Yup, I stole that one too…
This is a funny story about a puppy and 3 bears in NJ
Feisty puppy scares off 3 bears in NJ back yard
Mon Aug 25, 2:47 PM ET
If only Goldilocks had a cockapoo.
A 15-pound cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Pawlee scared off a mother bear and her two cubs Sunday morning after they strayed into his owners’ back yard.
Whether his bark was worse than his bite, Pawlee’s tactic worked just fine. These three bears got the hint and took off.
“We had just let him out for the morning and he ran into the yard and started barking his head off,” owner Fran Osiason said.
Osiason said her 9-year-old son, Jacob, went outside to see what the commotion was about and came running back in to report there were bears in the yard.
She was worried that the mother would come after Pawlee to protect her cubs, but the pugnacious pup, just 8 months old, had other plans.
His barking drove the two cubs up a tree, and they eventually climbed down and hopped over a fence with their mother and retreated into the woods.
Osiason said she, her son, husband Andrew and daughter Eden, 6, have had Pawlee since he was about 8 weeks old. She marveled at his fearlessness.
“He’s a little fur ball,” she said.
Northern New Jersey seems to breed feisty pets: In 2006, a tabby cat named Jack chased a bear up a tree in his West Milford yard.
Bears are not uncommon in Wyckoff, but Osiason said her family has lived there for about 10 years and had not seen any until Sunday.
With Pawlee on guard, they might not see another one anytime soon.
Even before that 2006 reference of a cat that chased a bear up a tree, I was imagining the picture my father cut out and gave to me that I found while moving and kept it. Now, that picture is at the house in some pile in the “mini” office, but I did find this one:
and an article about it from nationalgeographic.com:
June 13, 2006â€”Perhaps not since the Cowardly Lion has an animal’s appearance been so at odds with its attitude.
On June 4 a black bear wandered into a West Milford, New Jersey, back yard, was confronted by a 15-pound (7-kilogram) tabby cat â€¦ and fled up a neighbor’s tree. Hissing at the base of the tree, Jack the clawless cat kept the bear at bay for about 15 minutes, then ran him up another tree after an attempted escape.
Finally, Jack’s owner, Donna Dickey, called the cat inside, and the timorous trespasser disappeared back into the woods.
“He doesn’t want anybody in his yard,” Dickey said of Jack in an interview with the Newark Star Ledger.
Unlike cats, bears aren’t typically territorial, roaming instead over vast areas that would be impossible to patrol for intruders. With a habitat that includes much of North America, black bears are seen fairly often in this region of New Jersey.
Full-grown black bears weigh between 200 and 600 pounds (90 and 270 kilograms) and measure as much as 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. Their diets can include fruits, honey, insects, acorns and animals as big as moose calvesâ€”a fact apparently lost on Jack.
Now…if only we could get Peanut to chase a bear up a tree…