Romeo Goes Looking For Love

Funny Dog Blog - Swimming DonkeyOne of my favorite sayings, which you may have seen if you were lucky enough to get a pawtographed copy of Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger, is “Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.”

Let’s face it, some days are better than others.

Take for example the day I was born. What a day! One moment I’m in total darkness, the next I’m breathing fresh air, have all the leg room I want and got more milk than a nipple should be allowed to give.

Other days, like yesterday, just suck.

You see, I was being punished for acting out. I was a bit disappointed at the US loss to Ghana in the World Cup on Saturday. I spilled some drinks, chewed on some books and ripped apart the garbage in frustration. For these small errors in judgement I was sentenced to my room for all of Sunday to ‘think’ about it.

All I thought about was what life would be like with a real family.

I wonder whether that’s the same thing that prompted a donkey named Romeo to runaway from home in the UK. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t find love, but rather the bottom of a swimming pool. The Lowestoft Journal has the story.

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo…?

Trapped in a swimming pool and being rescued by firefighters is not the line you expect next.

But this was the saga that unfolded in a quiet Norfolk village when a donkey named after the famous Shakespeare character escaped from his paddock.

Romeo’s owners spent several hours looking for the errant equine after he made a bolt for freedom early yesterday.

Tim Hirst and his partner Rachel, from Mundham, near Loddon, scoured the local fields and roads after discovering Romeo had gone missing at about 3am, but there was no sign of him.

It was not until about 9.30am that the donkey was found trapped in a swimming pool at a farm in the neighbouring village of Thwaite.

It is thought he could have been in the pool for several hours after stumbling onto the blue cover and falling through.

A rescue operation promptly got underway and three fire crews from Norwich rushed to the scene.

They freed Romeo using equipment borrowed from a farm opposite and the weary, but seemingly uninjured, donkey is now recovering at home.

Mr Hirst described Romeo, who is about 35-years-old, as a “character” and a much-loved pet.

He said: “He went missing at about 3am. The Shetland pony was making a noise and the gate was open. We went out looking for him but we couldn’t find him.

Mr Hirst said he was alerted to Romeo’s whereabouts at about 9.30am after efforts were made to trace the donkey’s owner.

“When I went up to the farm there were three or four fire engines and there were various people helping to keep Romeo’s head above water,” he said.

“The local farmer opposite came round with a teleporter and the fire brigade put straps around Romeo and lifted him out.

Jo Bassingthwaighte, who has lived at the farm for more than 50 years, said that her daughter Susan Huggins spotted the donkey in the pool while attending to the vegetable garden. “She ran in and said to phone the fire brigade quickly as we had a donkey in our pool,” she said.

I’m sure the 911 operator thought to himself, “Another prank call. What an ass!”


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