San Clemente, Ca. (AP) - Deuce the dog was out with his owner, Murphy the Mayor, doing his usual thing, which is retrieving stray golf shots for members of the Shorecliffs Golf Club, when a squirrel darted out in front of him and scrambled up a nearby tree. Attempting to follow the creature up the tree, Deuce soon found himself in a predicament (see photo).
"He almost never chases squirrel's," said his owner. I don't know what got into him. I should have had a better grip on his leash. I couldn't believe my eyes. Then when I tried to get him free, I discovered he was stuck."
The Orange County Fire Department responded after being summoned to the scene. Using a Jaws of Life device, they were able to extradite Deuce in about 15 minutes, seemingly none the worse for wear.
Dr. Ralph gave Deuce a quick exam and declared the animal fine. "After I stopped laughing, I examined Deuce for injuries and discovered nothing of concern. He'll be back shagging golf balls in no time."