There’s an old trope of the firefighter rescuing a cat out of a tree, but last week it was a much bigger pet that needed rescuing from a tree top.
A dog owner, Christina Danner, from Idaho, USA, could make a great cat parent after getting more than she bargained for in her pooch — Izzy.
The cute pit bull-husky mix was stuck on top of a tree last week after his endless chase of a squirrel turned out to be an embarrassing problem, according to the Caldwell Fire Department — which came to his rescue.
“Well, definitely not a cat in a tree,” fire officials joked, sharing photos from the rescue on Facebook. “Perhaps, he will not be so persistent next time, in chasing squirrels.”
Danner commented on the post: “He was the runt of the litter. He did not learn his lesson. He’s been whining all morning trying to get out and get that squirrel.”
She said the dog was never close in pursuing the swift-footed rodent but kept “pacing” trying to search for it.
After her unusual rescue operation, Izzy enjoyed a bowl of food on the ground, with the Lebanon Fire District — from Idaho’s neighboring state of Oregon — also seeing the funny side of it.
“Well, that’s a new one we haven’t seen before….” it commented.
According to the American Kennel Club, nothing catches a dog’s attention like a sneaky squirrel running across the yard.
“A fascination with the movement of small critters is part of dogs’ predatory heritage,” the pedigree registry explains on their website. “Lots of dogs love squirrels, birds, rabbits, and other small critters. Patrolling the backyard for their presence is a favorite pastime.”