A miracle dog endured a hard 12 days trapped down in a badger hole. Her owner refused to surrender trust and instead, set up camp in the woods sitting tight for her safe return.
46 year old Victoria Hogan was left crushed when her border terrier Freda got trapped underground after darting down the opening during a walk.
Victoria carried out an eight day vigil by camping out in Lickey Hills Country Park, near Birmingham in England, in the vague hope she would emerge from the hole. She even endeavored to coax her beloved pet out by cooking bacon and blowing the smell into the opening utilizing a leaf blower, but didn’t have any results.
Incredibly, after 12 days the six year old dog emerged and was found by three students by the side of a road.
Freda was rushed to Blacks Vets’ veterinary medical clinic in Dudley, for urgent treatment for malnutrition, cuts and scrapes, dehydration, and pressure sores.
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Victoria, who also works at the same vets with her husband, said, “I camped out for eight days in the hope that Freda would somehow miraculously re-emerge. The Badgers Trust and RSPCA really supported us, while Hereford and Worcester fire service even used specialist listening devices and cameras to try to locate her, but there was no trace.” She continued, “Then, on day 12, I was told three students had found Freda collapsed at the side of a nearby road and I initially feared the worst… When I was told she was alive it felt like a miracle and I ran out of the house to find her. She was very weak and bedraggled but she was alive, so we rushed her to Blacks Vets 24/7 emergency hospital in Dudley where my husband Brian is based.”
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“They were so supportive and accommodating from the moment it happened… By the time we arrived the nurses and emergency team had already organized a heated bed, had fluids and pain relief ready, and were all geared up to treat her wounds. Some of our colleagues even came in to help, even though they were not on duty.” Victoria told GNN, “They were all fabulous and I now fully realize just how important it is for vets to provide a 24/7 emergency service that can make the difference in cases such as Freda’s.”
She is now back at her home in Lickey, Worcestershire with owners Victoria, her spouse Brian, and their other terrier companion, Bert, after she recovered from the dramatic experience.
Brian, who is a clinical director of Blacks Vets, added, “I’ve been a vet for right around 30 years yet Freda’s story is one of the most staggering I’ve at any point known. She was severely malnourished and dehydrated and had some significant pressure sores as a result of being trapped and wedged underground for so long but, thankfully, nothing that she could not overcome,” He continued. “She was hospitalized for two days here at Blacks for treatment and then allowed home to be reunited with her brother Bert and the rest of the family, which was obviously a very happy occasion indeed.”