Our 100# dog Cleo has been barking unusually often the past two days. I've been hushing her, but this afternoon, cold and sleeting as it was, i gave up and opened the door for her. She zoomed out and I had just enough time to see her chase a large grey/brown varmint behind the house. By the time I grabbed my coat and followed, she had treed a large raccoon! DH got the firearm and dispensed with the varmint. It was no less than 20 feet from our front door and the open chicken coop when Cleo chased it! In Broad Daylight.... albeit steady rain/sleet. Chickens had ranged in the trees there yesterday but today had stuck much closer to their coop. Now we all know mice come in pairs. Do raccoons? ps... Cleo, we love you!