Dog survives 100ft cliff fall

Dog survives 100ft cliff fall

Dog survives 100ft cliff fall

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A DOG has “miraculously” survived after plunging 100 feet from a cliff top.
Black Labrador Retriever Pippa fell from Durlston Head on Sunday after dashing away from her owners, Daniel and Katy Pordadge.
She crossed two fields and wriggled under a fence before tumbling from the cliff straight into the sea below, narrowly missing the rocks.
Daniel said: “We were some distance away from the cliff top when she made a break for it.
“We’re from Hythe, and usually walk in woodland, so I think she spotted the sea and dashed straight for it.”
The 32-year-old added: “We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water, although usually from a reasonable height, but as I ran over I was just hoping that she was sitting there waiting for me.
“When I got to the edge, I couldn’t see her, but suddenly I heard her bark. She had gone straight into the water.”
Daniel hailed some nearby rock-climbers and asked if they could use their equipment to reach three-year-old Pippa.
“One of them took my number, and I ran to the lighthouse to call the Coastguard,” he said.
“They arrived in two boats, and by that time, the rock-climbers had managed to get to her.”
Daniel and Katy rushed Pippa to a vet in Poole, but she escaped with just grazes and some tendon damage.
“It’s a miracle because she managed to avoid the rocks,” said Daniel.
“It was quite close. She fell into an area where there were no rocks in the water.”
And the experience won’t cause Pippa any lasting damage.
“She’s doing quite well hopping about on three legs,” Daniel said.
A spokesperson from Portland Coastguard said: “In this instance, the dog was being walked quite some distance away from the cliff top.
“However, we’d urge all dog-owners walking along the edge of the cliff to keep their dogs on leads.”

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1:04pm Mon 5 May 14

G from Kinson says...

“However, we’d urge all dog-owners walking along the edge of the cliff to keep their dogs on leads.”

Yet some still take no notice!
Glad the dog is OK !
“However, we’d urge all dog-owners walking along the edge of the cliff to keep their dogs on leads.” Yet some still take no notice! Glad the dog is OK ! G from Kinson
  • Score: 31

1:12pm Mon 5 May 14

poolebabe says...

"We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog.
"We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog. poolebabe
  • Score: -3

1:41pm Mon 5 May 14

60plus says...

Glad she is alright,
Glad she is alright, 60plus
  • Score: 20

2:14pm Mon 5 May 14

R1Dan. says...

poolebabe wrote:
"We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog.
Read the article properly, The dog and owners were a long distance from the cliff! This was purely an accident and also the coastguard said that it was not a reckless incident.

All is well, so perhaps have a smile and wash away the negativity and think positively, someone one day decided to give birth to you, now that would have been a kind act i would like to think.
[quote][p][bold]poolebabe[/bold] wrote: "We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog.[/p][/quote]Read the article properly, The dog and owners were a long distance from the cliff! This was purely an accident and also the coastguard said that it was not a reckless incident. All is well, so perhaps have a smile and wash away the negativity and think positively, someone one day decided to give birth to you, now that would have been a kind act i would like to think. R1Dan.
  • Score: 24

2:33pm Mon 5 May 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

Dogs and cliffs, how ever far away don't mix, the dog should have been on a lead (as perhaps the owners should have been as well.
Never mind, I expect they made a donation to the rescue service (Not)
Dogs and cliffs, how ever far away don't mix, the dog should have been on a lead (as perhaps the owners should have been as well. Never mind, I expect they made a donation to the rescue service (Not) PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: -18

3:01pm Mon 5 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

My dog Geronimooooooooooooo
oooooo
Used to do the same thing.

I DO miss him, occasionally.
My dog Geronimooooooooooooo oooooo Used to do the same thing. I DO miss him, occasionally. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 13

3:19pm Mon 5 May 14

nickynoodah says...

They sell parachutes for dogs in the café you know.
They sell parachutes for dogs in the café you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

3:36pm Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Dogs should be banned from cliffs.
Dogs should be banned from cliffs. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -12

3:42pm Mon 5 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Dogs should be banned from cliffs.
Even Cliff Richard ?
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: Dogs should be banned from cliffs.[/p][/quote]Even Cliff Richard ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Mon 5 May 14

SeafaringMan says...

Third 'shout' this year for Swanage RNLI for a dog over the cliff. The first one to end happily however. Dog owners PLEASE take note!
Third 'shout' this year for Swanage RNLI for a dog over the cliff. The first one to end happily however. Dog owners PLEASE take note! SeafaringMan
  • Score: 11

4:44pm Mon 5 May 14

poolebabe says...

R1Dan. wrote:
poolebabe wrote:
"We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog.
Read the article properly, The dog and owners were a long distance from the cliff! This was purely an accident and also the coastguard said that it was not a reckless incident.

All is well, so perhaps have a smile and wash away the negativity and think positively, someone one day decided to give birth to you, now that would have been a kind act i would like to think.
I have read it properly. So they were walking a long way from the cliff. Yet the dog was able to run off, that far away from the owner and still fall off the cliff. This is responsible ownership? I think not.
[quote][p][bold]R1Dan.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poolebabe[/bold] wrote: "We know what she’s like – she likes jumping into water" Totally irresponsible allowing a dog off lead near to cliffs, and certainly if the dog has poor recall, or prone to running off. Then expecting the coast guard or climbers to risk their lives for owner stupidity? They should not own a dog.[/p][/quote]Read the article properly, The dog and owners were a long distance from the cliff! This was purely an accident and also the coastguard said that it was not a reckless incident. All is well, so perhaps have a smile and wash away the negativity and think positively, someone one day decided to give birth to you, now that would have been a kind act i would like to think.[/p][/quote]I have read it properly. So they were walking a long way from the cliff. Yet the dog was able to run off, that far away from the owner and still fall off the cliff. This is responsible ownership? I think not. poolebabe
  • Score: -8

5:00pm Mon 5 May 14

cromwell9 says...

