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Missing Iowa border collie found stuck in a tree

Neighbor 'heard a whining and ... knew something wasn't right.'

By Associated_Press Aug 13, 2013 7:42PM

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — 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 was found Sunday morning stuck up a tree two blocks from his Davenport home, the Quad-City Times reported.

Laddy, a border collie, who was found stuck in a tree two blocks from his Davenport, Iowa home on August 11 (Ron Stevenson/AP) "I asked where they found him, and the officer said, 'You'll never believe this,'" said his owner, Cynthia Weeks.

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Ron Stevenson was working in the yard of his home when he heard a dog. He had previously heard the dog barking, but he didn't want to complain. However, something was different this time.

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"I heard a whining, and I knew something wasn't right. This time, it sounded in distress," Stevenson said.

He followed the sound along his driveway and, counterintuitively, looked up. There was the dog, at least 10 feet up in the tree.

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"He was kind of shielded by leaves on the tree," Stevenson said of the dog, who he thinks maybe ran up the oak tree's gradually sloping trunk but then became too scared to run back down.

Stevenson told the newspaper that he called police and accepted one dispatcher's skepticism. "They got here pretty fast, but I was getting impatient," he said. "I didn't know if the dog would bite me, but I just sort of shimmied up the tree. I grabbed him by the collar and sort of pulled him. I said, 'It's time for you to get out of this tree.'"

A responding police officer had seen fliers about Laddy and knew where the dog lived. Laddy was reunited with Weeks a short time later.

Weeks said she believes Laddy escaped Friday from an invisible electronic fencing system because of a dead battery in his collar. She said 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 fine.

"He was pretty subdued when he got home," she said. "He's been doing a ton of sleeping."

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Photo: Laddy, a border collie, was found stuck in a tree two blocks from his Davenport, Iowa, home Aug. 11. (Ron Stevenson/AP)


Aug 20, 2013 8:15PM
I have seen coonhounds go up trees but never a Border Collie but a dog will do nearly anywhere when they are chasing something.  They are lucky he didn't get hit by a vehicle.  Keep that battery in his collar!  Glad he's okay.  :)
Aug 20, 2013 2:32PM
I am so glad the dog is okay.  Maybe next time he will think before he runs up a tree, but I doubt it.
Aug 16, 2013 8:32PM
Silly wabbit, tricks are for kids!  Cute little doggie, glad he is fine and happily home. 
Aug 15, 2013 2:19PM
Glad the dog is doing well after 2 days.
Aug 15, 2013 10:54AM
Huuuum.... Well that's news to me, I didn't know that a dog could climb a tree! I guess you learn something new everyday!?
Aug 15, 2013 10:12AM
Just open a can of Alpo and the dog would have figured out how to get down.  The need for food is a powerful motivator in the animal kingdom.
Aug 14, 2013 8:29PM
Maybe he was camouflaged in the "bark"?!!!
Aug 14, 2013 8:09PM
When I was a kid, we had a female border collie that was chasing one of the cats one day.  The cat went up a large poplar tree, which had branches down to ground level.  That dog went up that tree after the cat and was soon 15 feet off the ground.  Fortunately, the branches were thick enough that she eventually scrambled back down, but the cats always looked for trees without low branches after that.
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