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Goldendoodle 'Jasper McLovin' survives 300-foot fall into Spokane River

9:48 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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SPOKANE, Wash. (KXLY) - They say cats have nine lives, but the dog you're about to meet certainly has his share as well.

The Bowl Pitcher is a great place for "Jasper McLovin" the goldendoodle to run off some energy; but this time, he ran too far.

"I think he couldn't see over it, so he leaped over to see the other side and there was no other side," said Michelle Rochon, Jasper's owner.

Jasper and his boy, Marshall, were racing to an outlook point with a ledge. Jasper jumped off a cliff and feel 300 feet into the Spokane River.

"He had to hit the sides because he's kind of scuffed a little," said Michelle.

"I see Jasper, and he's wet, and he's looking at me like, 'please help me,'" said Marshall.

Jasper swam to the shore on his own and his family rushed him to the arms of Dr. Joe Peterson at the North Division Animal Medical Center. Dr. Peterson was expecting the worst.

"As a minimum, major fractures, bleeding in the chest cavity, skull fractures," he said.

However, Jasper walked away with only a bruised liver, bruised lungs and a scratch on his leg.

"Luckily, no bones were broken. I can't believe it," Michelle said.

Marshall added, "For him to walk away from this with nothing more than a scratch and something that was easily resolved in his chest is really pretty amazing."

Four days after the fall, Jasper seems to have his spunk back, much to the family cat's dismay.

"Very energetic. He's not supposed to bark or play and he thinks otherwise," Michelle said.

KXLY

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