When you visit or move to any S WEST County.There are 3 every day things to RESPECT.
(1) The tiny roads and country lanes,(you never know what is around the corner,).
(2)The Sea and cliffs,and tides.
(3),The WEATHER down here can be a killer ,iff you dont keep a eye on it ,Because as we know.who live here ,It can change in a Momment ,from calm to storm,Heat wave,..
I am glad the dog is okay.
Dorset/Devon/Somerse
t/Cornwall..Respect the enviroment .Or pay the price,
When you visit or move to any S WEST County.There are 3 every day things to RESPECT. (1) The tiny roads and country lanes,(you never know what is around the corner,). (2)The Sea and cliffs,and tides. (3),The WEATHER down here can be a killer ,iff you dont keep a eye on it ,Because as we know.who live here ,It can change in a Momment ,from calm to storm,Heat wave,.. I am glad the dog is okay. Dorset/Devon/Somerse t/Cornwall..Respect the enviroment .Or pay the price, cromwell9
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Mon 5 May 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

With this lack of control, the dog could have tried to run across a busy road!
With this lack of control, the dog could have tried to run across a busy road! PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: -1

5:43pm Mon 5 May 14

G from Kinson says...

The fact is that any dog should be under control in public open space.This means on lead or will respond when called.
The fact is that any dog should be under control in public open space.This means on lead or will respond when called. G from Kinson
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Mon 5 May 14

Yankee1 says...

This is why Ralph Bankes. who owned much of Purbeck from Durlston to Shell Bay to Corfe Castle....wisely banned hunting with hounds on his lands.

It had nothing to do with the fox. Or 'hunting'.

It had everything to do with preserving the hounds, who (lemming-like) would follow the quarry over the cliff into the sea below.
This is why Ralph Bankes. who owned much of Purbeck from Durlston to Shell Bay to Corfe Castle....wisely banned hunting with hounds on his lands. It had nothing to do with the fox. Or 'hunting'. It had everything to do with preserving the hounds, who (lemming-like) would follow the quarry over the cliff into the sea below. Yankee1
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Mon 5 May 14

scrumpyjack says...

cromwell9 wrote:
When you visit or move to any S WEST County.There are 3 every day things to RESPECT.
(1) The tiny roads and country lanes,(you never know what is around the corner,).
(2)The Sea and cliffs,and tides.
(3),The WEATHER down here can be a killer ,iff you dont keep a eye on it ,Because as we know.who live here ,It can change in a Momment ,from calm to storm,Heat wave,..
I am glad the dog is okay.
Dorset/Devon/Somerse

t/Cornwall..Respect the enviroment .Or pay the price,
Alright calm down dear.

"the weather down there can be a killer'' Oh please. Oft known for its killer weather is it?
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: When you visit or move to any S WEST County.There are 3 every day things to RESPECT. (1) The tiny roads and country lanes,(you never know what is around the corner,). (2)The Sea and cliffs,and tides. (3),The WEATHER down here can be a killer ,iff you dont keep a eye on it ,Because as we know.who live here ,It can change in a Momment ,from calm to storm,Heat wave,.. I am glad the dog is okay. Dorset/Devon/Somerse t/Cornwall..Respect the enviroment .Or pay the price,[/p][/quote]Alright calm down dear. "the weather down there can be a killer'' Oh please. Oft known for its killer weather is it? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 4

7:19pm Mon 5 May 14

FlintstoneFred says...

Nothing much to report today then BOURNEMOUTH Echo?
Nothing much to report today then BOURNEMOUTH Echo? FlintstoneFred
  • Score: -2

9:36pm Mon 5 May 14

dog supporter says...

I would like to say that Dan and Katy Pordage are amazingly good dog owners. They have worked very hard with Pippa, who was a rescue dog, and since they have had her,she has improved immensely. They were both distraught at what happened. Pippa ,usually very good at recall, just decided to find water.
The rescue people were amazing
I would like to say that Dan and Katy Pordage are amazingly good dog owners. They have worked very hard with Pippa, who was a rescue dog, and since they have had her,she has improved immensely. They were both distraught at what happened. Pippa ,usually very good at recall, just decided to find water. The rescue people were amazing dog supporter
  • Score: 8

10:00pm Mon 5 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Next time put a life jacket
and a parachute on him
and be a more amazing mongrel owner, you know
Next time put a life jacket and a parachute on him and be a more amazing mongrel owner, you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

10:06pm Mon 5 May 14

RM says...

Glad the dog is safe.:-)
Glad the dog is safe.:-) RM
  • Score: 4

10:09pm Mon 5 May 14

whataboutthat says...

who cares...
who cares... whataboutthat
  • Score: -4

11:04pm Mon 5 May 14

grev24 says...

I along with others on here am a dog owner and agree that when walking along cliff tops or even remotely close to them, your dog should be on a lead. This will then prevent both time and money being spent on needless rescues that should never have happened!
I along with others on here am a dog owner and agree that when walking along cliff tops or even remotely close to them, your dog should be on a lead. This will then prevent both time and money being spent on needless rescues that should never have happened! grev24
  • Score: 6

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