Lhasa Apso Wedges Herself In A Recliner And Practically Dies Of Embarrassment

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

November 7, 2015

The verdict is still out on what exactly implored Cagney the Lhasa Apso to shimmy her little self inside an electric reclining chair, but what’s done is done and this dog just doesn’t give a pup.


Lyn Kirkwood and her husband in Greater Manchester, England, noticed that Cagney didn’t make a sound—as she typically does—when her elderly husband’s caretaker arrived.

Not long after, Kirkwood discovered what had happened:

I looked in all the rooms and couldn’t find her anywhere, then all of a sudden I heard a whimper and we found her stuck in the chair.

And boy, was she stuck.

firefighter chair

The family called in the local firefighters and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), with animal welfare officer David Hatton tagging along. Hatton said:

The dog had managed to get herself well and truly wedged in the chair. She was stuck head first in the mechanism, with just her back legs sticking out. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Nor have we, sir. It’s lucky they had the best of the best rescuers on hand to handle the situation—the firefighters slowly and safely disassembled the chair’s frame until Cagney could wiggle herself out. “Afterwards she seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing,” says Hatton. “She just wandered off for a drink and came and sat by her owner.”


Well, she certainly has a lion-sized attitude, as is the namesake of her breed. While the pup was reportedly stuck in the chair for about an hour, she hasn’t appeared to make too much of a fuss about it. She even seemed to notice when the firefighters arrived that all would be well, and settled down to let them go about their work.

Cagney is A-OK now, but we’re pretty certain she won’t be very happy if you go spreading this story around.

cagney evil

I would listen to her.

RSPCA, Featured Image via Facebook/GMFRS

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

November 7, 2015