On June 19 at about 9 p.m., a 40-pound Wheaten Terrier named “Guinness” pursued a raccoon high into the branches of an oak tree. Guinness got stuck, and his owner climbed the tree but couldn’t reach him. When firefighters arrived, the Wheaten Terrier was suspended in branches hanging over a drainage channel.
Firefighters used an improvised rescue harness, a rope system and a 36-foot ladder to reach Guinness, who was frozen in place, nervous and shaking. Firefighter Tony Eggimann climbed the ladder, secured Guinness in his harness and gave him a treat. The dog was safely carried down and reunited with his grateful owners. Guinness’ owners have since put a fence around the tree.