Firefighters are known to save cats from trees but freeing a pet pony from a sticky situation proved much more dramatic. Daisy, a Welsh Mountain Pony, was stuck in a deep muddy bog with only her neck and head poking out, before she was eventually rescued.
She had been missing for 36 hours and was getting weaker by the minute when she was finally spotted by search teams who had been unable to use a drone to find her because of high winds. Her owner had spent a day and a half combing Dowrog Common, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales without any luck before enlisting the help of locals to find her.
Eventually Nathan Walton from The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales stumbled on poor Daisy, stuck up past her shoulders and in distress.
They called in St Davids Fire and Rescue service, who along with local farmers teamed up to try and pull her out and eventually, with the help of a digger provided by local Dai Murphy, Daisy was winched to safety.
Amazingly, for a pony who had been stuck in a cold bog for up to 36 hours, she was able to stand within minutes and walked away, not even lame.
Ecologist and TV presenter Dr Sarah Beynon, who runs visitor attraction Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, opposite the common, watched the drama unfold last week: “It was a truly amazing team effort to rescue this little Welsh Mountain pony from an area of quaking bog.
“We wish her a speedy recovery so she can join her conservation-grazing herd to once again help make Dowrog Common a world-renowned home for wildlife.”
Relieved owner Judy added: “The amazing St Davids Fire and Rescue and neighbouring farmers were onsite in no time at all and got a strap under her. So many came to help with the rescue, despite knowing it could be a traumatic experience.
“Huge thanks also to Dai – who also rescued our cow Alice from a bog years ago. It is truly humbling being able to pick up the phone and call someone at the end of a busy day.”
The arrival of a new baby can leave our doggy friends feeling unsettled: babies sound, look and smell very different. The arrival of a baby will also mean a change in how you interact with your canine pal.
The earlier you prepare them to get baby-ready, the more confident you’ll be in knowing your pooch still feels part of the family when your new bundle of joy comes through the door.
In the months leading up to the birth, start introducing items like highchairs and playmats around your house to allow your dog time to get familiar with tall things baby.
Slowly begin to restrict access to rooms, particularly your baby’s future bedroom. Introducing baby gates will help get your dog used to being separated from you.
It’s particularly important to get them used to changes in how you react.
This is especially when he or she is looking for your attention – you don’t want your dog to be jumping up when you come into the house carrying the baby.
Start this by only saying ‘hello’ to your dog when entering once they are calm and have four feet on the floor.
Also introduce a signal that you’re busy, such as teaching a ‘settle’ to prepare for times when you have the baby with you.
Next accustom your dog to you carrying a baby using a life-like doll. Build up to coming into the house with the doll so they learn to be calm as you enter with baby.
Sit with the doll whilst encouraging a settle so your dog also learns to relax when you have the baby with you.