My dog just saved my ass!

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    Feb 23, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    So...I just got home from an evening run of 6 miles and slid the sliding glass doors open to let my dog, "RAGS", out to play in the back yard. It was dark, and the motion senors hadn't turned on the lights yet. I stepped out on my deck to watch her play. As always she runs as fast as she can and just launches herself from the deck into the snow in the back yard. In the corner of my eye I see some motion at my legs, sort of beside and behind me. I didn't think anything of it, because we have a couple of feral cats that we have had fixed and keep fed.... and the food and water bowls were right there..I thought it was one of the cats...UNTIL I hear this kind of GROWLING....as I start to think ...WTF is wrong with the cats...my dog came FLYING up to the deck , GROWLING AND BARKING AND SNARLING, TEETH BARED, ATTACKING this noise next to me....I stepped back and all I can see is blood spraying the deck and the snow, with RAGS on top and ripping the shit out of this animal and then she chased it out of the yard....The flood lights popped on as this all started and to my shock, it was a small raccoon! My dog had just saved my ass from being attacked by a growling raccoon that was apparently eating the left over and dumped cat food on my deck.......RAGS is fine and has no injuries...I am more rattled than she is! I can't believe I was that close to this raccoon that was growling and I never knew it until my dog protected me! I have never seen her become that vicious nor ever ATTACK before! She was very deliberate in her attack and she came in between me and the raccoon, very fast...I believe she knew what was happening before I did....After all the excitement, she came back to me and sat right next to my still stunned and motionless legs and looked up at me and put her head against my leg and wagged her tail.. I picked he up and checked her over for injuries...she was fine but now I have a hell of a mess of blood and chunks of raccoon fur all over my deck and back yard......I guess I need to get the hose our and spray it off before it dries on the deck.....
    This happened like 30 minutes ago and I am still sort of shocked.... I am glad she was there, but I guess the cat food will need to be a much more tidy place to keep other animals from wanting to snack there too.....strangely the cats reappeared after RAGS had chased the raccoon off.....I certainly don't want my dog tangling with a raccoon any more...for some reason I don't think dogs normally do very well against a raccoon..... I am in a very well kept, clean and suburban neighborhood...I've never seen animals other than dogs and cats and every now and then a deer, in the fall, in my neighborhood....very strange.
    THANK YOU BABY!...EXTRA SNACKS FOR YOU TONIGHT!icon_surprised.gif
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    Feb 23, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    aw...ur bitch had ur back....icon_wink.gif
    u might wanna take her to a vet in case she needs to get her shots reinforced (she could have minor cuts and abrasions u cant see)....racoons can carry rabies and other stuff.....even though they can look cute from afar.
    also....hope the coon is alright and not too hurt dude...its kinda ur fault for leaving the cat food out like that.
  • Mohannned

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    Feb 23, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    even though I never had a pet ... and I never will .
    but dogs really are a mans best friend
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    joshnyc said dude...its kinda ur fault for leaving the cat food out like that.

    glad you and your dog are safe...but sounds like the raccoon was the victim of circumstances and has been hurt for it.

    There are two sides to every story.
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    Feb 23, 2010 12:18 PM GMT
    I'm glad to hear that you and your dog are ok. You may want to have your dog double checked by a vet and possibly have Rags tested for rabies titers to make sure her rabies vaccinations were effective. If you came into contact with any raccoon tissue, you may also want to get prophylactic rabies vaccine. (It's a straightforward course of three shots in your arm that has to be started with a day or two of exposure.) It may be overkill, but I am always suspicious of raccoons that stay around when humans are nearby. They are usually smart enough and reticent enough to slip away when people show up. A raccoon that is overtly hostile toward people may be infected with rabies. Here in southern New England rabies is endemic in raccoon populations.

    You didn't mention what kind of dog you have, but she sounds great. Raccoons are formidable opponents for most dogs. They have very sharp claws, fangs and quick reflexes. Not infrequently dogs come out on the losing end of fights with raccoons so kudos to your dog, who seems to have been motivated by a wish to protect you (and/or the cat food she may have been planning to eat later!).

    I give my dogs free reign on my property to wipe out any raccoons, skunks or woodchucks they find. Raccoons and skunks are rabies vectors and woodchucks ravage gardens. Now that your dog has got a taste of blood, her prey drive will become more obvious. As a result, you may need to make sure she is contained (e.g. kept in fenced areas or leashed) when she is outside. She is liable to sprint after any small animal - including cats - (with the intention of killing it). In doing so, your dog may run in front of moving cars,etc or get lost.

    Best of luck.
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    Feb 23, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    Good thing your dog is okay. Last year, my best friend and I were walking with my black lab on the beach after sunset and the dog was several yards ahead of us. He all of a sudden started barking and we could see the silhouette of three raccoons. We scared them off and checked the dog after getting back to the bungalow. We didn't see anything. I checked again with his wife and we didn't see anything. Then we noticed some dried blood spots on the wood floors, so we checked again. There was a two-inch gash next to his eye. Needless to say, I took him to the vet.
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    Feb 23, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Glad to hear all is well there Sporty. I think we all hope our dogs will protect our premises as well as Rags did in this instance. I wouild have Rags checked at the vet for sure, be careful about putting food out on the deck and certainly cherish
    a great dog! Congrats.
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    Feb 23, 2010 3:31 PM GMT

    First, some background:


    We did a fair amount of volunteer work with feral cat catch, vaccinate, spay/neuter then release programs via the Humane Societies up here. Feral cats can be very untame-able. At our last residence we were a feeding station for ferals, and never left food out overnight. They learn the routine very quickly.

    We found out from the Societies and Vets that raccoons get along with cats and skunks. The lower mainland here has no cases of rabies.

