If you’ve ever wondered whether or not using a GPS collar on your hunting dog would be beneficial, this cautionary tale is for you.
Weston Radway was training his coonhound, Bell, to tree raccoons at night in Mashpee, Massachusetts. The canine’s GPS collar ended up being key to her rescue.
Radway says that Bell did something she shouldn’t have. She chased a raccoon into a plastic drainpipe. The coonhound ended up going about 80 feet into the pipe and couldn’t get out.
Radway contacted authorities, who said they couldn’t do anything until morning. At daybreak, he headed back to the area and located Bell via the collar. He cut the pipe and saved the pooch. He says Bell is a champion coonhound, which would be reason enough to save her.
But the real reason goes much deeper than that.
“They become like your family, your friend and you don’t want anything happening to them,” Radway says.