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Old 04-18-2017, 08:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not letting my poodles read this one. Sophy is indeed a mighty huntress! My Lab use to get rabbits and eat them sometimes. It was gross. I wasn't into raw feeding back then. lol. So, Sophy can get her own dinner and maybe you won't have to work so hard. lol. But yeah...worms would worry me. I guess if you worm them enough, that takes care of that though. Did she carry home a bone to work on?
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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No - once she was ready to let go the remains were bagged and binned - yet another use for a pocketful of poo bags!
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Well my big guys just run, chase and sometimes catch anything that comes onto our property. No stealth involved. However I always go back and forth between, free raw meal ??? and oh my gosh parasites ??? will Rex throw up the entire rabbit inside the house like he did once before?? I love the fact that a little, tiny Papillon can cause the same reaction on the other side of the world! Go Sophy
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Good job Sophie!

The ladies who own the local feed stores where I used to work had a lovely Papillon, Frankie. He was a master bunny hunter on their farm. None of their other farm /ranch dogs could hold a candle to Frankie and his bunny hunting/eating skills.

The ladies were astonished at his excellence, but also grateful as he helped keep their bunny population under control. The barn cats also had nothing on Frank in the mouse hunting department as well.

Sophie's skills do not surprise me at all.....carry on Sophie!
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Please don't jump on me for saying this, but... that poor rabbit. :-(

With that said, I understand about prey drive, and the normal instinct when a dog wants to go in for the kill. But I still feel sorry for the prey. Whenever I watch the National Geographic channel, about animals and how they have to survive in the wild, I totally understand that they have to kill in order to survive. It's instinct, but still, I'm always rooting for the prey, hoping that it will get away.

About 2 years ago, a pretty little bunny rabbit was coming around our house, and I was enjoying watching it whenever it came around. Then one morning, as I was leaving in the car, I noticed the black stray that we feed, hovering over something, and when I went to look, it was that pretty little bunny that I had been enjoying watching. I yelled at the cat to get away from it, but it was too late. It was already dead. I didn't actually see the cat kill the rabbit, but I'm pretty sure he did. For a moment, I felt like kicking some cat butt, but then I realized that he was just doing what comes naturally. Still though... I felt so bad for the bunny. :-( At least it had a decent burial. I put it in a box and buried it next to a Rose bush.

So.. I do understand. I really do, about prey drive, and the natural instinct to kill and eat. But I can't help it. I don't like it.
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Whenever possible I rescue them, Karen - the only time I feel at ease about letting the dogs hunt is when the rabbit is suffering from myxomatosis (which is endemic here), when the animals save them from a slow and painful death. But if I am not in time to intervene then I prefer that they kill quickly and cleanly, and for food rather than for sport. This is the first time Sophy has killed a healthy rabbit - last time she caught one she let me take it from her and return it to its burrow, so it is a pretty rare occurrence.
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