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Dachshund Rita got stuck in a hole in France

A tale of two Dachshunds in holes

Dachshund Rita got stuck in a hole in France

In France last week, a special rescue team had to be called out to save a Dachshund who got herself stuck in a deep hole. The Dachshund News has provided a summary below (For further reference, here’s the original French article and  the English translation):

Rita, a small wirehaired Dachshund, fell into a rock cavity Sunday during a hunting party to Saffres and did not emerge until four days later. Another dog found where she had disappeared. “This kind of problem is quite common in the area, but in general we can identify the animal by ourselves,” says Michel Corduant, president of the Saffres hunting company. “But Rita’s case is truly exceptional. This is the first time I have faced such a phenomenon.”

After trying several times to get the dog out on their own, the hunters called firefighters to Vitteaux Wednesday morning. But they soon realized that the place was totally inaccessible and decided to call in reinforcements from Grimp Dijon (Group recognition and intervention in dangerous situations). In total, nearly a dozen men redoubled their efforts to try to unblock the entrance of the cavity and thus to remove the animal, apparently stuck at 1.50 m depth. By supper time, they had cleared a route and finally managed to release the Dachshund. “Rita is well, just very dirty and hungry,” jokes Michael Corduant.

Daniel Martenot, Mayor of Saffres congratulated rescue teams for the hard work done to save the 10-year-old dog.

Wisconsin Dachshund rescued from holeMeanwhile in Green Bay, Wisconsin back in January, Emma, a two-year-old Dachshund also had to be saved from a hole after she got herself trapped chasing a small animal.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reported:

What might have been a simple rescue of coaxing Emma from beneath the underground rock gaps turned into a community rescue party involving a backhoe, Rollie’s Rotor Rooter, chisels, underground camera cables, a jackhammer and plenty of persuasive dog treats.

“You could see her nose and even touch her, but she was wedged in a hole with a rock preventing us from getting her out from the angle we were digging,’’ said Debbie Skubal, who also tried her luck grabbing the dog. “She was so scared, she pulled back whenever I got near her.’’

You could hear the dog occasionally whimper during the 2½-day ordeal. Also saving Emma was the mild daytime temperatures in the mid-40s and only dipping slightly at night under a persistent shoreline fog.

Rubber neckers can find more rescue photos here.

Could a Dachshund take a badger?

Both Dachshunds and Scottish Terriers were bred for badger hunting.
Abby and Charlie
Abby and Charlie by Kyjen Photos, on Flickr

But can you really see the likes of the two dogs above dealing with the two creatures below?

Badgers in beech woods September 2010 Richard Hopkns

Badgers in beech woods September 2010 Richard Hopkns by rehopkins, on Flickr

That’s the question being discussed at — where else? — the Carnivora forum, where they note that the dogs’ job was to flush the badgers out not necessarily to take them down. Here’s a long-ago Dachshund at work hunting.

Dachshund confronting a badger

Dachshund spends six days eight feet under

Despite the ordeal of being stuck in a badger hole for nearly a week, Lucy, the English sausage dog, is now fine. The local paper has all the details on her dramatic rescue:

Animal rescue specialist Anton Phillips used listening equipment and a snake eye camera to examine the network of tunnels but could find no sign of Lucy.

On the fifth day of their daily visits to the sett Mr West, 58, detected a faint whimper using a listening probe made with a plastic funnel and pipe.

“At first I though I was imaging it, but then I realised it was for real,” he said.

Here’s another photo of Lucy looking completely exhausted.

Fierce Dachshund saves terrier buddy from eagles

Okay, maybe of all the websites out there, the Daily Doxie should not be the one to say this, but we were just a little bit surprised by the hero and victim roles in this real-life drama. In all honesty, we would have expected it to be the other way around– with the Jack Russell protecting the wiener dog when eagles attacked.

Trip Trubee, who lives 100 yards from the nest, was not home on the summer day one of the fledglings made its first foray, but he’d left his dogs outside in the fenced back yard. That turned out to be not such a good idea — a Jack Russell terrier apparently looks a lot like an ice cream cone to a bald eagle.

Neighbors heard the barking but thought little of it. When Trubee got home, the racket was still going on. He went out back to find his dachshund Dicky in a rage, barking into the woods, and his Jack Russell Moby cowering on the ground, bleeding.

When Trubee probed the tree line to investigate, out hopped a young eagle that took flight for safety. The Jack Russell had more than 20 puncture wounds from repeated eagle attacks, Trubee said, and appears to owe its life to the brave dachshund that fought off the intruder.

Bravo Dicky, Moby definitely owes you one.

Miniature Dachshund hunts cemetery moles

The Fremont Tribune in Nebraska reports:

The friendly little dog didn’t become a lean, mean, mole-hunting machine until about four years ago.

That first year, he got two or three moles.

He killed 15 the second year and 73 last year.

What turned Bubba into a full-fledged mole hunter?

Click through to read the interesting comments on this article. Bubba lso appeared in the Daily Doxie and lesser known Fremont Tribune a year ago.

Is this squirrel asking for it? Dachsund says yes

The video evidence is pretty conclusive. Unless this squirrel is about to miss an important appointment, he’s definitely looking for trouble.

Chili the wiener dog’s owner says:

This is proof that the neighborhood squirrels like to mess with Chili in the back yard. I do not wish any harm to the squirrels, but Chili has already taken out 2 of them. All fun and games until somebody get hurt…

Doxies sniff out truffles, mushrooms

The Daily Dachshund and Dog News must admit that it didn’t know dogs — let alone doxies — could be trained to sniff out truffles, the treat of gourmets. We thought it was a pig thing.

Turns out it’s both and in France, they even have truffle sniffing competitions for dogs. Alas, the Dachshund mentioned in this article didn’t do too well and ended up with nothing more than salami. But this little fellow, discovered in the New York Times archives, was apparently a far more diligent worker, helping his French immigrant owner discover mushrooms in the Bronx woods in 1915. It’s hard to argue that he didn’t live up to his name of Charlemagne.