‘I was shocked and surprised to find he had survived’: Owner’s thanks after dog is rescued from wall

Valentina Strode and her dog Spike pictured at their Berryfields home
Valentina Strode and her dog Spike pictured at their Berryfields home

The owner of a dog which walked for almost five miles before being rescued by a firefighter has said she was ‘shocked’ when she found out it had survived its adventure across town.

Tina Strode’s dog Spike went missing from her Berryfields home earlier this month and found its way to a high wall near the Blue Leanie in Aylesbury before becoming stuck.

A wall in Aylesbury where a dog became stuck after wandering away from its home

A wall in Aylesbury where a dog became stuck after wandering away from its home

A member of the public alerted Bucks Fire and Rescue to the dog’s plight before an officer brought the Rhodesian ridgeback to safety and reunited it with Ms Strode, 34.

She said: “I was getting ready for work and when I opened the door Spike managed to squeeze through my legs.

“He is my only dog so I took the day off work and did not take my daughter to nursery because I was worried about Spike.”

Ms Strode, who works as a midday supervisor at the Thomas Hickman School said: “I was shocked and surprised to find he had survived after walking so far on busy roads.

“I would really like to thank the lady who alerted the fire service and the fireman who helped out.”

Station commander Steve Hawkins from Aylesbury fire station, who rescued the dog said: “The problem was that the dog could not move off this wall because it was tired and had no strength to move back the vegetation.

“I just moved some shrubbery and managed to encourage the dog towards me.

“The dog had blisters and slightly sore paws but it was a relief it was OK.”