The escapade began shortly before midnight at a home on Shell Street in North Highlands. The resident was startled by the sounds of barking in the backyard.
There, the resident noticed a hole in the fence and one of his dogs barking and frantically going in and out of the hole.
"He was kind of like Lassie," said Sac Metro firefighter Rashawn Fulcher.
On the other side of the fence, the dog owner discovered his other dog, an older Akita named RJ, in a predicament.
RJ had gone through the hole and down a steep-walled drainage canal. He could not get back up.
The owner called on Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District for a helping hand. Once at the dry canal, the firefighters went to ditch drainage exit and walk to the dog.
The dog was then led out to safety by the crew of Engine 42 led by Capt. Jason Wenner. Firefighters then further assisted the homeowner by repairing the fence.
PHOTO CAPTION: RJ and his owner with a Sac Metro firefighter.