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Very Curious Dog Gets His Head Stuck In The Worst Spot

"It was a sewer pipe, so it probably smelled like cologne to him.”

Two women were out for a walk in the Greater Ville neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, when they spotted something very odd: a strange creature with a long, cylindrical gray head.

They quickly called 911, and as they followed the animal, it became clear that the creature was actually a dog who had gotten himself very stuck, and desperately needed their help.

Dog with pipe stuck on head
St. Louis Fire Department

When members of the St. Louis Fire Department and the Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the scene, they quickly realized that freeing the dog would be a bit more difficult than they had anticipated.

“I am guessing the dog got himself in that predicament by doing what dogs do best — following their noses,” a police officer present at the rescue, who wished to remain private, told The Dodo. “And I think it was a sewer pipe, so it probably smelled like cologne to him.”

Pit bull mix rescued from a pipe by emergency workers
St. Louis Fire Department

After a tense 15 minutes struggling with the pipe, the rescue workers finally freed the tube from the dog’s head — revealing a tired, but sweet, brown and white face. 

“[It] doesn't sound like much, but when you're struggling to hold down a big, squirming, scared dog, it feels like longer,” the officer noted. “The dog was so scared, we assumed he would jump up and run as soon as he was free, but the dog was just exhausted. He didn't want to move.”

The tall pipe had prevented the dog from eating or drinking, but luckily it didn't appear to have caused any lasting injuries. “I've rescued more than [a] few stray dogs over the years. It's always a great morale boost,” the officer said. “But this was definitely the most unique!”

St. Louis Fire Department

The pit bull mix was transferred to the City of St. Louis Animal Care Center, where a scan for a microchip came back negative. It didn’t take long for shelter workers to fall in love with the gentle giant. “His demeanor was really shy, and definitely scared, but still just a total sweetheart,” Olivia Isom, the shelter's administrative coordinator, told The Dodo.

McCartney at the City of St. Louis Animal Care Center
City of St. Louis Animal Care Center

When posting his photo on lost and found pet sites failed to reveal further information about the 5-year-old dog’s past, Isom decided to name him McCartney, after the member of The Beatles, and put him up for adoption.

But one shelter worker had been hatching a plan for McCartney since the pup first came in — he knew the sweet dog would be the perfect fit for his daughter’s family.

City of St. Louis Animal Care Center

The Wizeman family had been searching for a calm dog who would fit in well with their 3- and 8-year-old children and rather forceful cat. When Dawn Wizeman called her dad at the shelter for advice, he told her to come down right away and meet McCartney, and things clicked instantly.

McCartney the dog with the Wizeman family
Dawn Wizeman

Now far away from the streets of the city, McCartney is finally learning to enjoy himself. “He seems to like it out here,” Dawn Wizeman told The Dodo. “He has 6 acres to run, and aside from the cat being a bully, he’s adjusted fairly well.”

McCartney after adoption
Dawn Wizeman

Luckily, when the cat acts out, McCartney’s new mom is always there to comfort him. “He’s a big cuddle buddy, and when the cat scares him, I give him a hug and we’re both calm,” Wizeman said. “He’s just a really good boy.”

Though it’s only been a few days, McCartney’s new family couldn’t be happier with their new addition.

McCartney the dog at his forever home in St. Louis
Dawn Wizeman

Though, there are always growing pains in a new environment.

“I’m trying to figure him out, because he doesn’t seem to know how to dog,” Wizeman said. “He just wants to lay around and hang out with us. And when we go outside, he lays under the porch where it’s cool. He’s just the strangest dog, but he’s so sweet.”

Dawn Wizeman

McCartney still loves sniffing everything he possibly can on his walks — but he now tends to stay away from anything resembling a pipe or hole. He’s learned his lesson on that one.

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