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The calm before the storm

Posted by laurie on June 15, 2010

Last night, as we were commenting on how Mr. Destructo-boy was spending more time inside, we heard his hunting shriek and went out to investigate. He was in dense bushes, pretty much impenetrable by us, and was trying to climb. It looked cute until he came out with a newborn bird in his mouth. He brought the bird to a spot on the lawn, dropped it, then sat down next to it. Suffice it to say that Phillip had to euthanize it. Very sad. Then Phillip left for an evening meeting and not five minutes later the whole thing was repeated, except it was me who was responsible for the bird. I didn’t feel good the rest of the night. Sigh.

18 Responses to “The calm before the storm”

  1. Susan in DE said

    I feel for you Laurie. I found a half-dead mouse in my house, it had obviously been “played with” by a beagle. I didn’t have the guts to finish it off, I carefully took it outside and put it under a bush in the woods. For a new nickname rather than “Mr. Destructo-boy,” which is a bit cumbersome, I vote for “The Death Star”. Much more appropriate name for the stealthy hunter.

  2. Karen S. said

    I understand; it can be heartbreaking when our dogs kill a bird or animal, especially when it’s just a baby.

  3. Melissa said

    My boys got into a nest of newborn rabbits once. The mom was just sitting on the other side of the fence watching while my dogs tore into them. The squealing caught my attention. I was sick the rest of the day. Then Cooper got a bird in my living room that must have come in through the furnace vent. By the time he got the squirrel in the neighbors yard, I was just glad I could sneak away without having to clean it up. Sorry, neighbor!

  4. Ellen said

    Shorty is a hunter. He’s caught three rabbits, a bird and a cat. I wish he wouldn’t, but that’s what he’s bred to do.

  5. Tam said

    Abbey is quite fond of bringing in her newborn treasures. So far, we don’t think she’s killed anything. We are pretty sure the critters have ceased to be well before she brings them in for “show and tell.”

  6. Bobbie (Casey & Dexter's mom) said

    I know how you feel Laurie, I’ve had to deal with trying to take half dead bunnies out of Casey’s mouth when my husband was at work. He just got into another nest of bunnies last week, I know it is in his nature but it still breaks my heart when he kills something.

  7. Sam and Sweetum's Mom said

    I grew up with a collie who always would gently carry all the baby bunnies from the nest up to us. Unfortunately, they all would die.

  8. Lois said

    Is that guilt written all over his face?

    • Susan in DE said

      Do beagles actually feel guilt? I know they can look guilty, but I think the face is just a clever defense mechanism. You know — so instead of killing them, you say, “Awwwww, you’re so cuuute!! It’s okay, I’m not really mad at you for chewing through the rung on my antique rocking chair. Who’s momma’s baby girl dog?”

    • Marie said

      LOL!!! No I think that is the look of what could have been if daddy had not found out what I did!!

  9. Karen S. said

    One nice thing about my bird dog Blue is that for all his hunting fanaticism he usually won’t kill anything– just paw cautiously at it. One time he found a bird caught in some netting and I was able to free it.

  10. Donna said

    I guess I’m fortunate that the only moving animal in our yard is the lizards and they are much too fast for Oscar.

  11. Barb Shaw said

    “Sparrow?” she said, hopefully.

  12. Scooby's Mom said

    Scooby caught a sparrow once, not a baby but an adult. I came outside to see him pouncing and playing with it and I screamed his name, which got his attention, and gave the bird enough time to fly away. The bird was lucky. It’s just in their nature to hunt…sometimes the bird wins, sometimes it doesn’t.

    • Marie said

      Seamus will usually spot something when I let him out around 5:30 in the morning. If I see him going after the bunny, the squirrel (although I do not feel too bad about those because they usually make it up the tree and stick their tongue out at Seamus) or the birds, I will just yell Seamus and he will stop and just look at it take off. I know it is in his breed/nature to go hunting….but honestly, it is in my nature to barf very easily and if he caught something that would do it.

    • Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

      Cobalt has caught a few birds. Which did come in handy when one got in the house- he chased it around and got it to go back out the door. But the memorable bird he caught was on the patio. I was trying to bring him in so I could go back to work after lunch, and I saw he had a bird. When I yelled for him to drop it, he ate the entire thing! One big gulp. It was a sparrow, but still, talk about feeling sick! I left word with Erich to make sure the bird didn’t come back to visit during the day, and Cobalt showed no ill effects.

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