It’s not all that uncommon for a seven year old coonhound named Buddy to escape his family’s home. His sister Gidget, a two year old English mastiff, is usually not far behind. So, when the pair got out recently, their family wasn’t overly concerned. The pair usually have their fun and then come back home, but the next morning just one of the dogs, Buddy, came back home and he was soaking wet. So, the family headed to the nearby reservoir to try to locate Gidget, but could not find her.
What happened was six miles in the other direction: Gidget and Buddy had visited the wastewater treatment facility together. Lucky for Gidget, a man named Tony Campbell, who works at the plant, heard her cries and barks when he arrived to work that morning. He followed the barks to find poor Gidget stuck in the muck at the wastewater plant. Buddy was even nearby, waiting for his sister, but he ran home when Tony approached him. Tony quickly called the fire department, as going out into the tank was dangerous.
Gidget was in a aeration pond that had 1.5 million gallons of waste and was about seventeen feet deep. She was stuck in a small walkout area underneath a concrete wall. The fire crew suited up and got a catch pole around her and then lowered a ladder for her to climb out of the waste. She was able to get out, and they began to rinse her off with the fire hose and called the Humane Society for help with the stinky predicament. Gidget got two decontamination baths and got a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. Then, she was able to happily reunite with her family who says she is still very stinky from her adventure, despite several baths.