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Police 'Dog Whisperers' Called In to Rescue Dog Trapped Under Foundation of Home

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First responders put themselves on the front lines every day to help the people in their community. They see some of the worst scenarios play out before them, so when something a bit more lighthearted comes up on the job, it’s an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a little humor.

For the West Seneca Police Department in New York state, that involved a dog rescue, which took place Aug. 2 after a dog found its way under a house.

“Developing story,” West Seneca Police tweeted that morning, “patrol reports a dog trapped under a house on Clinton St. We’ve sent our two best dog whisperers. Updates to follow.”

And updates did follow. Someone clearly had fun telling the tale as two officers worked to free the pup.

Three minutes later, the all-important update: “The dog’s name is Buttercup.”

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“Buttercup somehow managed to make his way deep under the home’s foundation and can’t get out,” the tweet read. “Officer Rave is very concerned. Officer Pingitore is only concerned with looking cool.”

Officers had tried reaching as far as they could under the house, but they still couldn’t reach Buttercup. They decided there was nothing they could do but to dig the adventurous dog out from under the house.

“We’ve brought in the heavy machinery,” a tweet update read. “Not a precision machine though as he just shoveled dirt on Officer Rave’s head.”

“In the spirit of the Summer Olympics a flashlight has been passed like a relay baton,” the next installment said.

“Hole needs to be larger. More digging. Some brainstorming going on.”

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Another tweet highlighted the fact that Officer Rave was doing all the dirty work while Officer Pingitore kept an eye on things: “Officer Pingitore will make a great supervisor someday.”

As people began following the rescue, the department was flooded with suggestions and encouragement.

“You can do it!” one person commented, adding the hashtag “savebuttercup.”

Jon Custard offered a suggestion: “Just have officer Pingitore pick up the house. Is this an option?”

Finally, after more digging and maneuvering, Officer Rave was able to catch the dog by the tail and pull her out of her predicament as onlookers cheered.

“Buttercup is OK!” read the final update. “She appreciates everyone rooting for her during this harrowing rescue. #savebuttercup”

All’s well that ends well, and while Officer Rave may have needed a bit of a cleanup, the rescue was a breath of fresh air for rescuers and viewers alike.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking