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Missing Dog Found 2 Days Later, Up a Tree
Owner thinks he probably chased a squirrel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2013 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 7-year-old border collie who was missing from his Iowa home for a few days didn't get very far—he only went up. Laddy the dog was found yesterday morning stuck up a tree two blocks from his Davenport home, the Quad-City Times reports. His owner says she believes Laddy escaped Friday from his invisible fencing system courtesy of a dead battery in his collar. She says his love for squirrels and chasing things probably led him up the tree. Despite a few abrasions on the pads of his feet, he's otherwise fine.

The owner of the home where the dog was found had heard barking, but yesterday, "I heard a whining, and I knew something wasn't right. This time, it sounded in distress," he said. He spotted the dog at least 10 feet up and called police; not surprisingly, the dispatcher was skeptical. The homeowner climbed the tree himself to pull Laddy to safety; he says he thinks the dog ran up the oak tree's gradually sloping trunk but then became too scared to run back down. A responding police officer had seen fliers about Laddy and knew where the dog lived. He was reunited with his owner a short time later. "He was pretty subdued when he got home," she says. "He's been doing a ton of sleeping."

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Aug 14, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
I wish I could have seen his expression when he turned around and saw where he was. I'm glad he got down safely. He probably won't be climbing any trees any time soon.
Aug 14, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
He obviously had an energy drink. Red Bull gives you wings... :D
Aug 13, 2013 9:44 PM CDT
Probably got chased up there by a cat.