40kg dog carried to safety down Table Mountain

2015-01-13 14:55


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Cape Town – A dog owner from Newlands in Cape Town is happy to have his dog in good health after he struggled to carry it down Table Mountain when it walked on broken glass and cut its three paws badly.

According to the Cape Times, Peter Shrimpton was taking the dog together with its mate up Table Mountain on Sunday when the incident happened.

When he realised that his dog had been injured, Shrimpton tried to carry the 40kg golden retriever down the mountain, but eventually he collapsed into a heap.

Shrimpton knew his dog could not go on, but neither was he prepared for a night on the mountain, where the weather can change fast. He had no food, water, torch or warm clothing.

Eventually, he decided to leave it there so he could fetch it the following day.

As Shrimpton walked down, he met two young men on their way up. When they heard of his plight, they offered to help him.

The two young men took turns to carry the dog down until it was re-united with its owner.

In 2013, an old man was found alive after spending five days and five nights lost in the Drakenstein Mountains with his two dogs.

Die Burger reported at the time that Basil Moore, 80, a former Stellenbosch University economics professor, went missing after going for a hike with his two Ridgeback dogs.

A team of 32 volunteers from Wilderness Search and Rescue combed the area in search of him.

Team leader Donnie Dunn said he called out the names of Moore's two dogs and they responded by barking, leading rescuers to them.

The dogs had stayed close to him the entire time, and helped rescue him, Dunn said.

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