James Lileks: Ever seen your dog mix it up with a raccoon? I did, and it isn't pretty

There are famous grudges in history: Rome vs. Carthage, Tesla vs. Edison, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. You can explain them with history, politics, human nature. Nothing explains the vicious quarrel between dogs and raccoons.Nothing we know, that is.Dogs will chase squirrels and voles and rabbits, but it’s just business as usual. Nothing personal.But raccoons seem to bring out some primal hatred in dogs that turns them into spittle-flecked maniacs, and makes you realize that beneath your pet’s lovable-goofus personality is bloodlust born of an ancient feud.A few nights ago, our dog Birch bolted fr…

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