Puppies are used to being the centre of attention, but one got more than he bargained for at the weekend when it had to be rescued by the fire service from its own pen.
The lovable little English Bull Terrier, which is only three weeks old and is the runt of the litter, had managed to get his head wedged between the bars of the pen, which he shared with his other four new-born siblings and his mother, Misty.
Having tried and failed to free him, owner Angeline Guadagni, had no other option but to call 999 on Saturday night.
The Huthwaite mum-of-two explained: “I woke up and heard this screaming and when I came to see he was pushing and pulling but couldn’t get free.
“He’s somehow managed to get his between the bars, I tried to get my son to hold the dog while I tried to pull on the bars but there was no give in them.
“The dog’s mother was going frantic and the puppy was squealing, so I thought ‘there’s only thing I can do’, and that’s ring the fire service.
“They were brilliant, they were here within 15 minutes.
“I’m so grateful, they did a fantastic job and everybody loves a happy ending!”
The crew from Ashfield were able to free the tiny dog using a hydraulic tool spreader shortly before midnight.
The dog suffered no serious injury and the firefighters even had their photograph taken with the rescued dog.
The pup has already been sold and will be named Faith, but will not be able to be taken from its mother until after eight weeks. English Bull Terrier pups can fetch up to £1,000 each.
As the runt of the litter, the young dog has to be fed regularly.
“It’s been a hard week,” added Mrs Guadagni
“It’s the second litter we’ve had, and it will be the last I think!”