Haiku by Dog: Escape

Haiku by Dog: thought it ran this way / mouse escapes through leafy maze / missed by a nose

Today’s haiku is by Jasper.

Our backyard guest list:

  • Squirrels
  • Birds
  • Chipmunks
  • Voles
  • Mice
  • Groundhogs
  • Flying squirrels

The fences keep out the party crashers for the most part: deer, skunk, foxes. Though some of them do make it in.

The problem is the invited (and uninvited) guests do not realize what’s on my dogs’ agenda. Or the menu. If they did, perhaps they’d be a bit more cautious.

Most get away, like the smart critter above.

Do your pets hunt? How do you feel about it?

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  1. Daisy says:

    Our last dog (a shepherd-collie-husky rescue) used to sneak up on birds and squirrels, then break into a full run at them. One time she did this with a bird that was injured and couldn’t fly, so it didn’t take off like she expected it to. When the bird stayed put and she reached it, she tried to stop short and ended up doing a flip right over the bird! She never touched it, she actually went a bit airborne. She got up all confused and slowly walked back to the bird, sniffed it, gave it a look like “You’re crazy!” and left it alone. That just proved to us that she was a total sweetheart, both at home with us and with other critters too. :)

    • Aw, that’s a lovely story. Unfortunately Jasper and Tucker have very strong hunting instincts. Lilah would be more likely to care for a critter. Your story reminds me of the time a previous dog of mine found a cat in our yard. She always chased cats, but this one didn’t run. She skidded to a halt, kind of like your dog, then looked back at me as if to say, “Hey, what gives? The cat isn’t following the script! It’s supposed to run!” Long story short, we rescued the cat. She had been on her own for a long time according the vet; it had worms and was very thin. He thought she had been injured at some point. My husband at the time was allergic to cats, so we couldn’t keep her. But my mom and dad adopted her and she lived a long and happy life. A great ending!

  2. easy rider says:

    how bad that the mouse escaped…. that happened to me too…. the mama always screams when I hunt… that’s crazy, she should be happy that I bring some food for bbq….

  3. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    leeve thiz two de proz
    catz R better mice catchurrz
    yez thiz iz a fact ! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  4. Oh yes, we hunt, and we eat our preys (mostly Zorro) : birds, voles, and mice. Purrs

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    Sorry you missed this one, Jasper. We are overrun by critters here. A fence makes no difference to the groundhogs, raccoons, possums, skunks, and squirrels. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Emma says:

    We know wabbits are not the smartest. I’ve killed so many yet they keep coming back into our yard!

  7. We don’t get to go outside, but Mommy thinks the birds wouldn’t have a chance with us.

  8. Robin says:

    That was so close, Jasper! I give you points for it. :) Since we live on the second floor, my kitties don’t do much hunting. I have seen the way they watch the geese on the lake below the balcony, though! They would try if it didn’t require such a dangerous jump.

  9. We like to hunt the bugs that make their way inside.

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