The Mosquito Fire Protection District rescued a dog on the American River at the Mosquito Bridge Wednesday afternoon.
Chief Tom Stuart said that the original call was for an injured dog, but once on scene it became apparent that the dog was simply having trouble getting back up the steep 40-foot embankment back to the road.
Judy Raymond said her Austrian Bernese mountain dog, Kona, had used the backseat of her car as a bathroom and needed to be cleaned. Having played in the area when she was a teenager, she decided to park and take her dog to the river beneath the Mosquito Bridge. Once there, they swam and played for about two hours. When she tried to get Kona up the steep trail back to the road, Kona instead jumped back into the river. She called the fire department for help.
Two firefighters managed to get the dog up the trail, under the dog’s own power. Stuart said Kona “was not in any real danger of washing away,” despite the rapid pace of the river. The dog was also not near the rushing water when the crew arrived.
Capt. Chris Johns said the dog was not stuck, just upset. He noted they had to muzzle the dog while helping it up the trail.
After being reunited, Raymond said she would use other bodies of water if Kona wanted a swim. “I think I’ll take him to Lotus River or Finnon Lake,” she said.