Doxies 3 – Squirrels 0

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by Nancy on September 30, 2010

Last week was particularly busy for my family. My twins turned 20. We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. Hubby, Alan, in an effort to increase the “fun factor” in his life decided we should stop in at the Humane Society. Who in their right mind does that and comes out not smitten with a winsome doggie who looks at you in just the right way?

Fortunately, someone was in their right mind (me,) and let two days pass so that the darling doxie (who looked at me in that special way) was gone by the time I went to check last Wednesday afternoon. I returned home, a little sad the dog was gone, but looking forward to greeting my own two dachshunds, Slink and Friedl. Except only Slink greeted me at the door and that was highly unusual. I called and called – dead silence. I yelled upstairs to my daughter, “Is Friedl up there?” Next thing I knew I heard screaming and as I was running for the stairs Megan called, “Does Friedl have a toy that looks like a real squirrel?”

“(Insert very bad word!)” I thought, flying up the stairs. And yes, there lying in the center of our bed was Friedl guarding an obviously dead squirrel. Friedl clearly didn’t know what to do. His tail was thumping like crazy, but he was shaking like a leaf. The expression on his face can be summed up as “What did I do? Is this good? Is this bad? OMG,  this is so exciting!”

My mind instantly went into triage mode. Examine area around squirrel. No blood. Good. Dog wasn’t chewing up squirrel on bed. Can I get dog off bed? Yes. How do I get squirrel out? Here I pondered several unpleasant options but settled on getting a shovel, carrying the squirrel out behind my fence and burying him. Then back to bedroom where I stripped the bed and spent the next three hours laundering comforter, duvet cover and all the sheets.

The next day I hear dog barking ruckus in the backyard. Looking for the cause, I discovered two more small squirrels in the trunk of a tree staring down at my doxies.  I think they were the young of a mother squirrel that delighted all summer in teasing my dogs by racing up and down the 5′ wooden fence. Clearly the mother passed on this trait to her children. I was concerned because these squirrels had no fear.  I only let the dogs out that day while I was there to supervise thinking that would keep them safe. False.

At 4pm I was in the yard with the dogs talking on the phone. I notice the two squirrels up on the fence and sure enough they start running along it enticing the dogs to race madly along the ground along the fence line. And what do you think happens? Squirrel #2 loses his balance and falls into my yard.What self- respecting squirrel loses his balance? I will not go into details but suffice to say doxies won round 2 and now there were 2 small burial mounds behind my fence.

Forward to afternoon of Day 3. I let the dogs out. Squirrel #3 is hanging out in the tree, inching his way down the trunk. He is only 2 feet off the ground. Does he have a death wish? I threw rocks at him again which frightened him away. Later I had to run an errand. I let the dogs out the door and went to get my purse. In 60 seconds all goes deathly quiet in the backyard. I walked to the door and sure enough, there is Friedl in the center of the yard, proudly guarding Squirrel #3. When Friedl sees me he promptly scoops squirrel up in his mouth and comes racing for the door. Thankfully my pitifully slow reaction time responds to this crisis by slamming the door in his face.

There are now three little burial mounds side-by-side. Currently there are no more squirrels in my backyard. The dogs are bummed.

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admin September 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! Boo and Keela are totally jealous of your doxie’s awesome skills! I’m ready to join the NRA and start taking target practice with the squirrels from hell in our backyard. And I’ve never held a gun in my life – that’s how much they annoy me!

Lori October 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I had a similar experience years ago with my golden retriever and POSSUMS! We had a running tally on our refrigerator and the possums weren’t winning. Luckily none ever made it into the house…or my bed!
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Nancy Nancy October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Oh my, I just looked up a picture of possoms, we we don’t have them here. Think that’s freakier than squirrels.

I had no idea dogs were like cats in that they wanted to bring their catch into the house for all to enjoy.

Joan October 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Keela got a rabbit! I’m so excited! Except the part about picking up the parts… (I hate it when I get competitive…)

Nancy Nancy October 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

So much doggie carnage these days.

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