Chocolate Lab Loves Chocolate Water

 |  Feb 4th 2009  |   3 Contributions


Since this is a dog blog, a couple times a month our boy Bo thought it would be nice to get the news through a dog's eyes. When Bo decides to share his thoughts you'll always see the tag Bo Knows. Okay Bo, take it from here.....

There are few humans who are true heroes in my mind; Billy Purina, Tommy Treat and Carrie Kong are the only ones that come to mind.

Well I need to add a police officer from Kalama, Washington to that list. Although a dog would have had no problem jumping into the fray if the situation was reversed, for a human to jump in is unheard of.

Well, unheard of if your name isn't Norton.

I think it's best if you just read the story yourself.

A Kalama police officer soiled his uniform rescuing a stray dog from drowning in tank of sewage at the city's sewage treatment plant Tuesday when the water-loving pup dove in for a swim.

No one was hurt, but both parties required extensive bathing afterward, said Kalama Police Chief Bruce Hall.

"The officer did his duty in someone else's doody," Hall cracked Tuesday evening.

Tuesday afternoon, Officer Jeff Skeie (pronounced "Shay-ah") was on kennel-cleaning duty at the city's small animal shelter. Skeie, a former Castle Rock city councilman who has been with the Kalama police force three years, allowed two dogs out of their pens into the fenced yard to exercise and play together.

One of the dogs was a young, energetic chocolate Labrador retriever police had picked up as a stray about two weeks earlier. The Lab was scheduled to be adopted out that afternoon.

The chocolate Lab bounded up the steps leading to the digester [sewage container]. Skeie hollered at him to stop, but the dog flung himself joyfully into the brown soup "just like any dog jumping into a swimming pool," the officer said.

The dog started paddling, but because the tank is pumped with air bubbles, he wasn't buoyant.

He pulled the dog to the wall and hauled him out by the scruff of the neck, smearing "bio-solids" all over the sleeves of his uniform.

Then the wet dog shook himself vigorously, spraying Skeie head to toe in liquid sewage.

The not-so-sweet smelling officer gave himself and the dog a quick rinse at the outdoor faucet before going home for a long shower. About an hour later, the stray dog's new adoptive owner, Gretchen Procop, arrived to take the chocolate Lab home.

She named him "Hershey."

I can't come up with a better last line than that. Woof!

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