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Old 12-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Confused After I Thought About It, I Guess I'm Really Weird

A few days ago before it turned so cold, Khaleesi and I were in the back yard. I still keep her on a long leash because I'm not convinced the fence is puppy proof.

A cat jumped over the fence with a robin in its jaws and it was squealing. Of course Leesi was fascinated. It went on through the yard and we could still hear the bird. Then, the first cat came back in the yard with another cat following it. And the bird was STILL squealing in the cat's teeth (and had Leesi's TOTAL attention). I was holding her and I brought her straight inside.

It grossed me out and I didn't want her to think that it was okay to capture small animals. But, then I thought about the fact that Yorkie's were bred as ratters, and I'm sure I overreacted.

So, am I just weird that it bothered me and I didn't want her to see it?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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It's perfectly normal for your dog to be interested in that squealing bird as she is a canine with their values and not ours. The cat and the bird were likely potential prey to her and her canine instincts, however squelched those instincts might be from her current lifestyle. It is also perfectly normal for something that awful as a dying bird squealing from fear and perhaps pain to cause you to recoil in horror and not even want you dog to see it! How awful to see a little critter caught like that! I'd still be hearing those little squeaks if I'd seen that and I'm so glad I didn't!!!! Poor little bird. I know nature is nature and all that - but yikes - that is awful just to hear about. I can't even watch those wild animal shows when they show animals being stalked and attacked for food by other animals - I'm a total wuss. But I do know that my dog has way different values than mine! And it's quite normal for him to show an interest in any prey, as gross as it may be to me.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thank you. I felt kind of silly after I came in, but I would hate to see HER with a little animal in her mouth squealing. And I just didn't want her exposed to it! (And to be honest, I didn't want to see it, either.)

She wasn't the least bit squeamish. It was all very interesting to her! Eek!

It's just easy to forget my baby is a dog. LOL!
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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What would gross me out is cats in my fence and eating a bird in my fenced in yard. Sorry not a cat person. All dogs normally have some fascination with other animals and catching them. Mine had a thing for frogs for a long time and would pounce when they would jump and played a little rough with them and would well kill them and bring them inside for us (ewwww) now she leaves them alone and will actually step over them and go on her way.
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No comment from the Yorkie mom who received a rat head present in bed one morning... PUKE!!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:44 AM   #6
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I hate seeing any animal in pain, but I too understand that a terrier will be a terrier. Jackson often chases bunny rabbits in our back yard and tries to hunt them down. He has yet to catch one. But he did catch and kill a bird. I was sad... but then somewhat proud that he actually caught (it was on our porch), but I was definitely freaking out... I don't LIKE that he wants to kill other small animals, but I know it's just nature, and his instinct. And in some way it's cute that it's still there, to me.
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Huey caught a baby bird that fell onto our deck & proudly carried the pitiful, chirping creature into the house where he proceded to do the "kill the prey" head shake. My knees went weak!!! I got it away from him and put it back in the yard. It was still alive but it disappeared a short while later. I'm sure one of the neighbor's cats had to have gotten it. It was terrible!!!
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Paris would launch out the back door to get the squirrels. He never caught one,but he sure enjoyed trying!
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Completely normal to think that way as we have compassion for just about anything that's being hurt or in pain.
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No comment from the Yorkie mom who received a rat head present in bed one morning... PUKE!!!
Teehee...I had a lab mutt that would bring home stuff from the woods, including an animal skull and a deer foreleg, not to mention the rotting catfish he brought us from the river...
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Well I have cats. . . . Need I say more . . .
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IF Khaleesi could have caught that bird, it would have been HER mouth it was screeching from!!! LOL

My Fletcher killed a chipmunk. I think he gave it a heart attack more than likely, but nontheless it was dead and he was proud as a peacock! Normally there is no way he'd actually catch a chipmunk, but this one was lame, and one of the kids caught it first, they just showed it to Fletch who lunged and got it from them and ran around the outside of the car in circles, prancing and dancing and when we got it away from him it was dead.
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Bailey was out in the front yard with Natalie this summer. All of a sudden his head went low in to the grass and he pulls up a mole! Natalie screamed, Bailey dropped the mole who got a way, and now my yard looks like a plows been though it. Thanks dear!
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Bailey was out in the front yard with Natalie this summer. All of a sudden his head went low in to the grass and he pulls up a mole! Natalie screamed, Bailey dropped the mole who got a way, and now my yard looks like a plows been though it. Thanks dear!
OH Fletcher got a mole too!!!! Little bugger! I don't think he expected it to squirm though, so he dropped it really quickly back into the hole! LOL He dug forever for it too...
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OH Fletcher got a mole too!!!! Little bugger! I don't think he expected it to squirm though, so he dropped it really quickly back into the hole! LOL He dug forever for it too...
I always had Chows in the past, well one day I went in my backyard and there was an odd line of what looked like stuffed animals all neatly lined up side by side and I knew that the only stuffed animal Crissy had was this large stuffed child's Easter bunny she took everywhere.... Come to find out we had moles in our yard and never even knew it till she murdered 11 that day and lined up her trophies at the back door!!

My dad on the other hand had a black chow named Indigo that was the neighbor cat killer so almost monthly he would have to send out I am sorry for loss and what can I do for your family notes.
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