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Dog survives abduction by eagle
Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | January 6, 2005 | Nick Gevock

Posted on 01/10/2005 8:31:45 PM PST by Shermy

Jill Slevin didn't want to tell her kids Wednesday that she had pretty much given up hope of finding their dog Freddie alive.

The Pekingese mix had disappeared a week earlier. And an extensive search over the course of several below-zero nights had proved futile. "We had a lot of weepy eyes over the New Year's weekend," Slevin said Wednesday of her three children.

But then, miraculously, Freddie showed up at the door of their home north of Bozeman at noon Wednesday -- one week after he had disappeared.

He was covered with ice, riddled with bug bites and had cuts around his neck.

Slevin immediately put Freddie on a blanket and quickly took him to Valley View Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarian John McIlhattan checked out the wounded dog.

The cuts led McIlhattan to determine that the little dog had been picked up by an eagle. The marks were in fact caused by an eagle digging its talons into Freddie's neck.

The eagle likely dropped Freddie at some point, leaving the dog to find his way home. McIlhattan surmised that the dog then found some type of shelter and bedding to stay warm for a week. Whatever he was lying on, however, was likely infested with bugs, which bit his belly up terribly.

But the tradeoff was probably worth it because the bedding was vital for keeping Freddie warm, the vet said.

"He's a pretty lucky dog to be getting home in this kind of weather," he said.

He also said he was surprised how well the 13-year-old dog had endured his ordeal.

"He was chilled, but he seemed to be able to walk," McIlhattan said. "He seemed remarkably chipper for what he'd been through."

Freddie also suffered a scratch on the cornea, and lost three pounds.

He was last seen in a neighbor's driveway late in the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 29, Slevin said. The neighbors joined the Slevins in searching for the pooch for several days, but to no avail.

Slevin plastered town with posters and ran an ad in the Chronicle looking for any clues to Freddie's whereabouts, but no one had seen a thing.

Then, a week later, one of the family's other dogs began whimpering and barking. Slevin looked outside and discovered Freddie at the door.

By afternoon, Slevin's three children were busy pampering a sedated Freddie, stroking his head as the dog nursed his wounds while lying on a blanket.

"We're all just amazed," she said. "He's our miracle."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; eagle; environment; extended; prey; tastypuppy
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1 posted on 01/10/2005 8:31:45 PM PST by Shermy
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To: ambrose; HairOfTheDog; Kenny Bunk

Yap.


2 posted on 01/10/2005 8:32:08 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; annyokie; Scott from the Left Coast; 88keys; DugwayDuke; ...
The cuts led McIlhattan to determine that the little dog had been picked up by an eagle. The marks were in fact caused by an eagle digging its talons into Freddie's neck.

Maybe... ;~D Makes for a better story than "A Rottweiler got him" I guess... ;~D

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

3 posted on 01/10/2005 8:35:10 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Shermy

I love this story!..Thanks for a good news post!


4 posted on 01/10/2005 8:35:36 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Shermy

Whenever there are large numbers of big birds in my backyard I won't let my dog outside because I have this fear something like this is going to happen. I think it comes from watching the movie "The Birds" when I was a kid. My husband things I'm crazy.


5 posted on 01/10/2005 8:35:43 PM PST by beandog (Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Maybe the eagle doesn't like Chinese food.


6 posted on 01/10/2005 8:36:25 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy

OHhhh..............


7 posted on 01/10/2005 8:36:32 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I love your animated dog.


8 posted on 01/10/2005 8:37:29 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: Shermy

Sure. Even eagles know that you'll just be hungry again an hour later...


9 posted on 01/10/2005 8:38:29 PM PST by general_re (How come so many of the VKs have been here six months or less?)
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To: Shermy

A true alien abduction.


10 posted on 01/10/2005 8:38:53 PM PST by Innisfree
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To: Petronski

He's great. That's the doggie attitude alright!


11 posted on 01/10/2005 8:39:28 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Shermy

ROTFLMAO!!

Maybe the Eagle couldn't find any chopsticks.


12 posted on 01/10/2005 8:39:33 PM PST by dljordan
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To: Shermy
Damm Eagle! What is PETA gonna do about this?
13 posted on 01/10/2005 8:40:23 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Shermy

I hate when that happens.........

...............to ME !


14 posted on 01/10/2005 8:41:29 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("Always carry a firearm east of Aldgate, Watson.")
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To: general_re

Maybe the eagle dropped the Pekinese when it espied a nice German Dachshund.


15 posted on 01/10/2005 8:41:44 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy; MississippiDeltaDawg; aculeus; general_re; Poohbah; BlueLancer; Happygal; Thinkin' Gal; ...
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The eagle likely dropped Freddie at some point, leaving the dog to find his way home.

MRE, “Meal Rejected by Eagles.”

16 posted on 01/10/2005 8:41:53 PM PST by dighton
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To: HairOfTheDog

I can't have a pooch (I have allergics in the household). I wish I could adopt that little fella as my cyber-pup.


17 posted on 01/10/2005 8:42:06 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: Shermy

hehehehe


18 posted on 01/10/2005 8:42:24 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Shermy

Who turns down chinese food for hot dogs?


19 posted on 01/10/2005 8:42:43 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: Shermy

20 posted on 01/10/2005 8:42:58 PM PST by JellyJam (Headline of the year: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: HairOfTheDog

A Great Horned Owl tried to snatch my ex's teacup poodle. Poor little dog *LOL* (why am I laughing!)


21 posted on 01/10/2005 8:43:15 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: bad company; Dan from Michigan

Here's one for you......


22 posted on 01/10/2005 8:43:34 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: cyborg
(why am I laughing!)

