LINCOLN CITY - A Portland family is celebrating the safe return of their dog, which survived a 100-foot plunge from cliffs just north of Lincoln City on Saturday, June 2.

Leah Dymock said she and her husband were hiking north of Roads End when Nora, their one-and-a-half-year old Golden Doodle – a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever, disappeared.

“She was right with us the whole time and then she was gone,” Dymock said.

Dymock said she and her husband were able to spot the dog trapped on the cliff side, adding that the wounded animal tried to “scoot” toward them but could not move.

Rescuers from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 responded to the scene, taking advantage of the low tide to stage a rescue from the cove north of Roads End.

Capt. Tom Gakstatter said four or five personnel climbed between 100 and 200 feet up the cliff to reach the dog, which they placed in a soft carry case and carried down to the beach.

From there, Gakstatter said, rescuers took Nora to Lincoln City Animal Clinic, where she was diagnosed with internal bleeding in chest and abdomen.

Dymock said staff told her the injuries were too severe to treat at the Lincoln City clinic and gave the family the choice of euthanizing Nora or making the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Dove Lewis in Portland.

Dymock said the family fully expected Nora to die en-route but got a pleasant surprise when they reached the Dove Lewis clinic and opened the back door of their vehicle.

“She lifted up her little head and tried to jump out of the car like she normally does,” Dymock said.

Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, a critical care specialist at Dove Lewis, said a broken rib and punctured lung had caused Nora’s chest cavity to fill with air.

But amazingly, she said, the pup had not suffered any other broken bones in the fall and began to recover after doctors evacuated the trapped air.

“She did not need to have surgery,” Mohammad-Zadeh said. “Which I think was really the miracle.”

Nora was released back to the family on Monday, June 4, and, according to Dymock is already trying to play tug of war and sniff out hidden dog treats.

“She’s really our miracle dog,” Dymock said. “She shouldn’t have survived the fall, she shouldn’t have survived the rescue, she shouldn’t have survived the driving up to Portland but she did.”

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