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Teddy got to see Christmas

When 17-year-old Teddy went missing in the early hours of the morning, his owner was frantic looking for the blind and partly deaf dog. After a 90-minute search, 78-year-old Anne Hudson followed the sound of barking to a water-filled ditch.

When 17-year-old Teddy went missing in the early hours of the morning, his owner was frantic looking for the blind and partly deaf dog.

After a 90-minute search, 78-year-old Anne Hudson followed the sound of barking to a water-filled ditch. But there was no way she could rescue Teddy herself.

So, after calling 911, Richmond RCMP's Const. Eric Chan attempted a rescue around 6: 30 a.m. But the ditch was too treacherous and he called in fire-rescue for help.

With dry suits on, firefighters Mark Smith and Freddie Klomp made their way into the ditch and successfully pulled Teddy out, injury-free. Teddy was in a hypothermic state and was carried into Hudson's residence nearby to be warmed up.

But the rescue wasn't finished there - Smith gently placed Teddy in the bathtub and gave him a hot bath, scrubbing and shampooing him. Teddy was then towel dried and placed in front of the fireplace to continue his recovery.

"I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the help you extended to me and my dog," Hudson told the rescuers.

"I have never met more dedicated men as I did that night. You were all so kind, loving and concerned for my precious dog ..."

acampbell@richmond-news.com