A mountain rescue team has said its members “ didn’t have to think long ” when they were called to help a 121-pound (55 kg) Saint Bernard who had collapsed while descending England’s highest mountain.
Sixteen volunteers from the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team spent nearly five hours rescuing Daisy from Scafell Pike after a call from the Cumbria Police Department.
The team said the dog showed signs of pain in its hind legs and refused to move when it came down from the top of the mountain with its owners on Friday evening.
A spokesperson said: “When we have team members at home with their own spoiled puppies, as well as our much loved search dog Jess, we recognize the distress an animal can feel as well as their owners.
“That’s why … when the Cumbria Police Department contacted us about a Saint Bernard dog (Daisy), which had collapsed while descending from the top of Scafell Pike and was unable to continue, our members didn’t have to think twice. on mobilization and commitment to help bring Daisy back from the highest in England. ‘
The team said they had sought veterinary advice before embarking on the rescue, and they could assess Daisy’s condition and administer pain relief before lifting her from the mountain on a stretcher.
They said: “After a little bit of persuasion and a little bit of stretcher adjustment to become dog-friendly, and of course many more treats, the 55kg Daisy quickly sat down with her chin on the headguard after realizing we were trying to help her.
“From that moment on, apart from the strange adjustment, the evacuation turned out to be not much different from a normal evacuation of adults, which is of course the bread and butter of our team, which we have done hundreds of times before. “
St Bernard dogs were originally bred to assist with rescues in the Alps in Italy and Switzerland, but the team said Daisy was the “perfect victim” and is now recovering from her own rescue problem.
The spokesman said, “Apparently she feels a little guilty and a bit ashamed for dropping the image of her cousins bouncing over the Alpine snow with tons of brandy around their necks.”
The team thanked West Lakeland Veterinary Group and Galemire Veterinary Hospital for their advice and support during the rescue.
– Donations can be made to the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team at www.justgiving.com/wasdalemrt