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Calvin's owner said he and his wife's other dogs helped lead them to the well where the golden retriever was stuck.

COURTESY: TVF&R - TVF&R firefighters from station 62 in Aloha paired up with firefighters from their technical rescue team from station 51 in Tigard to rescue a golden retriever that had fallen into a well in Aloha on Monday. Dickson Patton nearly gave up his dog Calvin for dead Monday evening, Aug. 23, before Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue rescued the golden retriever from an abandoned well in Aloha.

Patton was mowing his lawn while his two golden retrievers, Calvin and Fergus, were chasing squirrels in the backyard. He didn't think much of it. After all, the two dogs were from the same breeder and have been practically inseparable since Fergus first arrived in the family.

So Patton "left them to it," he told Pamplin Media Group.

About an hour later, he noticed something was wrong with Fergus.

"The pup was running around very distraught, and we couldn't find Calvin," Patton said.

They spent hours looking for Calvin. Patton nearly gave up. He speculated that the 11-year-old Calvin had wandered off into the nearby woodlands.

But eventually, Fergus and his other dog, a German shepherd named Margaret, led him and him and his wife Sheryl to the old pump house. Patton remembered there was an old cistern well inside.

When Patton looked down, he saw Calvin looking back up at him, treading water, trying the best he could to make noise.

"I don't know how he got in there, how he only managed it, but he did," Patton said.

The Pattons immediately called 9-1-1, and TVF&R firefighters from Station 62 and Station 51 got to work as soon as they arrived.

TVF&R spokesperson Tim Nokes said the well was approximately 30 feet deep and that Calvin had been treading water for hours by the time they arrived.

Crews used a tripod rope system to lower one person into the well to lift Calvin out of the well.



"Incidents like this don't happen very often, so it was a good training opportunity for our technical rescue team," Nokes said. "We can simulate technical rescues similar to that, but it's not very often where we actually have a 30-foot-deep well we get to send someone down inside."

Watching the process, however, was excruciating for the Pattons.

"He was pretty conscious, and he was howling and carrying on for at least two hours," Dickson Patton said. "And then seeing him down there, that was pretty bad too."

Nokes said when the firefighter finally reached the bottom of the well, Calvin jumped into his lap.

The Pattons rushed Calvin to his veterinarian, where he was treated for hypothermia.

"Lisa McGarvey, his vet, couldn't have been better," said Sheyrl Patton.

Calvin has made a full recovery, the Pattons say. He should be back to chasing squirrels with Fergus in no time.

And the Pattons are forever grateful for TVF&R.

"I can't say enough good things about the TV Fire & Rescue," Sheyrl Patton said. "I mean, they're really efficient."


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