A raccoon decided to stroll around the deck last night around midnight to snack on some squirrel food. The dogs thought that this was both the greatest thing ever and the a significant and serious threat to the well being of the household.
I was up in bed and heard Kim in the backyard doing a lot of yelling at the dogs. I went down to see what was up and she had Simba and Nona by their collars on the deck and the raccon was up on the rail. By the time I went upstairs to unlock the upstairs slider to get the dogs in, and then went back downstairs to lock the downstairs slider to keep the dogs in, I heard Kim yelling at Molly. At first I thought she was trying to get her in but eventually Molly ended up on the deck in good tussle with the raccoon.
Molly had latched on to the raccoon's hind end (one of it's legs) and the raccoon was underneath her. Kim was standing to one side trying to get Molly to let go and stay out of the middle of it. I ended up having to pick up a broom and whack Molly on the head a couple times to get her to let go. The raccoon finally took of at that point.
Somehow Molly lost a front toe-nail and has a small wound on her front leg. Apparently, before I got outside the first time, Simba and Nona had the raccoon cornered in this blue tube that the kids would crawl through. Simba and Nona don't seem to have any wounds. They aren't licking themselves or each other so Molly's the only one injured.
We believe Molly's rabies shots to be up to date (we've only had her for just shy of 3 years and the shots are every 3 years) but we're going to call the Vet on Monday to be sure. So far Molly seems ok except for the missing front toe-nail.