“Usually they come back, but they didn’t come back that night,” Smith told The Dodo. “The next morning, we see Buddy, and he’s out running amok and he’s wet, so we decided to take a trip down to the reservoir … and we called for [Gidget], but we couldn’t find her anywhere.”
Gidget and Buddy’s nighttime romp had, in fact, taken them in the opposite direction of the reservoir: to a local wastewater treatment facility 6 miles from their home in Pueblo West, Colorado, where they got into some serious trouble.
On Monday morning, Tony Campbell, one of the plant workers, was starting his shift when he heard exhausted barks coming from one of the sewage treatment ponds. Those tired yelps belonged to Gidget, who was struggling to keep her head above the muck after being stuck for over an hour.