Chipmunk as Shot by Will (with a camera)
We have very, very few chipmunks and no squirrels on our farm – as far as I can tell. Chipmunks are cute… and also make delightful dog snacks. There are squirrels about a mile down the valley but they are outside our dog’s range. There might be two or three chipmunks within the area the dogs patrol.
The dogs work in teams on small prey, one waiting at the back door and the other flushing. In the field we’ll often see dogs skyhopping, coming down on mice and voles and then tossing them up in the air to swallow. The game of catch is far older than rubber balls.
Even some birds are foolish enough to tempt the dogs. I once saw a sparrow darting around Hagrid. He finally lifted his head off the ground and inhaled. One snap of those long jaws and the silly bird was no more.
Then there are the crows. Kita never liked them. Perhaps because she suspected them of doing dastardly deeds on the piglets she guarded. She was right, of course. For years she would track the big black birds from the earth making sure they didn’t land. Then she developed a new technique. Kita bait them down to the ground where she would nab them. Trapping like this with bait is a behavior I’ve never seen in any other dog.
Bite sized morsels like this fellow make up a goodly part of a canines’s diet. In addition to learning to herd pigs and chickens the puppies are learning how to hunt small prey. They’ve caught up with Katya.
This particular chipmunk has been taunting from the safety of the tree. If he stays up there he may live to see another day.
Outdoors: 65°F/43°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/69°F
Daily Spark: Muzzletov to you and your dog.