A policeman, fireman and postman go into the woods – it sounds like the start of a joke, however, it was anything but for a famous dog.
When Irish wolfhound Cloud collapsed in the Barnsmuir Woods near Limerigg in the Braes last Friday owner Fran Barnbrook panicked when she couldn’t move her due to her 11-and-a-half stone frame being too heavy to lift.
Four-year-old Cloud – who only has three legs – was stuck when one of her legs seized up forcing Fran and husband Bill, who own seven wolfhounds and a whippet cross, to frantically call for help last Friday.
After calling police, local community officer Derek Wallace came to the rescue along with off duty firefighter Matt Penman, who is also the area’s local postie, and a neighbour.
Fran said: “I was in such a state. Cloud had one of her back legs removed when she was just eight weeks old but has coped amazingly ever since.
“We would really like to thank the men who came to the rescue of our baby. They were so amazing.”
Cloud has made a full recovery after a visit to the vets and news of her plight has reached America through her cult following on Facebook – her page, Cloud Irish wolfhound, has over 1600 Likes.
A group of dog lovers in the US have all chipped in to buy her a stretcher on wheels in case it happens again.
Cloud also features on the couple’s website – www.irishwolfhounds.eu – and was even married to a wolfhound from Texas called Ocho, who sadly passed away last year. Ocho used to raise money and awareness for children struggling to read by going to libraries and having kids read to him for practice.
Through Cloud and her love of wolfhounds, Fran raises money for struggling families by knitting ‘Clouchos’ that owners use to keep mementoes of their late dogs in.
They managed to pay one couple’s mortgage for two months after a man was made redundant and footed a vet bill for a dog that was going to be put down.