    Raccoons are generally timid as they know that a scratch or wound will mean death to them.

    Aside from the rabies worry, it's important to remember that development encroachment is forcing the animals into urban and suburban areas. With food scarce, outdoor food dishes are the only food available, and if faced with starvation, these animals get aggressive.


    Up here, feeding stations are sometimes set up in yards to sate the raccoons to the point of stupor. They start sleeping in yards during the day and they're easier to catch. Traps are also set up; they get caught that way as well, and they are re-located, often to Burnaby Lake area or up towards Manning Park.


    Please take the food inside!


    -Doug
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    The response of a wild animal to human presence is usually to run away, not stand and growl at the person (unless cornered and no way to escape). Something wasn't right with that racoon. I agree with flieslikeabea - check for rabies.
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
    I also agree... and get your dog to the vet to make sure she's okay too.
    And HUGE kudos to Rags for her act of bravery!
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    I think a picture of Rags is in order. Would love to see what the hero looks like.

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    Feb 23, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    I live in central Houston -- a very urban area. We've seen raccoons, possums, and singing mice on our patio. At the city park about five blocks away, we've seen river otters. Wildlife in the city is very cool, although I'd prefer not to tangle with a raccoon!
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    Here's my boy Simon keeping the Boston ferals at bay. No idea where all those scrawny beasts came from, and never saw them again. Good boy Simon, just like a dog!

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    Feb 23, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    I LOVE RAGS!!
    A picture is DEFINITELY called for!

    I grew up in REALLY rural areas of Idaho, Montana and New Mexico. We always had dogs growing up and I can't count how many times they saved my ass from other creatures including angry Moose, stray dogs and from being lost in the boonies. They also saved me from being lonely.

    Living in San Francisco I forgot about those times and how lucky I was to belong to my dogs. Thanks for the reminder for why our packs are so special, there's nothing like them.

    Definitely get the food situation squared away and take rags in to get shots just in case, he protected you now you can do the same for him!

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    Feb 23, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    djdorchester saidHere's my boy Simon keeping the Boston ferals at bay. No idea where all those scrawny beasts came from, and never saw them again. Good boy Simon, just like a dog!

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    My girls have in unison growled and barked at individuals that lurk in the park late at night on our walks. It's always the people I don't see. My girls are usually super docile and so friendly they inherently look scared and shy, so when they get all aggro and protective it usually actually scares me at first because I know if they are getting that way something is seriously awry. I love my pack
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    Feb 24, 2010 1:58 AM GMT

    RJ DEMANDS pics of Rags !

    (And, djdorchester: what do you feed that cat? She looks HUGE ! LOL :winkicon_smile.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    Thank you all for your comments, concerns, suggestions and kudos to RAGS!
    I am still a little stunned and get choked up when i think of her going after this raccoon and how it could have had a very bad ending for me or her.....and replaying it in my mind I have no doubt that she was "protecting me" against this intruder in her territory. The feral cats and RAGS are good...they play together and will sleep on each other in the sun......etc....

    The cat food IS taken up every night. The raccoon was going after the dry cat food crumbs, that are now crushed and wet from snow and rain, that are in the cracks in the deck floor.....power washing got that all cleaned up today.

    Took RAGS to the vet for a check up. She is uninjured and all shots are up to date..so she is good to go! She loves going to the vet...she is treated like a Princess there and gets tons of attention from all the vet techs and the dr's....LOL!..like she doesn't get ANY attention at home!

    Not sure how to post a pic in a thread, since it is not on any website/url, but I posted a pic in my profile of Rags laying on the leg of my middle son, Teddy...if you want to see her! She has her winter coat right now and is a little hairball...but with the red in her coat...she is a natural in my family of all red-heads! LOL!
    Thanks again...
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    Feb 24, 2010 6:22 AM GMT
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    are raccoons dangerous? ive never seen one!
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    Feb 24, 2010 8:56 AM GMT
    Raccoons are cute and cuddly, until they attack you. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 9:13 AM GMT
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    are raccoons dangerous? ive never seen one!


    they can be very vicious, adorable . . . but very mean if put under stress.. and really i feel bad for the raccoon in this story.
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    Feb 24, 2010 10:48 AM GMT
    This is a sad story. The coon would've been saved had you not left cat food outside. Who does that?

    The raccoon was cornered, which explains why it was growling. Assuming it didn't have rabies, I can assure you that it wouldn't have attacked you.

    It's not unusual for a dog to attack other animals. My dog goes after bears, turkeys, bobcats, turkeys, coyotes ... I love my four-legged, territorial wonder, but dogs aren't too bright.
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    Feb 24, 2010 11:38 AM GMT
    Atta Boy Rags icon_biggrin.gif

    He deserves an extra Snausage for that one
    But really get him looked over by a vet Raccoons here are almost always carriers of rabies and other blood born diseases
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    Feb 24, 2010 11:53 AM GMT
    Giver her a big kiss for me. She was protecting her best friend.
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    Feb 24, 2010 12:40 PM GMT
    reppaT saidThis is a sad story. The coon would've been saved had you not left cat food outside. Who does that?

    The raccoon was cornered, which explains why it was growling. Assuming it didn't have rabies, I can assure you that it wouldn't have attacked you.

    It's not unusual for a dog to attack other animals. My dog goes after bears, turkeys, bobcats, turkeys, coyotes ... I love my four-legged, territorial wonder, but dogs aren't too bright.


    Agreed, it's cold and snowing so less food out there. The injured coon will probablyu not survive this winter.

    When wild life encounters ppl it's usually the animal that comes worse off.
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    Feb 24, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    Take your dog to vet, most raccoons I've encountered run off. If this one was standing it ground it could have had rabbies. To be on safe side I'd take rags to vet.