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Two dogs rescued from landslide

The two dogs fell down a hole opened up in the ground at the edge of their fence after heavy rains caused a tree to fall, taking the ground with it. (Source: KPTV/CNN) The two dogs fell down a hole opened up in the ground at the edge of their fence after heavy rains caused a tree to fall, taking the ground with it. (Source: KPTV/CNN)

CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV/CNN) - Two dogs are safe on solid ground after sliding nearly 175 feet down a cliff after a firefighter and a neighbor teamed up to save them by boat.

The old dogs, Doug and George, fell off the edge of a cliff and slid down to the Clackamas River.

They were not hurt, but they were scared and stuck.

"I was kind of shocked that they were all right," Dusting Shatner, the neighbor who helped rescue the dogs, said.

Shatner said the area where they fell used to be solid ground, but a storm took a tree down a few weeks ago and moved the edge of the cliff inside the fence line where the dogs live.

Their owner said that he was in the process of roping off a new fence to keep them safe when they fell.

"I just love animals. Dogs. I fall in love with the neighbor dogs, just like I do my own. So, I couldn't let them sit down there and shake alone," Shatner said.

While Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters boated down the river, Shatner took a deer trail down to the dogs.

"They seemed real scared, they were whimpering, shaking. They wouldn't leave my side, either," he said.

When rescue crews arrived, they faced frigid waters, thick branches and scared animals.

"Well, first of all, it's dogs. So, you know, they were pretty freaked out. Corralling them and getting them in the right direction was a little bit challenging. And definitely getting them onto the boat was a little bit challenging," said Harrison Zieverink of the Clackamas County fire department.

Shatner helped Zieverink carry George and Doug across the logs. He said he knows he should have been safer.

"Call me an idiot. You shouldn't walk down the side of a cliff like that for a couple of dogs, but my heart grows for them, so."

Now back home, Doug and George are staying away from the cliff even if they aren't ready to go inside.

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