Cats often need rescuing from trees, and on one occasion, from a flood drain. But rescuing a dog from a roof, that is probably a first.
US firefighters came across a bizarre situation last Friday (June 8), when a 90kg Saint Bernard dog was stranded on a small roof.
For some inexplicable reason, five-year-old Whisky had jumped out of a window on the second floor of the house in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, while his sitter was making dinner downstairs.
Ms Renee Roth, who was watching her son's dog while he was training in the US National Guard, told local CBS broadcaster that she went to check on Whisky after hearing a ruckus upstairs.
"I ran up to see what was happening and the dog wasn't in there and I assumed the worst," she told CBS Minnesota.
"He was standing there and he kept looking over at the garage, and I'm like 'Don't jump!'"
Ms Roth then called the local fire department, who sent firefighters to the scene.
To rescue the large dog, firefighters had to remove the entire window for him to get through, CBS reported.
One firefighter quoted by the news outlet said they pushed the dog from the outside and pulled him from the inside at the same time. Eventually, Whisky "figured out what we were doing", said Mr Jeremiah Anderson.
Whisky then jumped through the window back into the house.
Despite the ordeal, Ms Roth still had positive words for Whisky.
"He's a big ole hairy, lovable, slobbery Saint Bernard, but he's a great dog," she told CBS.
Minnesota animals seem to have a fondness for getting into high places. This week, a raccoon became an online star after he was spotted scaling the side of a St Paul, Minnesota skyscraper.