A 1-week-old cocker spaniel in London is found alive after his journey down the drain

By Kate Hogan
Updated June 16, 2009 05:30 PM

A 1-week-old cocker spaniel puppy is lucky to be alive today, after surviving a terrifying brush – er, flush – with death in London, England, this week. It all started when Dyno the dog’s owner, 4-year-old Daniel Blair, decided his muddy pooch needed a bath. Rather than take Dyno to the sink, the little guy plopped his pup in the toilet – and flushed, according to news reports.

Realizing what had happened, Blair’s mom Alison checked the family’s outdoor drain and miraculously heard Dyno whimpering. She contacted firefighters, who had no luck finding the crying dog. But in a last-ditch effort, she called plumbing specialists Dyno-Rod, who were able to use a special camera to locate the pup – 20 yards away under a neighbor’s house! – and then gently coax him to the nearest manhole, from which they retrieved him – cold and dirty, but alive. As a tribute to the dog’s rescuers, they gave him his cute moniker: Dyno.

Dyno is now home and relaxing with his family – who will definitely keep an eye on their son when he plays with the pup next! “I never thought a dog could survive being flushed down the loo,” Alison told Britain’s Daily Mirror. “He’s a real little fighter.”