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Jim Duthie's dog starts buffalo stampede

Jim Duthie's dog starts buffalo stampede

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on June 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 5:43 PM

The KTVB staff keeps sending in vacation reports and this one is really funny!

Take a look, listen and then read about the vacation adventures of our meteorologist Jim Duthie and his dog, Ellie.

Jim Duthie:
"A couple of weeks ago in early June, my wife Tammy and I took an extended weekend to visit Yellowstone National Park. It had been nearly 20 years since we were there last.  We usually don't travel with our little miniature Schnauzer, Ellie, but our usual dog sitters were unavailable, so we took her along. 

As we entered West Yellowstone on a beautiful Friday evening, traffic came to a slow crawl because of two buffalo (technically, American Bison) that were walking down the center line of the highway at a very slow and leisurely pace.
It was exciting to see these majestic animals, the symbol of the American West and Yellowstone Park. 

Naturally, my wife began shooting video of the animals as they made their way to the side of the road and walked along beside our car. It didn't take long, however, for Ellie, our dog, to notice the big animals, and being the protective defender of her family, she began a barking frenzy that spooked the buffalo, and they began to run.  And they didn't stop, and neither did Ellie's barking!  We drove alongside the galloping animals for about a mile, with the dog's barking echoing through the car.
We saw a lot of wildlife on that weekend trip: colorful songbirds and impressive birds of prey, stately bison, graceful antelope, majestic elk, and even a couple of shaggy bears. 

But nothing matched the excitement of chasing the wild American bison with the help of our faithful and devoted "hunting" dog, Ellie. 

We can now say that we witnessed a rare phenomenon of the iconic Wild West, a real buffalo stampede -- even if there were only two of them!"