180-pound Saint Bernard rescued from roofPosted: Updated:
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- You've heard about cats in trees, but how about dogs on roofs?
There are many words to describe five-year-old Whisky.
"He's a big-old, hairy, lovable, slobbery Saint Bernard, but he's a great dog," described Renee Roth.
Whisky is Roth's grand-dog.
She's dog sitting while her son trains in the National Guard.
"It's the life we chose- he chose. And I appreciate his patriotism," Roth said.
Roth was fulfilling her duty dog sitting Friday night, making dinner, when she heard a ruckus upstairs.
"I ran up to see what was happening and the dog wasn't in there, and I just thought the worst," Roth explained.
It wasn't a worst case scenario, but it certainly could have been better.
Whisky, weighing in at 180 pounds, had knocked out a screen and jumped through a window. Thankfully, he landed on a small patch of roofing.
"I mean, he was standing there and he kept looking on the garage, and I'm like, 'Don't jump!'" said Roth.
So, she called the fire department for help.
"I can't imagine what that dispatch message sounded like, 'Uh, yeah, there's a Saint Bernard on the roof,'" joked Roth. "They'll be like, 'What?!'"
"We do occasionally get the cat in the tree call, but dog on a roof? Not so much," said Lt. Anthony Scavo of the Spring Lake Park-Mounds View Fire Department.
Still, the firefighters sprung into action.
They had to remove the entire window, then got into place both inside the house and on the roof.
"It was kind of an organized effort of pushing from the outside and pulling from the inside, and then once Whisky figured out what we were doing, I think he kind of cooperated and jumped through, and it all happened pretty quick," said Fire Chief Jeremiah Anderson.
Ultimately, Whisky was pulled back into safety.
Roth said she simply couldn't have helped Whisky if it wasn't for the firefighters, and for that, she is extremely grateful.