A Raccoon as Big as a Small Child

I’ve been having a hard time getting Wado dog inside at night. Unless it’s raining, he’d rather protect the family from deer and small critters. I wouldn’t mind so much except for when things like this morning happen. Everyone on our quiet street knows our dog by name. At some point most everyone has come by the house to talk with me about my dog. Mostly it’s complaints about his barking but I’ve heard that he hunts the neighborhood cats and routinely wanders into people’s yards when he escapes (I really should have named him Houdini dog). It also disturbs the folks next door when I call for him at night, but I’m so desperate to get him in for fear of having “another one of those mornings”. So should I have been surprised when before dawn I hear Wado dog barking as if he’s on fire? I don’t understand acoustical science but somehow the hill behind our house amplifies the sound of his bark, making it incredibly loud—particularly at 4am. This is when most of the small critter incidents happen. It must be small furry party time. Dearest Husband bolts out of bed and runs outside. Wado dog has cornered a raccoon as big as a small child who is putting up a good fight. DH is screaming which only adds to the commotion but doesn’t in any way give Wado dog pause. The last time this happened, a neighbor called the county and Wado dog was quarantined for a month for fear of rabies. I can just imagine what the fall out will be this time. In the end, the raccoon took off and Wado dog survived with a few scratches on his nose and a sore paw. When the sun finally came up I found him curled up in fresh hole right in the middle of my rose bed.

That Wado Dog!

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14 Responses to A Raccoon as Big as a Small Child

  1. Jen says:

    Look at that sweet little face!! Wado Dog can do no wrong :)

  2. Vesta Vayne says:

    Awwww, poor Wago, he doesn’t understand things like yards. He’s just being a dog, they hunt things and roam. I’m sure to him it’s ALL his territory.

    When I was a kid we had a dalmatian that did the same thing, and come to think of it, our neighbors were always complaining too.

  3. Dani says:

    He’s so proud and content after his long night of protecting his humans from evil raccoons and sneaky possums. He is now sleeping the sleep of the righteous…

    We had a dog years ago who could get out of any yard, scale any fence, open any door… it was maddening. And then he wouldn’t come when we called him… he would be right across the street and we’d be screaming his name and he would just toodle along, not really running but just going fast enough that we couldn’t catch him…

  4. Whitney Soup says:

    aaww i’m afraid of dogs, but he sounds like a dog i’d like to get to know (from a safe distance). he’s got def character

  5. We have a barker too! She drives us crazy because she barks at everything and her bark is insanely loud.

    • Jennie says:

      Wado has a bark collar that gives him a shock every time he barks. It increases if he keeps barking. Funny thing–he keeps barking and doesn’t care about the shock!

  6. Awww your poor dog. He is definitely getting a bad rep. I mean he is just being a dog!

  7. Mrs. Tuna says:

    I’ve got one dog who who could be a twin to yours that I’m convinced is autistic and one which is in a coma the entire day. Must be dog blog week, I posted one too. I’d follow but I’m not smart enough to find you Google friend box……….

  8. veronica lee says:

    Aw! Poor dog! But just look at that adorable face!!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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