First date interrupted when pet dog fell 100ft down a cliff

Francesca Marshall
Luther the dog had to be bandaged up after his fall - RNLI

One pet owner had a first date to remember after her dog fell nearly 100ft down a cliff while she walked it with her new love interest.

The owner of the pointer-vizslar cross, Philippa Ruggier, was on a first date on Saturday afternoon at Orcombe Point, Devon, when her beloved animal Luther fell and injured his leg.

Ms Ruggier said: “It was a very memorable first date.

“But Michael's just texted me to see how Luther is, so I think there may well be a second date.”

Following his accident Luther will need surgery for a leg wound but is expected to make a full recovery.

Ms Ruggier told the BBC: “He's torn the dewclaw digit and it's quite a deep wound, but the vet felt he'd had enough of a shock for one day, so he's having the operation on Tuesday morning.

"Luther's very gangly - all legs and feet - but also very calm and sensible, which helped enormously.

"He landed on a ledge about three-quarters the way down the cliff and stood howling for about 10 minutes and scrabbling to try to climb back up, then just sort of slithered down to the bottom."

The pointer-vizslar cross was rescued by Exmouth RNLI after Ms Ruggier and her date called 999.

Luther is a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog and was due to have his first outing with the charity next week, which has now been postponed.

PAT dogs visit hospitals and schools to help people enjoy the benefits of being in the company of an animal.

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