Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blind dogs can "hunt"

Since our living conditions are a bit rustic (we personally LOVE it) we have had two instances where a wild pigeon has come into our area.  See, we don't have walls that meet the ceiling. There is a gap of about twelve inches and there is a wooden gate that is approximately four and a half feet high.  Not many options for a pigeon to enter but two have come in.  The first one flew out again but the second one, well, it wasn't so lucky.

I ask you...does this look like a killer?

Sweet blind Hiker.  The laid-back, fun loving, cute one that total strangers want to take home because "she's so sweet" and "she's such a happy dog".

The pigeon never had a chance with Hiker in hot pursuit. It was just past 11:30 at night and we were all tucked into bed fast asleep.  Let me tell ya, a panicked pigeon flying around with three dogs chasing it is one heck of a way to wake up.  (Only Hiker, Bill and Azule are uncrated at night)

Within a minute, Hiker had, ah, well, let's just say she "dispatched" it.  

No, I'm not somebody who takes gory pictures.  I had plenty of time to take a picture since she refused to let go of it.  I was literally prying open her mouth to get it out.  Then Azule wanted to play tug.  NO!  Poor Bill wasn't sure what to do, being the somewhat nervous boy he is. Those that were crated were of course barking loudly and there were feathers everywhere.

This incident didn't surprise me at all.  Hiker has caught a baby raccoon (which died due to being harmed in the catching), she hunted down a young rabbit under the deck and before I could get it away from her, swallowed it whole (yuck, that still makes me shudder) and has caught birds.

Yup, sweet, lovable blind Hiker.  She's got a dark side. 


  1. Sounds like she's just in touch with her wolf DNA!

    We think you'd better get that ceiling plugged before winter!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    1. There sure seems to be some wild dog in there of some sort!

  2. Ditto and we say way to go. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I must admit, I am proud of her for going on scent and sound alone. But, I wish she wouldn't.

  4. WOW. I'm impressed. Thank God Ray is just wired to yell at things and not actually catch them.
    Hugo used to do the same thing with his prey; grab on and not let go. It always hurt it more than it helped it when we tried to take it away. We learned to bide our time till he put it down for a second (so he could breathe). It was usually dead by then though.

  5. haha well hunting is part of their genetic code!! i am impressed too :) I think it would be hard to get a tiny bunny back - it would have been a tasty morsel...

  6. Years ago, a flicker somehow got into our house while I was at work. I came home to find colorful feathers strewn about the living room. It took me a while to realize what I was looking at and what had happened. Our dog, Imelda, (now deceased) was the mighty hunter. Wrigs once found a baby bird and brought it into the house. He deposited it on the floor unharmed. :-)

    Susan and Wrigs

  7. Good job Hiker! Kind of gross, but that's nature. Hopefully the rest of the birds will know that they should stay out. :)

  8. Well Done! But try not to gross your Mom out; tone down on the instincts.

  9. Good for Hiker! It just goes to show that blind dogs are just as capable as any other dog. Although, I'm sad for the animals.

  10. What a way to wake up! I'm sure this was both hilarious and totally unpleasant. Jay once had to pry a live bird out of Braylon's mouth while the BIRD kept trying to bite him!

  11. What a hunter! She must have been so proud of herself :-)

  12. Melon is impressed. Cocoa... not so much.

  13. Anonymous9/02/2013

    Go Hiker!

    I'm sure the thrill did her some good. Maybe not the rest of you.

    Are you moving to more permanent quarters before winter sets in?