Cats are rescued from trees all the time. Dogs – not so much.
Luna, a 70-pound German shepherd, found herself stuck in a pine tree in Lotus, California, earlier this week.
His owner, Brian Spies, told a local television station that he became concerned when his nine-month-old puppy did not return home after playing outside on Sunday morning. He and a friend spent hours searching for Luna with no luck.
“We’ve been looking for him all day, driving around the mountain and calling him,” Spies told KCRA-TV. “We are worried that he is injured. He was out all night because of the cold, so we searched until dark.”
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Because Lotus is a mountain community with predators like cougars, bears and coyotes, they fear the worst.
The next morning, one of Spies’ friends, Luka Bogdanovich, drove to the area and luckily found Luna – 25 feet up in a pine tree. Spies, who worked in construction, brought a 24-foot ladder and climbed the tree to rescue his dog.
He thought Luna must have chased a squirrel up the tree, angled just enough to make an agile dog climb.
‘(She probably) realized, ‘I made a big mistake,'” he said, adding that he believed Luna had “learned her lesson” from the incident.