Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Raccoon vs Rottweiler

My money would have been on the raccoon.
The other morning, I took Daphne the Rottweiler for a walk to the park before sunrise. I let her offleash and she disappeared into the tall grass by the creek. A quick movement in the tree next to me - I turned my head and came almost face to face with a fleeing baby raccoon the size of a kitten. Yikes - I pushed through the grass towards Daphne to find her facing off with a very pissed off mama raccoon.
Good thing Daphne has a great recall - actually, I think she was glad that I gave her an excuse to back away! Mama raccoon looked pretty intimidating. Bared teeth, snarling and hissing.
I told my knowlegable-about-many-things friend Martha about it & she said not only would a 'coon usually mess up a dog, but they would swim out into water, hoping the dog would swim after. Once in water, a fighting raccoon can drown a large dog by attacking its head. According to this site, that is indeed the case.
Sure was an adorable little baby raccoon, though.


Blogger shirley said...

Aww, raccoons look like cute little bandits! So cute!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Carina said...

Don't they though? It was an adorable little thing, I'm glad the dog didn't hurt one!

7:40 AM  

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