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Man Taking Down Christmas Lights Doesn't Notice Dog Following Him Onto Roof

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Everyone likes to think that their pups are the most loyal, but Vince Matteson of Portland, Oregon, has the video to prove it.

Matteson has two golden retrievers, Ace and Bo. According to The Dodo, he describes Ace as a “wild, outgoing and no-fear pup,” a description the dog certainly lived up to one recent afternoon.

While Matteson was up on the roof of his house, taking down Christmas decorations, Ace was formulating a plan.

“I was taking down the lights on the opposite side of the roof with my headphones in,” Matteson said.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I see something, turn around and see Ace is on the roof! I was absolutely shocked.”

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“He’s up there, just, ‘Hi, dad! Hi, dad! Hi, dad!’ Super happy,” Matteson told KATU-TV. “I’m like, ‘Oh, well this isn’t good.'”

At first, Matteson concluded his housemate must have hoisted the golden to the roof as a prank — a logical conclusion. But security video told otherwise.

“Ace climbs up this whole ladder by himself and is now on top of the roof,” Matteson recalled. The video clearly showed Ace carefully climbing up the entirety of the ladder and then popping up onto the roof.

Going up is far easier than getting down, so Matteson called his housemate up and handed him the 80-pound dog to carefully go back down the ladder with.

He’s still unsure how Ace put together the clever trick and maintains that he’s never done something like this before.

“No, not ever,” he said. “So, I don’t know how Ace learned how to do it–maybe just watching me.”

“He was just curious what his Dad was doing up on the roof.”

“He is curious, making sure there were no squirrels there. He would do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Bo didn’t show the same adrenaline-junky thrill-seeking behavior, but to make sure there were no repeat shenanigans from either pupper, Matteson moved the ladder to the front yard before resuming his work.

He shared the footage from the security camera as well as what he managed to capture with his phone when Ace appeared on the roof, and the clips have gone viral.

No dogs or people were hurt in the filming of the stunt, and as Matteson posted to reassure viewers, “For all who were asking, Ace was safely removed from the Woof.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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