 metres in the distance.’ She shouted at the dogs to stop, but while Dougie obeyed the command, Oscar carried on running and ‘flew over the edge’. Mrs Gardener, who lives in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, with husband Andrew, an energy manager, added: ‘I peered over the top and saw Oscar. ‘He looked like he didn’t know what had hit him but he was alive”

‘There was then a brief moment of celebration before I thought, “How am I going to get him back up?”.’ She called coastguards after realising Oscar was stranded at the foot of the cliffs by the incoming tide. But the dog was rescued soon after the fall on Thursday morning by a canoeist who had witnessed the incident. She added: ‘I like to let my dog off the lead to give him a run but I’ll never do it again anywhere near a cliff.’

Mr Brown, 41, who runs a business selling dog products, said: ‘I was quite upset and worried at the time but Laura was brilliant and she did the right thing throughout. ‘These things happen, dogs will be dogs. Oscar is walking a bit gingerly today but he is fine.’ Steve Williams, a watch manager at Portland coastguard, said: ‘Oscar is one lucky dog. ‘I can only assume he suffered a bump or two on the way down the cliff which cushioned his fall. ‘We always advise pet owners to keep their dogs on their leads near cliffs as the animals do get excited and can fall over the edge.’

This article was originally on the Daily Mail website here:

Rupert Brown

Rupert owns and runs Muddy Paws with his wife Emma. Having set up the company when Oscar was a puppy 8 years ago (the famous chief tester here at Muddy Paws HQ), Rupert has lots of experience when it comes to looking after a canine companion. Visit Rupert's Google+ profile.

Rupert Brown

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