Mater's troubles began last Friday evening when, inexplicably, he failed to return home for dinner like usual. His owner, West Virginia native Kathy Olson, had a sneaking suspicion that something was seriously wrong - and she was right. Still, it would take nearly an entire week before she learned exactly what.
As the days passed with no sign of her dog, Olson began to think he might never be found. But then on Thursday, with the help of her neighbors who'd reported hearing the faint sound of a barking dog, Mater was finally discovered in that very tight spot underground. That's when, as the Gazette-Mail reports, they called for help.
Crews from the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department and West Virginia American Water then came to the rescue, tearing up the sidewalk to free the dog.
Here's the moment Mater's long ordeal ended.