In between downpours at my father-in-law's house Sunday night, his neighbor from across the road knocked on the door. "There's a puppy stuck in the storm drain," she said. "Can you help?" She said she came outside and heard whimpering and finally discovered where it was coming from. It's a dirt road, and the ditch runs through a drain underneath the end of her driveway. She recognized the puppy as another neighbors. The little one decided to go visit neighbors and for some reason got sidetracked by the pipe. She must have tried going through, but then the rain water started running, and the dirt along with it. My husband grabbed shovels and we ran across the road. The poor thing had just her nose sticking out the end of the pipe, and grass and dirt had wedged on either side of her and under her chin. Doug started digging at the mud around, while I used by hands to pull away what I could. A few minutes later, Doug got his hands under her and tugged her out. She was shivering so, of course, I immediately had to scoop her up to cuddle her close. Doug and his dad cleared the end of the drain pipe a little more so the water would flow freely, and I set the puppy down - she was fine, doing a few circles in the lawn with the neighbor dogs. But she'd stop every so often and shiver. So there I go again - scooping her off to the house, rinsing the mud off in the tub, then drying her with a towel. She was back home before long - but from the looks of the pictures, I needed some cleanup, too!
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Here we are after the cleanup!
What a face!
A little mud never hurt anyone!