Dogs love adventure and Gertie, a white terrier mix from Cincinnati, Ohio, is no exception. She is a terrier type who seeks adventure and prey outdoor.
Recently she was found in an unusual burrow that could have taken her life if not for her owners and a vigilant neighbor.
Connie Frick and Lynn Herman realized their pet pup Gertie was gone but knew that she could manage on her own.
“We fully expected her to come back because she has run away so many times,” they said. Days were passing and she hadn’t returned home.
Her owners posted flyers around the neighborhood and shared about her on the local lost and found groups on Facebook.
***UPDATE*** REUNITED!! Gertie is home safe & sound after 4 days, 7 hours 🙂
“Thanks to our lovely Northside neighbors…
“Gertie still missing since 7/13,” a Pawboost Alert reads. “Ran into Parker Woods, searched there several times. She’s very frightened of storms and may find an open grge??”
It seems that she did find an open garage when on July 18, a neighbor heard whimpering from behind the garage’s cinderblock wall where she was hiding.
Actually, the original garage wall had been built into the hillside that partially collapsed and the owners built another wall of cinderblock, which resulted in a small space between the old and new wall that Gertie seems to have accessed from a hole in the roof.
Gertie wasn’t able to get out of that place on her own and the homeowners couldn’t get her out either, as the crevice was too deep to access the dog from above. So they called Cincinnati Fire Department to free the poor pup.
“There have been missing posters up in Northside for five days in hopes of someone finding Gertie,” the fire department shared in a Facebook post.
“Today a homeowner heard a dog crying behind the garage wall and called us to check it out. “This run ended in a happy reunion and a job well done by Truck 20!”
Watch: Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped Inside Walls
There have been missing posters up in Northside for five days in hopes of someone finding Gertie. Today a homeowner heard a dog crying behind the garage wall and called us to check it out. This run ended in a happy reunion and a job well done by Truck 20!
Posted by Cincinnati Fire Department on Sunday, 18 July 2021
The firefighters went above and beyond to help rescue the pup, firefighter Jenny Adkins used a sledgehammer to chip away at the cinderblock to create a hole big enough for the pudgy dog to fit through. Soon Gertie was out and safe in her owners’ arms in under 10 minutes.
The dog was fine except that she may have “lost a pound or two” and was “terribly stinky,” according to her owners.
We have to wait and see if this incident will make Gertie pause future adventures or has inspired her for more adventures.