I just had Brutus, our 13 pound Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix, out for a final potty trip for the night before I turn in and get some sleep. Took him across the driveway to the guard rail...he likes marking the posts. Well, there we were at the third post from the left end of the guard rail and Brutus was giving the post a sniffing to see if it needed remarked. I heard a faint scuffling sound in the Tulip Poplar tree right behind the guard rail. I look up...and I am nearly face to face with a Raccoon. It is on the back side of the tree, leaning around and looking right at me. Our noses were maybe 2 feet apart. This Raccoon is a nuisance....I don't actually see it all that often, but I do know when it has been about....it climbs up in another Tulip Poplar that I have a bird feeder in and empties it out. I put a couple scoops of bird food in it, the birds eat a bit during the day, then at night this Raccoon comes along and dumps it all out. Brutus, being preoccupied with emptying his bladder, had no clue that he was 6 feet or so away from the Raccoon....he is definitely NOT a coon dog, though he does act like he might be a very good Ground Squirrel dog. Several times a week he will go after the two Ground Squirrels that live in our flower garden....and they are doing a darn good job of turning the flower garden into a scale model of the New York subway system....they have pretty much tunneled every square foot of the garden.