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#339981 - 04/12/16 10:55 PM Rip Rabbits
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Well, it's not really "around the house" ..Maybe I should have put it under "raw feeding". It wasn't really "remembering our beloved pets" either. However we choose to catagorize it the once very cute baby bunnies didn't fare so well this evening. BTE2 found the nest and she released her catch when requested. BTY2, who overall has a much better out and leave it, did not. The first baby bunny was in the best shape but not very good, the second, I won't go into the gruesome details but it was pretty sad and the third the same.

They were furred out and incredibly cute little things. My dogs don't appreciate "cute". BTY2 appreciated an early dinner. I tried to rescue the first one but I'm sure it had died by the time I left it and I think BTY2 went back for desert. I really wish they didn't have such a nose for rabbits. I guess these aren't exactly an endangered species but it is still sad. The rabbits could nest in the horse turnout but I'd guess Ma Rabbit threw her lot in against the dogs rather than with the coyotes. The snow this winter told me that the coyotes stuck to the horse turnout. In Arkansas, one mother rabbit decoyed the dogs away from the nest for a week or two. I rescued a lot of baby rabbits there but they were all older than these guys.

With the first set of Barker Sisters, the older dog would try to herd the mice, the younger would pick them up in her mouth and carry them around - neither would eat them.... They did have adventures with rabbits but not baby rabbits.

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#339985 - 04/13/16 12:58 PM Re: Rip Rabbits [Re: middleofnowhere]
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That sounds kind of gruesome, but perfectly normal and natural for dogs.

Once upon a time, I woke to find my cat playing with a mouse. I thought of catching the mouse and putting it outside, but then, I thought, I brought this majestic, half-domestic predator into my home, and gave it no opportunity to use the instincts God provided his breed.

I turned over and went back to sleep.

I miss that cat.

I could use one like him.

I never saw or heard from Mr. Mouse again.

And, I didn't lose sleep over his probably gory demise.
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#340497 - 05/19/16 12:29 AM Re: Rip Rabbits [Re: Selzer]
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As long as someone (our neighbors for example) is not upset if my dog or some other "wild' creature attacks his cat when they are outside and out of their yard, then so be it. After all their cat (or a small dog running free as well) then is part of "The wild' subject to the "Law of the Jungle' so to speak. See that a lot some places nowadays with the rise in Coyotes in a lot of locations.

But leave us not have a double standard where someones "Pet" is ok to run free and attack/kill smaller creatures than themselves but it is "Terrible" if the same thing happens to their pet!

My wifes aunt in NJ was like that years ago - she let all of her 4/5 cats run around the neighborhood ("it was in their nature and they had to go outdoors") and thought it was really cool to see them kill birds or mice or the like!

Boy, did she get upset one day when we had our GSD (9 yo elderly female!) visiting and she chased her cat up into a tree. Heh! Heh!

This was the same big tomcat that she always claimed would "chase any dog even big ones" away from their yard when she was outside! Not quite as it turned out!

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#340589 - 05/29/16 06:24 PM Re: Rip Rabbits [Re: Codmaster]
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Sean wouldn't think of touching our cat Neely, she was his best bud. However, if Sean was out on a walk any cat that crossed his path was fair game. He caught a squirrel twice but let it go and chased after rabbits in "his" yard.
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