Friday, May 29, 2009

Oregonian cougar run off by Chihuahua

from the May 27, 2009 Corvallis Gazette Times:

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Rosie the border terrier and Chiquita the Chihuahua.

Gazette-Times reporter

Mountain lion seen in yard, rebuffed in Philomath
PHILOMATH — A local cougar picked the wrong backyard to prowl at Neabeack Hill on Monday night. Two small dogs — Rosie the border terrier and Chiquita the Chihuahua — charged the mountain lion after it jumped over a low-level fence, confronting the big cat, had a brief standoff and ultimately chased it away.
Pet owner Loren Wingert said her dogs are “invincible.”
“My dogs see something in the yard, they go after it,” she added. “Actually, they were pretty lucky. One little bite there and they probably would have been seriously injured, but they didn’t have a scratch on them.”
During the backyard melee, the cougar pinned down Rosie, who squealed, but Chiquita convinced the big cat to flee by barking ferociously.
“I think we’re more traumatized than they are. They’re fine,” Wingert said.

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