It’s sad that we only realize how much we love our dogs when they’re in trouble. The idea of seeing your dog in trouble is painful for every owner.

This is exactly what happened here. This tiny pup got trapped under the neighbor’s porch. Eva Routs was having dinner when her dog got distracted by a small animal and went after it outside.

When Eva noticed how her dog wasn’t responding after she called out to him, she knew he was in trouble.

After trying to rescue her dog on her own, Eva finally decided to call the Houston Fire Department’s special technical rescue division. The dog was trapped for 48h before the rescue team arrived.

“They did this out of the kindness of their hearts on a volunteer basis and because they really wanted to help,” Robyn Arouty, a photographer who captured scene told The Huffington Post. “I could tell they didn’t plan on leaving that house until Onyx was safe and back with his family.”

Onyx got in trouble by following the little animal in the small space that he couldn’t get out of. Eva called the police at first, but they couldn’t assist because the incident did not involve an animal putting another in harm’s way.

Eva reached to other groups for help as well, but the Houston Fire Department was the right team for the job.

The rescuers had to dig our feet underground to retrieve Onyx. The rescue mission last for 6 whole hours, but at the end Onyx was back with his owner.

Eva was relieved

“The fireman rescuers took turns doing the digging by hand so they wouldn’t injure the dog. A special snake device with a camera on the end was used to navigate a path,” Arouty told HuffPost. “Eventually the cries became louder … One of the firemen took off his glove when he knew Onyx was close and was able to reach under the house to bring him to safety. It was a great moment with lots of tears!”

Onyx wasn’t injured from the accident. Besides the cuddles, Eva had to give him a warm bath to celebrate the successful rescue.

The story of Onyx should be a lesson to every dog owner.

“Expect the unexpected, because dogs will not always do what is reasonable, like chasing after other animals or motorcycles,” Teresa Osborn, a member of the rescue team, told HuffPost. “They live in the moment and don’t understand the consequences of all their actions. Keep their best interests in mind and look out for them like you would for human children.”

That’s exactly why we should always watch our pets at all time. Accidents like this can happen, and even thought Onyx’s story has a happy ending, things could’ve easily gone the wrong way.

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