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Old 04-13-2017, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We were on our way back from our walk this afternoon when the dogs saw rabbits in the hedge and shot off - not unusual, and perfectly safe, but Sophy actually caught one, and had an early supper. I was much too far away to rescue it, and it was actually quite interesting seeing how neatly she got on with the job of finding and eating the best bits before finally letting me have what was left. I'm glad I didn't bath her this morning as planned, though - she needs and will definitely get a thorough clean before we go to bed tonight!

She is now in her "I can hunt for myself and don't need to do anything you say!" mood, which will probably last right through the young rabbit season, especially if she manages it again. And she probably will - she has learned, like Molly, that it is more about stalking and waiting than chasing!
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Wow that's pretty impressive. All that practice finally paid off! I bet she was very pleased with herself. If that was Gunther or Gustav I imagine there'd be a moment of 'oh, urrr I caught it, this has never happened before, what do I do now?'!
Did she eat any of the fur or did she rip it off to get to the good bits? I bet the farmers would be grateful if they knew!
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Ripped it off, chucked away the unwanted innards, ate the liver, and moved on to skinning the rest of it. After a while I intervened...!
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Ripped it off, chucked away the unwanted innards, ate the liver, and moved on to skinning the rest of it. After a while I intervened...!
Like a little wolf, bless her!
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Wow! Impressive! But, I'm curious - what was Poppy doing while Sophy was enjoying her lunch?
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Wow! Molly would would be sooooo jealous! Molly isn't allowed to eat the gophers she catches, although I'm sure she would love to! I just don't want to risk the internal parasites they might carry.........as I saw worms in one of her first catches when she ripped it open, UGH!!!!


P.S. Gophers also can carry Hantavirus!!! Risky catches for sure!
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I am always impressed with your Sophy:smart, brave and fearless. Also curious what Poppy was doing during the kill and feasting.
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Poppy came running to tell me all about it, as Sophy had made it very clear that she was not going to share. Rabbits here are an intermediate host for canine tapeworms - I shall be extra vigilant about worming this year. I try to discourage catching and eating them, but as Tilly regularly shares hers, and Sophy caught this one several hundred yards away, sometimes it is a lost cause! It seemed more sensible to let her enjoy it for a few minutes then swap it for a biscuit when the first excitement had worn off, rather than to try and force the issue when she was so immensely pleased with herself and with her trophy. There were a few raised eyebrows in the carpark when people realised what this tiny, fluffy little thing had been up to, though!
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Wow. I know the cockapoos across the street have killed and eating rabbit that were stupid enough to get inside their fenced yard.

My dog wants to chase them but I have no idea if she knows what to do with them if she did catch one.
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Sophy's big breakthrough was realising that stalking very slowly and quietly from down wind while using her nose and then pouncing as the rabbit emerges from its burrow is much more effective than chasing madly after every rabbit she sees, all of which disappear into the ground at the first sign of trouble. Poppy can't resist the chase, and I wish Sophy felt the same way - a bit of stalking, a sprint, some happy snuffling down the holes, and everyone has had a physical and mental work out with no harm done! At least she shows no tendency to go down the holes after them - she doesn't like small, dark spaces.

It is silly really - I would have expected a terrier her size to catch rabbits but find myself surprised when a papillon does it. It somehow doesn't fit with her silky coat and propensity for posing on the most comfortable cushion in the house...
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