Injured and exhausted dog saved by mountain rescuers at Scafell Pike
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An injured and exhausted dog was saved by mountain rescuers at Scafell Pike.
The exhausted Akita, named Rocky, had cuts all over his paws and was unable to walk down the mountain himself.
So, the adorable pooch had to have some help on the way down the highest mountain in England.
Weighing 33kg, 13 rescuers travelled down the mountain with little Rocky in tow who, judging by the incredible pictures, rather enjoyed having a lift.
In a statement shared on its website, the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) said Rocky ‘remained cool, calm and positively regal’ throughout the rescue mission.
The rescuers said the owners asked for help on a return walk to Langdale after climbing the mountain, which is located in the heart of the Lake District, at around 6.25pm on Saturday (13 May).
Rocky and his owners were met by the rescue team at Gains Gill before the dog was transported in a comfortable stretcher. The volunteers then carried him down the mountain, ensuring he didn’t have to walk on his injured paws.
“Despite being quite a large dog at 33kg it was a joy to carry such a relatively lightweight casualty,” the group said in a statement.
“The casualty remained cool, calm and positively regal throughout! The casualty and owners were given a lift to Keswick Team Base where other members of their party collected them. [sic]”
Pictures from the rescue mission were posted on the KMRT’s Facebook page. It took the volunteers four hours and 18 minutes to get Rocky down the mountain, but at least he had a relaxing time on the way back home.
It is unclear how long the owners and Rocky had been walking, according to a spokesperson for the group who spoke to The Telegraph, but ‘there’s a lot of rocks in the area and particularly on Scafell Pike this may have caused the cuts,’ they said.
In case you’re thinking of taking your pet pooch on a mountain excursion, the National Trust website has guidance for dog owners ahead of the climb.
“Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Scafell Pike, and many will enjoy a long day out climbing as much as their humans,” it says.
“Do bear in mind that it is a long and tiring day across rocky terrain so climbing Scafell Pike is only suitable for dogs used to long walks in the fells.
“If your dog isn’t used to the fells then it’s perhaps worth trying a few lower, introductory walks before trying Scafell Pike.
“Please follow local and seasonal guidance, and where livestock are grazing please keep dogs on leads. For safety please keep your dog on the lead in the car parks.”