How many of us know a dog like this?
Around 2:30 a.m., first responders from the Winslow Township Fire Department in Sicklerville, NJ apologized to Keith Wolfram and his wife Christy - they had done everything they could to save the Wolframs' dog. Refusing to give up, Christy grabbed a shovel and continued to search for their dachshund-terrier mix Peanut, who had become buried in the dirt beneath their deck after wrangling with a skunk. What started off as common quarrel evolved into a remarkable tale.
According to Keith, his dogs have had a number of disagreements with local wildlife. Peanut especially has been known to chase four-legged intruders through small openings beneath the deck in their backyard. This battle was unlike any other, however, and left Peanut buried alive in the dirt beneath their deck. It's possible that she wiggled into an unstable tunnel or was simply too engrossed in catching the skunk to know what was happening. When Peanut turned up missing the search was on. After hours of hunting, and several holes in Wolfram's deck later, Christy still hadn't given up hope.
"When the firefighters saw Christy continue to dig, one of them decided to take a last look," said Keith. "I remember him shouting, 'I see her paw!' and my heart just sank. By the time they got her out she was barely moving. I couldn't believe she was alive."
The firefighters administered oxygen to Peanut and advised Keith and Christy to get her to a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
With Peanut barely breathing and reeking of skunk musk, the Wolframs rushed their companion to a 24-hour animal emergency facility. She was treated for hypothermia and kept under veterinary care for two days.
After about a week and a half Peanut made a full recovery - which was more than the Wolframs could say for their deck.
"As a dachshund-terrier mix, Peanut is a combination of two tenacious breeds that were created to hunt game by digging animals out of their burrows and dens," said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "It's important for pet owners to familiarize themselves with the natural tendencies of their pet's breed in order to prepare for potential dangers that can occur as a result of their instinctual behaviors." Peanut's feisty nature likely led her to pursue the furry intruder. Thankfully, it was her owner's own tenacity that saved Peanut's life.