It was a little like Alice in Wonderland chasing a White Rabbit down a stump hole. But in this case, it was an 11 year old light brown and white Jack Russell Terrier named Poppy. Poppy chased several raccoons down an open storm drain pipe at Government and So. Elizabeth. Soon they were all deep under the intersection with a very loud standoff going on right under a storm drain grate. Barking fiercely, Poppy attracted the attention of neighbors walking by and they summoned Poppy’s owner.
Poppy and the raccoons kept hissing and barking at each other with several neighbors, and by now Poppy’s owner, watching helplessly from above. Police were called, who in turn called the Newport Fire Department. Soon firemen were on scene with a grate removal tool. Once off, a fireman reached down into the man hole. But Poppy was rather skittish and, for a time, eluded the fireman’s grasp. But eventually the fireman won Poppy’s momentary trust. In an instant the fireman had Poppy by the scruff of his neck and brought him up onto the street. Poppy took off like a shot.
But his master’s voice attracted him back and soon both were reunited. She thanked the firemen and apologized for the late night call. And with that, the firemen got back into their fire truck and departed and Poppy and “mom” were last seen walking home – with Poppy getting a little “talking to,” being informed that his little escape route is hereby closed.