Mee Duke, a four-year-old golden retriever who loves spending time outside with his family.
Duke especially loves hiking, but on a recent hike in the mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore, the 100-pound dog got stuck on a difficult trail and needed the help of several kind rescuers to get him out of trouble.
The 100-pound dog cut his paws when the trail he and his mom were hiking turned into sharp rocks. Duke’s mom tried to carry him to safety herself, but the terrain beneath her feet was still too rough to walk on and the narrow trail had a steep drop-off. So she called North Shore Rescue for help.
North Shore Rescue
Within minutes, air operations coordinator Tim Blown and the rest of his team responded to the scene via helicopter.
“We were able to land not that far away, exit the helicopter and hike down to the location,” Blown said.
Although the North Shore Rescue team is used to saving humans on the mountain range, they’ve rescued a few dogs in the past, so they knew just what to do.
“We put him in a rescue harness and then one of our members hiked the dog back to the helicopter,” Blown said.
Duke weighed more than 100 pounds and was in pain from his leg injuries, but he remained calm throughout the rescue. In fact, he was glad to be picked up by rescuers.
“You would think so [when] Picking up a big dog and carrying them around, they can get mad,” Blown said. “But when we got him into the helicopter and put him in there, he seemed pretty happy.”
The chopper was subsequently removed from the precarious top by the North Shore Rescue crew, who also transported Duke and his humans back to the ground without incident.
After landing, Duke was immediately taken to a nearby animal hospital where he received urgent attention for his paws.
Thanks to North Shore Rescue’s quick response, Duke is on the mend. According to the vet, his paws should be fully healed in a few weeks, which means he will soon be able to explore safe dog trails with his parents.