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News - June 29, 2012

Raccoon chase goes south when dog maroons self

Firefighters rescue 40-pound dog from tree in Atherton

by Dave Boyce

Tradition has it that when a dog trees a raccoon, it's a three-step process. In Step 1, the dog chases the raccoon up the tree. Step 2 has the dog standing around at the bottom of the tree looking up at the raccoon and barking. Time passes. In Step 3, the dog realizes the futility of barking and goes away, whereupon the raccoon climbs down and resumes its life.

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Almanac Staff Writer Dave Boyce can be emailed at dboyce@almanacnews.com.


Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Nicely written piece.

Posted by Dennis, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

VoxPop, I was thinking the same thing. The opening paragraph is not out of Journalism 101, but perfectly sets the mood and helps visualize the story.

This was a nice, positive story.

Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

Raccoon 1
Dog 0

Posted by cgl, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I agree. It was a very clever story.

Posted by jardins, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

"a large and laterally oriented branch of an old oak tree"--?? The journalist means a large branch growing out from the side of the tree? That's an amazing thing to envisage!

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I read the story before looking at the photo. Impressive situation. Nice work by all involved!

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Great job, firefighters! I'm glad it ended happily for all.

And yes, good writing.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Why am I not surprised it was a Wheaten terrier?

Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Pelicans and terriers had an interesting day.

As did the Norman Rockwell Fire Departments.


Posted by dog, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

so that's what firefighters are paid $200,000 per year for, makes sense