Dog rescued after 100-yard Snoqualmie Pass cliff fall

Trapped on a ledge, hundreds of feet from aid, Dosewallips was frightened when the first climber reached him.

But as more faces appeared on the Cascade mountain cliff, the dog’s fear turned to barks of relief.

The 10-month-old German Pointer had fallen more than 150 feet after slipping on an ice sheet along the Pacific Crest Trailed on Snoqualmie Pass late Thursday, Aug. 5. His owners were unable to reach him on the steep cliff, and called for help.

Volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team, or WASART, and the King County Search and Rescue Association responded. They scaled the cliff and rescued Dosewallips by 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6.

The lucky dog was given a thorough check-up, and had no obvious injuries despite the big fall.

“He walked out on his own four feet,” said Greta Cook, WASART vice president.

Rescue teams tied lines to trees near the ledge and lowered themselves down to reach him.

For WASART, Friday’s rescue was a way to work cooperatively with other organizations, including King County Search and Rescue, Seattle Mountain Rescue, Explorer Search and Rescue and Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue.

“It gave us the opportunity to help some folks who were really in a tough spot,” Cook said. “We wanted to keep all the responders, the animal and the owners safe, and get the dog out. It was a big relief, and pretty exciting.”

The dog is named for a park on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

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