Schadenfreude

23 posted on 01/10/2005 8:44:37 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: potlatch

Good doggie news ping.


24 posted on 01/10/2005 8:44:43 PM PST by ntnychik (Proud member of the Bush-eoisie)
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To: Shermy

We have three cats and live in a place where we see Bald Eagles every day. The eagles have lots of fish and crabs to eat, but I would rather the cats didn't "advertise their freshness."


25 posted on 01/10/2005 8:45:14 PM PST by Senormechanico
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To: HairOfTheDog
I'll never have to worry about Randy, the Rottie mix, being stolen, abducted, or invited to lunch by an eagle. Or even being able to lift the overweight barstid into the back of a pickup truck.

/john

26 posted on 01/10/2005 8:45:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Petronski
In other news, my darn golden retriver has trashed the house, the yard, the truck...

And she is still half grown. LOL.

27 posted on 01/10/2005 8:45:48 PM PST by patton (+)(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)CHUNK!D@MMMMMIT!(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)
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To: Shermy

Great for the dog. What a survivor.

Can't muster much delight though, when a guy I know is missing in Indonesia after the tsunami.


28 posted on 01/10/2005 8:45:56 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: patton

She'll (probably) calm down after she's been spayed. Probably.


29 posted on 01/10/2005 8:46:27 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: Senormechanico
I would rather the cats didn't "advertise their freshness."

FOFLOL

30 posted on 01/10/2005 8:47:11 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: Shermy

A neighbor had a new kitten and was showing it off to us. Put the kitten up on a fence to let it walk. Thre was a quick blur and the kitten was gone. A big Hawk swooped down and took it.


31 posted on 01/10/2005 8:47:19 PM PST by Pylon (R)
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To: Petronski

I think I'm trying to imagine the little shrimp getting grabbed by the owl *LOL*


32 posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:06 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Shermy

Maybe the little doggie got a few bites in on the eagle!

That's one tough little dog.


33 posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:09 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: patton

Puppies are monsters till they are a year old.... yer half-way through it ;~D


34 posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:10 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Shermy

Dog survives abduction by eagle : the Vikings will have no such luck ;)


35 posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:15 PM PST by smonk
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To: cyborg

A real 'eagle bites dog' story!

Makes darned good copy.

lol...


36 posted on 01/10/2005 8:49:17 PM PST by EternalVigilance (If the President's so dumb, and he keeps outwittin' y'all, what does that say about y'all?)
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To: Petronski
etz'at ma'klur.

So was wierd nicht mal passieren.

37 posted on 01/10/2005 8:49:41 PM PST by patton (+)(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)CHUNK!D@MMMMMIT!(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)(+)
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To: Happygal
Can't muster much delight though, when a guy I know is missing in Indonesia after the tsunami.

Prayer for your friend.

38 posted on 01/10/2005 8:50:24 PM PST by EternalVigilance (If the President's so dumb, and he keeps outwittin' y'all, what does that say about y'all?)
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To: Pylon

I know of a lake in Pennsylvania with very large muskies (lurking, bottom-feeding fish). Well, half of this guy's family was already out in the first boat, just spending the day on the water, when the other half of the family came out on the second boat, with their new puppy.

No one on the first boat had seen the puppy yet, so they decided to let the little guy swim from one boat to another...maybe ten feet at the most.

Splish...splash...VAROMMPHH!

A musky at least five feet in length suddenly surfaced with jaws open, and the pup was never seen again.


39 posted on 01/10/2005 8:51:30 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: beandog
my dog is a carnivore.
bring on the big birds. ;-D
40 posted on 01/10/2005 8:52:12 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (no kittie! thats my pot pie!)
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To: Happygal

:(


41 posted on 01/10/2005 8:52:19 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: EternalVigilance

LOL


42 posted on 01/10/2005 8:52:38 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: cyborg

I learned everything I know about doggies from my ex....oddly, it was the relationship's most redeeming quality.


43 posted on 01/10/2005 8:53:35 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: beandog

I'm with you...When I had my poms I wouldn't let them out if I saw the crows. I always imagined them swooping down and grabbing my boys. It might be "The Birds" but I prefer to blame it on prudence!


44 posted on 01/10/2005 8:53:43 PM PST by pelikan
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To: EternalVigilance

Thank you.

I pray that he will either be found alive (a miracle at this stage), or that his family will find his body, so they will get some sort of closure.


45 posted on 01/10/2005 8:53:59 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: 537cant be wrong
my dog is a carnivore.

Iridescent green wings on the back porch. Someone's pet bird isn't going home again. We don't know which dog has a taste for bird, but one of them does.

/john

46 posted on 01/10/2005 8:56:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
MY DOGGIE ANGEL RESCUED ME.
47 posted on 01/10/2005 8:57:03 PM PST by missyme (tart)
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To: Happygal

Prayers up!


Try to stay happy, gal. When you can.


48 posted on 01/10/2005 8:57:34 PM PST by Petronski (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
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To: beandog
Whenever there are large numbers of big birds in my backyard I won't let my dog outside because I have this fear something like this is going to happen.

A neighbor of mine watched helplessly as a hawk grabbed his Yorkie from the yard and took it away. It didn't come back. Our small dogs are NEVER outside without a leash.

I do have a couple of outside cats I was concerned about when a large hawk took up residence in a tree overlooking my yard. The hawk chose a poor place to hang out.

MM

49 posted on 01/10/2005 8:57:41 PM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: pelikan

Sometimes there's so many of them it's overwhelming. Glad to see somebody on my side next time my husband laughs at me. Of course, now I'll have nightmares.


50 posted on 01/10/2005 8:58:01 PM PST by beandog (Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out)
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