Leap of faith for loyal pup Megan

PUBLISHED: 13:20 06 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A FELIXSTOWE animal lover had the fright of his life when he realised a fur-ball hurtling 40 feet through the air was his beloved dog.

By Lisa Baxter

A FELIXSTOWE animal lover had the fright of his life when he realised a fur-ball hurtling 40 feet through the air was his beloved dog.

It was a miracle that Border Collie pup Megan survived with only a dislocated hip to show for her fall, said her devoted owner Chris Symons.

Seven-month old Megan made her leap for freedom after squeezing through a five-inch gap in an open window to get to her owner who was speaking to a delivery man below, Mr Symons said.

"She was barking for me and I called up and said I'd be up in a minute," said the 50-year-old animal lover who also keeps a parrot called Charlie and a pair of love birds in his Sea Road flat.

"Then she squeezed through the gap and jumped down to get to me but I had my back to her. If I had seen her

struggling to get out I'd have told her to stay and she would have."

Mr Symons described how he saw something flying through the air and then realised that it was Megan who just couldn't wait to see him.

"I would have tried to catch her but I didn't have any time. She was in mid air by then. She had a funny expression on her face."


Megan bounced on the pavement below but miraculously survived the

horror fall with only shock and a

dislocated hip to show for it.

Her worried owner took a week off work to nurse injured Megan to recovery as the pup had to be carried everywhere in a neck brace and bandages for days.

"It did upset me," said Mr Symons, a chef at Felixstowe docks, of the fall.

"I've had to nurse her and carry her everywhere but she can manage on three legs now. She's all right but she's getting a bit irritated and depressed at the neck brace and bandages."

Mr Symons said Megan was a scatty pup who was adored by everyone in the area but he was still her greatest fan.

"Megan is my pal. I'm dopey over her."

n Meanwhile a horse was hailed a hero after she led a cyclist to her concussed rider who was lying helpless in a wheat field.

The horse saved the 28-year-old woman from spending last Wednesday night in a semi-conscious condition in a field off Gulpher Road, Felixstowe.

After the cyclist intercepted the riderless horse, believed to be a mare called Beanie, he started walking her along a lane to nearby stables when she became restless and refused to budge.

It was here that the stricken rider was spotted lying on her back in the field and the cyclist attracted the attention of a motorists to help rescue the woman.

An ambulance was called and took the rider to Ipswich Hospital for treatment while the loyal horse was taken to nearby stables.

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