With the help of a friend, Brett was able to lower a ladder down into the 10-foot-deep hole and carry his little Zippy to safety, but Saffron proved to heavy to lift alone. He called the local fire department and soon a team was dispatched to lend a hand in getting her out.
Fortunately, neither dog nor cat were seriously injured in the fall, or by one another throughout their lengthy ordeal; somehow the pair seemed to have been able to keep the peace over the hours they had been forced to spend in one another's company.
In fact, Brett believes Zippy may have been trying to offer Saffron assistance.
"I think the cat went there looking for [her]," he said.
If there's a lesson to be learned from all of this, Brett's pretty sure what it is:
"When animals go missing, they're often much, much closer than you think."