Amazing Photos: Firefighter Rappels Down 200-Foot Cliff to Save a Dog

A German Shepherd named Diamond went missing last Saturday in Jeremiah, Kentucky, and when a neighbor finally found her, she was in a no-good, very bad place — nearly halfway up a 200-foot-cliff. 

Gus Tolliver takes the credit for finding her. He did it with his ears. 

“I didn’t locate it the first time it barked, and it had to bark two or three times, and then I said, “Well, that dog is really close,’” he told “And I just happened to look up on the cliff there and see it.”

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Diamond was 50 feet up, stranded. Above her was sheer cliff. Below her was more cliff. There was no way up or down -- or least none that Diamond was willing to take. She was done. She was going to wait this one out. 

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When firefighters arrived, they planned their strategy. It involved hiking a quarter of a mile to the top of the cliff.

"Our plans were to get up there and repel down to the dog to see if maybe we could get a hold of it to repel it on down," said Fireman Michael Potter.

Potter took the lead on this one. They hiked up. He rappelled down. He approached the dog. Amazingly, it went all to plan. Diamond creeped up to Potter, allowed him to wrap her up in a bear hug and hoist her up, all while perched on the edge of a cliff. 

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"Once I got there and saw that it was calm and not hurt, I just put it on my chest and rappeled on down with it," said Potter. 

The pair descended into a boat -- there was a river under this cliff, to make the rescue that much more difficult. Once on dry land, fighters treated a happy Diamond to a box of kibble.

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The dog's owner, Lucy Combs, got a call during the rescue and quickly made her way to the scene. 

"We searched all day and somebody said they'd seen her here, and the fire department was here rescuing her," she said. 

"So this is my dog, and her name is Diamond, and she's my world."

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I bet they’re glad they chose this puppy!

When Richard Giannetta heard his Golden Doodle puppy, Louie, barking incessantly, he knew he’d better investigate. He found the dog on his bed, barking at his pregnant wife who had recently laid down for a nap. Richard tried to rouse his wife, then rolled her over on her back when she wouldn’t wake up. He [...] Dog Blog

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How To Choose A Quality Miami Roofing Company

When you are dealing with the structural integrity of a building, nothing is more vital than having a stable roofing system. A quality roof will allow the rest of your building to stay structurally sounds for a long period of time. Neglecting issues with a roofing system can have devastating consequences for building owners. That [...]

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Reflections of Grace By Chantelle Cudger I thank you, High God-you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration-what a creation! (Psalm 139:14 The Message) I can recall Walt Disney’s popular tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which the vain and wicked Queen would often ask her magical…

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Dog Training Builds Relationships

BuddhaA year ago if you had asked me to describe Buddha "aloof" would have definitely been one of the adjectives I used.

Buddha was an adult when we adopted him. He wasn’t fully house-trained and had no notion of using a crate. He was very agreeable around both people and dogs, but there was always an undercurrent of independence and, to use that word again, aloofness to him. Any physical affection was brief and on his terms and when I first starting working on training with him the joke was “He knows he’s going to get dinner at 5 either way.”

He was still a great dog. He was very well behaved once he got the hang of things (he was definitely an "outside" dog before coming to us.) Buddha has always exhibited wonderful interpersonal skills with other dogs. He is also very calm in busy situations, which makes great as a "demo dog" in classes and "neutral" dog for training exercises. This is what I needed when I got him and where his name comes from. This dog has Buddha nature.

But when we got home he tended to head to one of the beds and just hang out there. He was a bit of a loner.

Then last year I decided to attend the Dog Trainer Professional program at Karen Pryor Academy. This is a pretty intense course that spans several months, with a lot of both online and hands-on training work. I was attracted by the focus on hands-on training, “getting animals to do stuff with no force or coercion at all” is how I put it to one of my friends when I enrolled. (However I ended up learning a lot more than I expected. But that’s a future post.)

When you enroll in the course you have to enroll with a dog. Throughout the course there are training exercises both at home and in the classroom, and then in order to graduate you need to be able to complete a pretty difficult training exercise with your dog. (Again they’ll be a post on this in the future.) I of course had 2 choices: Caffeine or Buddha.

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Caffeine is a very easy to train dog. Part of this is due to her temperament, and part is likely that we brought her home from a very savvy rescue at 9 weeks that had already started training her. I decided to take the challenge and use Buddha for the class.

We graduated a couple of weeks ago. The final training exercise was a bit harrowing (mostly due to me and recovery from shoulder surgery 8 weeks before the final class) but we did it. I also realized during that weekend that I had a different dog.

He’s not just “better trained,” whatever that means. He’s more connected to me and to people in general. His relationship with me and with the rest of the world is different.

About a week before the final classes Buddha and I attended Clicker Expo together. Clicker Expo has “labs” (no pun intended) in which you can work with your dog. I naturally decided to bring Buddha. He has always done better than Caffeine in settings like that and since I would be working with him the following weekend to graduate my class, it was a chance to work with him in different environments and maybe learn a few things that we could apply to class.

A friend that I used to work with at St. Hubert’s also attended the conference and said “I can’t believe Buddha! He’s a different dog.” This came as a bit if a surprise to me.

So I took stock of the new things Buddha has been doing lately.

  • When I get home from work at night Buddha runs to me with a toy so we can play.
  • When I wake up in the morning Buddha greets me. If I head right to the shower, he’s waiting in the hall when I finish.
  • If I get ready to leave the house, he waits at the door, as if he is ready to go with me.
  • If I am working at home I will get a visit at least every half hour for a back scratch or pet. He’ll also sleep on the bed closest to me.
  • If I am in the living room the dogs “play chess” to see who can sit with me.
  • The classes were far enough away from home that I had t travel and stay at a friend’s home overnight. The first couple of weekends Buddha slept in an open crate. By the third weekend he was in bed with me.

All of these changes are outside of the context of training. Naturally he’s better at training now, and the differences between him and Caffeine are more of a running gag than reality. But look at that list. Is he doing these things because he expects to get some treats? Of course not. He’s doing them because working together has created a stronger relationship.

Karen Pryor Academy talks about how training with positive reinforcement builds relationships. To be honest I was a little skeptical at first. Obviously training with positive reinforcement is more kind and more pleasant for everyone involved than the alternatives. But does this translate to a deeper relationship "off the field?"


Training done right is a shared experience. Shared experiences build relationships. Get to work!

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