Social Media Feature – Loki’s Story – Zoe Naylor – NSW SES

Social Media Feature – Loki’s Story – Zoe Naylor – NSW SES

– It was a Sunday morning and our dogs got out of the property. And they’ve got out before, but usually they’ll come home by the end
of the day’s adventuring. On this particular day, they didn’t. So the day went on and of
course they didn’t come home, and at the end of that
day I picked up my kids, and we decided to go searching. And I drove up and down
the respective streets in the area, calling out their names, and then got out, thought, “No, I think “we’ve got to go into the national park.” And we ventured in on the quad bike, you know, playing the
recorder, yelling their names. Then the track ended and I realized we had to go further in on foot. And out of nowhere comes Charlie, my Keplie cross. I couldn’t believe it! We were just like, “What!” It was like we just had the biggest win. We were all high-fiving
each other, “Charlie!” Giving him big cuddles, and like “oooh!” We couldn’t believe it. “Where’s Loki?” We said to him, “Where’s Loki?” And all of a sudden, she turned around and high-tailed back about 50 meters, and proceeded to guide
me to come off the track. And she showed me the
entrance to a wombat hole. And she laid down. It was very out of character for her. And she was dead quiet. And I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness, “is my dog in a wombat hole?” And I went over to the hole and I laid down next to her, this time very calmly yelled, “Loki! “Loki, are you in there? “You’ve got to tell me if you are.” I heard (dog whimper), this tiny whimper. It was barely audible. And in that moment my
heart just skipped a beat, and I looked at Charlie and went, “Oh my goodness, is my
dog in this wombat hole?” And I remember getting
quite panicky at the time, I was really in the middle
of nowhere, on my own. And what do I do now? I had no idea. I remember calling my partner,
who was away at the time, and together we thought, “Well, we really need to call some emergency services.” I’ve never called triple 0 before. Anyway, we worked out. We called some local friends, and a local friend who was a policeman, and we were guided to
get through to the SES. And as soon as the volunteers from the New South Wales SES arrived, I just felt so calm. They just took charge,
and were so experienced. And they just reassured me at that moment, that everything was going to be alright, even if it wasn’t. (laughs) I didn’t really know,
but I just felt like, “Ah, thank goodness there were people “who knew what they were doing.” And I took them down towards the location of the wombat hole, and
as we got down there, I could tell that things
were changing for them in their assessment of the situation. Because it started to get a
little bit more difficult, a little bit more steep, and they realized that they weren’t going to be able to get any
machinery down in here. But they also realized the wombat hole was under a rock escarpment. Usually in a dog rescue or
any rescue from a wombat hole, they would drill down to
that particular location and they would lift the
person or the animal out. But they couldn’t do that here, they couldn’t bring machinery
down to clear a space. And I knew that they were thinking, “Oh no, this is going to be a manual dig.” It’s a hot day. They’re in their orange SES overalls, and I really felt for them. And as we went closer and closer, the sound got softer and softer, and at one point, Ron was in the hole, and as he got closer,
something pushed back. And everyone froze. And he dug a little bit further, and it was the rear leg of an animal. And I remember him
yelling out to me, saying, “Is your dog tan?” I’m like, “Yes.” “And is he quite a big dog?” And I remember saying, “Yes.” He’s like, “He’s really
stuck in this hole.” And I remember him taking a photo and passing the phone back and showing me and I remember bursting into tears because my dog was wedged like a sandwich in this tiny space. So then Dave King, the
senior member from the SES, made a decision that we
would continue to dig. We would continue to dig
the dog out and down. And slowly, just to make sure
that the dog was kept safe. So they were very methodical
at this point in the rescue. And they dug him out slowly and slowly. And Loki’s whimpers got louder and louder, until finally Ron emerged
from that two-meter hole and he said, “there’s enough space “for him to come out now.” And everyone was bone quiet. And nothing happened
for a good 30 seconds. I was like, “Oh my God, is he alright? “What’s happened?” And all of a sudden you
could hear this scuffle in the hole, and Loki had dropped down. And he took himself out of the hole. And everyone just burst into tears and was high-fiving and that win that day was– I’m really kind of lost for words. Unbelievable, really. And everyone, you know, just such a collective, amazing outcome on a day that could have
ended very, very sadly. And for me, I just will
be forever indebted to the volunteers from
the New South Wales SES. Because without them, Loki
wouldn’t be here today. And I’m forever and will
forever be grateful. And for anyone out there
who wants to volunteer or join the SES, I really encourage you, because together we are better. As communities banded
together, helping each other in times of need, we are better. And stronger for it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Yeah, and any way that we would pay it forward, we will.


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