Our pup almost got swallowed

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  1. fourhallatts

    fourhallatts Active Member

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    Ok, so this is the first chance I have had to share this. When we pulled the pup from it's winter resting place this past spring one of the wheels was in a rut, or so we thought. Now mind you we have lived here for 19 years, and have stored our pup in this spot before. Fortunately we managed to get it out before the hole got to full size and swallowed the pup. Apparently we had an undiscovered cistern in our back yard. The hole ended up being 5 feet deep and 3.5 feet in diameter. It started out full of water but eventually dried up. It took about 2.5 cu yds of dirt/stones to fill it up. It took us 4 days to shovel, by hand, all that dirt into the hole. Fortunately we got it done before my youngest ds' grad party. So all's well that ends well. Katie our Great Pyrenees enjoyed sitting on the pile. I think she was very sad to see it go! Thanks for listening!
     

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    Lol wow, could have been worse. Cool story.
     
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    Well, that's a new one!

    Glad the PUp is safe. Was this natural occurring or some long forgotten man-made problem?
     
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    Our house is built on former farm land. We think it was an old cistern to collect water for the crops. For a couple of days we just stared at it trying to figure out what to do.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Talk about luck, you could have had a problem for sure ? Goes to show that you never know what is going on under your feet :) Glad you got the PUP moved before it disappeared and got the hole filled before someone got hurt.
     
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    Well, THAT could have been an interesting insurance claim!
     
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    Being a Floridian we see sinkholes swallow houses in these parts so I feel your pain. As an aside; renting a piece of equipment might saved 3 1/2 days of your time and wear and tear on the body, lol.
     
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    We would have liked to get a backhoe or something but it was out of our price range [:(!]. But my 3 men (dh, 23 yo ds and 18 yo ds) and I got it done. My 23 yo spends his day lifting 50 lb bags of flour among other things at the bakery he works at. Besides I enjoy watching my husband do manual labor [:D].
     
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    Jiminy cricket, thought it was a Florida story at first til I saw y'all were from the Syracuse area...son is just up the road at Ft Drum, he & a few of his pals would have filled/tamped & stamped for a case of beer lol, those boys are beasts...glad you made out OK, wife would have slapped a For Sale sign in the yard...
     
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    Yeah, we were shocked when we saw it, especially how big it eventually ended up. Thanks for the offer I only wish I had shared earlier! We definitely could have afforded a good case of beer.[LOL]
     
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    I'm glad it wasn't a burial site!
     
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    [LOL][LOL][LOL]
     
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    Thanks! I was afraid our dog might fall in since she is so curious. However she gave it a pretty wide berth. Once in a while she would go over and look in but not for long.
     
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    what? no pool?
     
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    Glad everything came out OK [8D]!!
     
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    At first we were afraid it was an old septic tank. When the water dried up we realized it must be an old cistern. It's funny because for several years we had our garden in that spot and never new it was there. Thankfully no damage to the pup and we got her out without to much trouble.
     

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