But it was true.
Guinness, a 40-pound Wheaten Terrier, had chased a raccoon into the branches of an oak tree and then froze when he realized where he was. His owner climbed into the tree but couldn’t reach him.
Firefighters improvised a harness, a rope system and a 36-foot ladder to reach him. Firefighter Tony Eggimann climbed the ladder, put Guinness in the harness and gave him a treat, before handing him down to his grateful owner.
Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said that in his 32 years he has rescued a lot of cats and pet birds but never a dog. He has had decades of experience working with highly trained search-and-rescue dogs, but has never seen a dog scale a tree like Guinness did.
Raccoon invaders can be quite motivating for little house dogs. Dogs in pursuit have no idea of where they are or where they are going.
The owners have now put a fence around the tree.