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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Poppy the Springer Spaniel Wins Quadathlon! (or she deserves to...)

Poppy the Springer Spaniel was out for a walk on Valentine's Day when she saw a seagull. While we all know how tempting that is, when humans are yelling STOP! STOP! NO! POPPY! COME BACK!, it's generally a good idea to stop whatever you're doing. It's usually for your own good in the long run.

In this case, Poppy had taken off like a bullet chasing said seagull and chased it right off the edge of the Seven Sisters' view point at Seaford in East Sussex - a sheer 300' cliff over a stony beach.

To her credit, Poppy was hauling ass and flew so far out that he missed the rocks and belly flopped into the the English Channel. She then dog paddled (barking) back to the small bit of shore, where she was rescued by the RNLI (coast guard), which happened to be nearby doing exercises when alerted by telephone of the situation.

Poppy was rescued by lifeboat, cold and shivering, with a collapsed lung, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Surely she should be offered some sort of honorary Quadathlon Olympic medal for this, albeit stupid, feat: Running, long jump, diving and swimming!

See the RNLI rescue footage via here.

I especially like the rescuer's comments to Poppy (in a lovely English accent): "Come here. Hello lovely. Hello... It's OK. Nice and warm. Good girl. Good girl!"

Note to humans:
Dogs should be kept on a leash - especially near gigantic sheer cliffs!

Original story at and
RNLI video at


At February 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Lucky puppy!!!

At February 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Blogger meowmeowmans said...

Amazing. Talk about a lucky dog!

At February 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Amy and The House of Cats said...

We saw your post on this at the NKC - we can't believe they were near a cliff and let her off the leash - stupid people!

At February 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM , Blogger soggibottom said...

I've been here, just where Poppy went...English prat !
It's lead not LEASH...........

At February 24, 2010 at 4:17 PM , Blogger soggibottom said...

Poppy is a name we would give female dog.
You said he?
we would never have said ass either, it would have been ARSE...the r very rolled.
Enjoy :-)

At February 24, 2010 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Cokie the Cat said...

Dear Soggibottom, Consider me rightly scolded and schooled. I am however a Hollywood cat and as such, I shall continue to use leash and ass, thankyouverymuch. The HE was a typo. I'll run fix it now.

Nice to meet you - ornery little bear...

Cokie the Cat

At February 24, 2010 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Jacqueline said...

Poppy was such a lucky dog; we're so happy she is safe!...Let's hope her irresponsible parents start using a leash.

At February 25, 2010 at 3:39 AM , Blogger The Creek Cats said...

Hi! We read about you over at our furiends, Sniffie and the Furkids blog. We wanted come by and say hello, it's so great to meet you!

At February 25, 2010 at 5:03 AM , Blogger Furkidsmom said...

Hi Cokie!

We wanted to let you know that we featured you on our blog today!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

pee ess - thanks for your submission to the CoC!

At February 25, 2010 at 8:36 AM , Blogger The Island Cats said...

Hi ya, Cokie! It's nice to meet you! Sniffie and the other Florida Furkids sent us over to say hello!

That's an amazing story about Poppy! We're glad it had a good ending...

At February 25, 2010 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Tara said...

That was too scary!

We came from Florida Furkids. Nice to meet you!



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