Call it a miracle or call it just plain luck. Either way, Clayton Tieman and his wife are extremely happy that Jet, their 65-pound Labrador retriever, survived jumping from the top of an airport parking deck six stories down at Tampa International.
The two-year-old dog walked away with no broken bones. When he was checked out by the vet, he only had cuts and bruises from the 60- to 80-foot fall.
Lisa Thomson, Florida Veterinary’s client care coordinator, said, “It was definitely unusual. That’s a fall from a pretty high story. It’s all the luck of the draw.”
It all happened when the couple went to the airport to pick up relatives, and Tieman was standing on the airport deck alongside the 4-foot retaining wall. Jet jumped out from the car and ran to Tieman, but the dog was running too fast, and to prevent himself from hitting the wall, he jumped off the deck.
Tieman and his wife were afraid to look down and see what happened to Jet. But a witness yelled up to the couple, “Your dog got up and walked.”
Jet is doing well and has made a full recovery and Tieman stated that they chose the name Jet for the color of his black coat and not for his leaping abilities.
He added, “I think I’ll name my next dog Scooter or something more grounded.”
Source: Tampa Tribune