Monday, July 13, 2009

Nature in tooth and claw

This is the phrase my dear husband uses when viewing things like lions eating a zebra.  Yesterday I felt like I was cleaning up after the Wild Kingdom.  (Don't worry - no picture included today.  Trust me, this is best.)

Yesterday was the first nice weekend day we've had in a while.  I spent most of the day working in the yard, as it's rained a lot lately and the grass was going to seed.  As most of you dog owners know, mowing a yard with dogs is not as straightforward as just pulling out the mower.  First, comes "poo-trol."  Next, in our yard w/ 3 mature trees, it's stick-trol.  

Yesterday I got to add "dead-critter-trol" on to the end of my  pre-mowing tasks.  I found a dead, 1/2 eaten mouse (or chipmunk, or vole - due to the part eaten I couldn't really tell.)  I also caught one of my corgis eating an adult robin.  And we live in the city limits.  Our lot is 1/3 of an acre, but still - in the city limits.  They're really on a roll.  

I know this is the work of Maggie and her vermin-killing apprentice, Ziggy.  Denzil does not have the killer instinct.  I've actually seen a rabbit bump into Denzil and he didn't know what to do.    

So my question -- are any of your dogs sidelining as exterminators? Or are my dogs just blood-thirsty freaks?

3 comments:

  1. I think Spencer is more vulture than exterminator. One night he came in - it was dark but I caught a glimpse of something in his mouth as he trotted by - I flipped on the light and it was a very very dead bird. So glad I found it then and not in the bed the next morning.

    Once a baby bird fell out of a tree and Scout killed it - probably by just playing with it. After I pitched it over the fence, she sat in the same place where it fell and spent hours looking up the tree, hopefully waiting for another.

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  2. my dogs would LOVE to kill and eat stuff. but they don't have the patience for the hunt.

    they do however try and eat already dead stuff...

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  3. Bandit proudly brought a dead squirrel into the house once. He is patient and waits and watches, hoping for a slip up, one misplaced squirrel paw on a wet tree branch... I have seen it happen and I have seen him spring into action. I am always rooting for the squirrel. If it were a crow on the other hand I might be rooting for the dog.

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