Search and rescue crews worked to pluck a panicked puppy out of the Vedder River Monday. (Submitted photo)

Search and rescue crews worked to pluck a panicked puppy out of the Vedder River Monday. (Submitted photo)

Soggy dog plucked from Vedder River by Chilliwack Search and Rescue

A 10 month old puppy bit off far more than she could chew throwing herself into the rushing river

A Chilliwack woman is happy to have her Burmese Mountain Dog home and happy after a tense river rescue.

Cheryl Schuh credits three helpful teenagers and emergency crews for saving her precocious puppy after the 10 month old got herself into a tough spot.

Cheryl says she was walking the Vedder Rotary Trail Monday when her dog suddenly bolted, and threw herself into the fast-moving river. Cheryl scrambled down a steep bank and watched as the panicked pup tried to get back to shore. The dog was able to dig her paws into a slippery rock jutting out from a thick patch of blueberry bushes, and held on for dear life as the river tried to sweep her away.

“I live by Cultus Lake and her ventures have always been joyous in shallow, still and safe water,” Cheryl says. “I understood her enthusiastic frenzy seeing water, but she just learned how to swim the last two weeks.”

From her spot by the rushing river, Cheryl looked up to the trail and saw three teenage boys.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Search and Rescue ready to recruit new members

READ MORE: Harrowing rescue for woman and daughter on Fraser River

She got their attention and they came down to join her. She says they were very helpful, and she wishes she’d had a chance to thank them in the moment.

“One stayed with me while I was on the phone with police and another scouted the landmarks and described the area,” she says. “The third one shot off to the parking lot to direct emergency personnel once they got there.

“Because of them I was able to stay put and constantly encourage my puppy to stand and stay, even as her feet constantly slipped from under her. If I’d had to leave for any reason, she would have panicked and jumped back into the river.”

Police were first on the scene, but an attempt by an officer to cut through thorny bushes with a machete failed.

A fire truck arrived next and there was thought given to using a ladder, but eventually it was decided this was a job for search and rescue. When they arrived, a tethered SAR team member went out into the water, with another close behind.

The dog was scooped up and passed back to safety.

“My previously whimpering puppy joyfully bounded back onto solid land,” Cheryl says. “My heartfelt deepest thanks for this team of enthusiastic and able rescuers. Their dedication and innovation towards a successful conclusion helped my afternoon end in heartfelt joy, and gratitude for the privilege to live in a country where all lifeforms are worthy of life saving efforts.”


@ProgressSports
eric.welsh@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

DogsSearch and Rescue

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Delta Police dog retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

A tow truck works to pull a dump truck from a ditch at 176 Street and 40 Avenue, following a two-vehicle incident Tuesday (Jan. 19) afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)
PHOTOS: Dump truck, car collide in South Surrey

Intersection – 176 Street and 40 Avenue – was site of 2019 fatal collision

Police on the scene of a homicide in South Surrey’s Morgan Heights neighbourhood earlier this month. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Crime Stoppers received more than 500 tips related to gang activity in 2020: report

Metro Vancouver organization “urging local residents to keep providing anonymous tips”

In 2017, a member of the Disneyana Fan Club curated a small Community Treasures exhibit at the Museum of Surrey about the early days of Disney and the cartoonist Walt Disney. The museum is now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibition. (Photo: Submitted)
Museum of Surrey wants to spotlight local organizations and clubs

Museum now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibit

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

A woman types on her laptop in Miami in a Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wilfredo Lee
British Columbia government lax on cybersecurity practices, auditor reports

The audit did not highlight a specific threat, but it found breaches in cybersecurity are increasing globally

A child joins the Uke ‘n Play kickoff event at the Chilliwack Library on Oct. 1, 2016. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Events return, in virtual form, at Fraser Valley Regional Library

People can take part in ukulele jam, bullet journaling, reading groups and more

Cranbrook Food Bank coordinator Deanna Kemperman, Potluck Cafe Society executive director Naved Noorani and Sunshine Coast Community Services Society executive director Catherine Leach join B.C.’s new Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne on a video call about B.C. gaming grants, Jan. 19, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. gaming grants reorganized for COVID-19 priorities

Minister highlights community kitchens, food banks

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a window display at a store in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, December 13, 2020. The association representing businesses across Metro Vancouver says the costs of COVID-19 continue to mount for its members.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Greater Vancouver business organization says members face uncertain outlook in 2021

Many Greater Vancouver businesses are barely treading water as they enter 2021

Most Read