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Rudy the Cheltenham dog feels the love after trapped paw trauma

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

recovering well: Josette Farrugia with her dog Rudy

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RUDY the dog has Cheltenham firefighters to thank after being freed from a tricky situation.

The shichon, bought three years ago as a Valentine's Day present, got one of his hind leg paws stuck under a door and suffered a nasty cut as he frantically struggled to free himself.

Owner Josette Farrugia was unable to free her three-year-old dog.

And as he became increasingly anxious, she called the help of firefighters to her home in Viburnum Close, Cheltenham.

After they speedily managed to free the pooch, Josette was full of praise for them.

She said: "They were here in a very short time. Three of them came to help out.

"They put a screwdriver underneath the door and pushed it up.

"I'm very grateful to them as I didn't know what to do. His paw was completely stuck. Every time he tried to move, it made it more painful for him."

Rudy was named after Rudolph Valentino, the late actor who was known as the 'Latin Lover'.

Josette chose the name after her husband, David, bought him for her as a Valentine's Day present almost three years ago.

Since then, she said, the couple and their two grown-up daughters have doted on the loveable canine.

She said she had been embarrassed that the emergency services had been needed but stressed that she had not rung 999.

Instead, she rang the normal phone number for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service to ask whether it might be able to help. It was then the service's decision, she said, to send the firefighters out.

Rudy was taken to the vets after he was freed and an X-ray showed the paw was cut but not broken.

He is now recovering well with the help of antibiotic tablets.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  February 11 2013, 6:36PM

    what a cute baby, my spotty dog hurt his paw when he stepped into a pothole so i know what its like when doggy gets hurt, well done rudy get well soon xxx

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  • Studley1975  |  February 11 2013, 10:29AM

    Glad To Hear The Dogs Okay, Mans Beat Friend & All That! :D

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  • SpeedHorn  |  February 11 2013, 9:48AM

    Three firefighters????! Seriously! "They put a screwdriver underneath the door and pushed it up." Well I wouldn't have thought to do THAT!!!

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  • elgoog  |  February 11 2013, 9:06AM

    He is now recovering well with the help of antibiotic tablets. Antibiotics for a bruised paw ?

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