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A Border Collie Gets Stuck Up a Tree

Border Collie
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Roberta Baker

This morning on Leftover News, Al read a story about a seven-year-old Border Collie that got stuck up a tree. I have a Border Collie too, and I was interested to find out more about Laddy, the dog who treed himself.

Can you really blame any dog for chasing anything that moves? Well, when it comes to Border Collies, I’d imagine it’d be harder than expected. I have one of my own, and I can’t even take her on walks without her wanting to herd the cars passing us on the street.

Escaping the yard was definitely on Laddy’s mind on Friday, and he couldn’t have had a better opening. According to, the invisible fence which surround Laddy’s house wasn’t working, which in turn made for the perfect escape.

“I was beside myself,” Cynthia Weeks said of discovering her family was missing a member. “We went around calling for him, and I drove around. I put it on my Facebook pages, and we put fliers out around the neighborhood.”

No more than a few days later, neighbor Ron Stevenson had heard constant barking and whining in the area. Stevenson decided to follow the noise, looked up, and saw a dog at least 10 feet up an oak tree near his home.

He immediately called 911. After talking to a befuddled dispatcher, Stevenson couldn’t resist the urge to try to get the dog down himself.

“They [police officers] 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.’

At around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Laddy’s family got a call from the police.

“He said he was with the police department, and I started yelling, and said, ‘Do you have him?'” Weeks said. “I asked where they found him, and the officer said, ‘You’ll never believe this.’

No one knows why Laddy ended up in the tree, but it’s believed that he was chasing something, most likely a squirrel — Laddy’s favorite.

Other than a few cuts and scrapes on the pads of Laddy’s feet, the Weeks family says he’s just an exhausted pup whose game of cat and mouse backfired.

Luck was on Laddy’s side over the weekend, to say the least, and the family is extremely grateful to have him home.

To see a photo of Laddy up the tree, click here.

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