A tiny Dachshund is being hailed as a hero for helping to save the life of his much larger canine friend after his persistence led to a dramatic water rescue of a St. Bernard.
The little Dachshund, named Razor, helped alert a passer-by in Belen, New Mexico, to the plight of his 180-pound buddy Jazzy, a St. Bernard, who was stuck two feet deep in the mud.
Owner Tim Chavez believes that the nine-year-old St. Bernard was stuck in a muddy irrigation ditch for 18 hours after she ran away from home, KRQE reports. (Scroll through for all the images and videos.)
Razor the Dachshund started barking wildly last Monday morning, the day after his bigger pal had disappeared. The little canine then trotted across a field towards Jazzy in the ditch.
A driver on the road adjacent to the ditch heard Razor’s barking, looked down and saw the Dachshund next to the immobilized St. Bernard.
The larger dog was then taken out of the mud by Belen police and firefighters who used backboard straps and a spine board, just like they would do for a human.
Belen Fire and Rescue’s Manny Garcia said that the St. Bernard’s hind legs were submerged and she was unable to move, KOAT reports.
The Dachshund’s heroics have earned him local fame and the city council plans to honor the little canine with a certificate at the beginning of March. Mr. Chavez said:
It really means a lot. You don’t really realize how attached you are to your pets until something like this happens.
Mr. Chavez’s Pit Bull Layla also ran away from home last Sunday and is still missing.
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