Dawgs Regional Roundup: Dog on Roof

Firefighters help get dog down

Firefighters in Minnesota went through a lot to get a big dog named Whiskey off the roof of a home.

“He’s a big ole hairy, lovable, slobbery St. Bernard, but he’s a great dog,” said Renee Roth, who is watching the dog for her son, who is training with the National Guard.

Roth was dog-sitting as usual when she heard a ruckus upstairs and realized the 180-pound Saint Bernard managed to get onto the roof.

“I ran up to see what was happening and the dog wasn’t in there and I assumed the worst,” she said.

Whiskey had knocked out the screen and jumped out the window, landing on a small patch of roof.

“He was standing there and he kept looking over at the garage, and I’m like ‘Don’t jump!” Roth said.

She called the fire department.

“We do occasionally get the cat-in-the-tree call, but dog-on-a-roof, not so much,” said Lt. Anthony Scavo of Spring Lake Park-Mounds View Fire Department.

Firefighters had to remove the entire window to get Whiskey back inside.

“It was an effort of pushing from the outside and pulling from the inside, and once Whiskey figured out what we were doing, I think he kind of cooperated and jumped through,” Battalion Chief Jeremiah Anderson said. “It all happened pretty quick.”

Roth told firefighters she was extremely grateful.

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