Just a few minutes ago, I was out to let the dogs in for the night. I had let them out of the kennel, and had stopped for a few minutes to pet Chubby, then went on to the back porch and was reaching for the door when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, Fate going under the outdoor table carrying something dark, furry, and STIFF!!!!
Instinctively I screeched, "Fate, DROP IT!!!!" So Fate deposited what I had by now discerned to be a frighteningly dead squirrel. Of course, all three dogs still wanted this lovely Stiff Nutkin as treasure to carry back to their crates to chew upon for the evening, so after fending them off the lovely prize enough to have them rounded up, I rushed them all inside. I locked Fate and Hope into their crates and gave them their cookies, and then went out to deal with the horror.
I grabbed a pizza box from last night's pizza, and scooped up the unfortunate arboreal rat, and dropped the box still containing the squirrel over the fence. Poor DH when he gets home, he has an assignment! Squirrel disposal... (honestly, I am hoping that someTHING finds it in the night and takes it.)
The other night I kept hearing this scratching on the front door and I thought that it was one of the dogs wanting in so I went to the door and oh my god it was not a dog but a shunk with his butt pointed at me and I slamed the door just in time but oh what a smell he left behind by the front door.
I found a huge Ringed Salamander in my yard the other day. It had to be over 9" long! There were a pair of them in my koi pond just after the first autumn rain was over. Our yard is damply forested with a clearing just around the koi pond. I was excited to see one since they don't live in Texas. I've also discovered them wandering around my swimming pool going for occasional dips. It was so neat!
I have recently moved to Louisiana from Texas...country living from city life and I have yet to get use to all the critters around. One day I woke up to screaming, when I walked in the living room my cousin was standing there and my toy poodle had a mouse right next to him. I about died! My cousin told me she saw Barkley coming in the doggie door with something in his mouth so she walked up closer to see what he had and it was a live mouse. Guess he needed a friend! We had a hard time trapping the mouse and putting it back outside, I wish I would have videotaped it I'm sure it would have made a great laugh watching the two of us run around trying to get a mouse out of the house.
My housemate's cat brought a live baby bunny into the house. She ran all over and then caught it. I said, "Is it still alive?" She said yes. I said, "Put it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash, I'll take it out tomorrow."
She was horrified.
I don't understand why people try to "save" rabbits and mice that get into their houses. These are just vermin. They carry disease, including fleas and ticks that can make you and your pets sick.
On top of that, that baby bunny's mom would never have taken it back. Setting it "free" was just letting it starve. That's kindness?
No, I am not trying to start something, here. Rabbits eat my vegetables because there is not enough else for them to eat. Mice move into my house in the fall and have to be trapped, or poisoned or eaten by my cats. They do this because there are too many of them.
What are you going to do next? Save the cockroaches? Put the waterbugs outside? Sheesh!
OMG what a crazy female dog. I am not fond of rabbits either. I don't hate them and I would never suffocate a rabbit. You are saying this in a pet forum and you are not trying to start anything .. uh huh right ...we believe you. Keep rabbits out of your garden by: 1. construct a two foot high fence around the vegetable garden out of poultry wire 2. sprinkle dried blood around the border of your garden or use fox urine. dried blood and fox urine can be found at garden supply stores and are okay to use around vegetables. 3. sprinkle vinegar or hot pepper flakes on and around plants
But killing an innocent animal is just down right cold hearted. A cockroach is nothing like a bunny. Bunnies have feelings and people can have them as pets.
You know those bird feeders that if anything heavy gets on them they shut? (to keep squirrels out)
well i went to check on my mom's place one weekend while she was gone and a raccoon had gotten up on it and it had shut on one of his fingers and he died like that:(
It was so horrible... i cried, when i told my mom about it she cried...
and I had to get the poor thing down... i used a shovel to lift it up so the thing would open
...mom told me that same day to take down the bird feeder and just dump the seed on the ground...
We would both rather feed squirrels than risk killing another innocent raccoon
i DO put bugs outside if i can... i only go insane if it's on me or it's big enough to see hair clearly as for mice... those sticky traps work well... they stick to them, then you have somebody come and pry them loose outside...
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We found a nest of bunnies and the mom was not around they were very skinny one was already gone so we bottle fed them a few passed but a few made it and are hopping around my step dads house, all I can say is it is worth a try.
lol...... my dog loves to find old dead wroms and will lay on his back and rub his body all over it so whenever it rains i have to run outside and make sure i get up the worms. here birdie ... here birdie .... help!!!!!!!!!!!
My stepdaughter was 8 when we married and had a bunny she let her dad keep for her at our house. I had a mini daushaund at the time and was actually use to being around rabbits because my parents had had rabbits he was use too. I told her not to let them out in the backyard at the same time just to be safe but like kids will do she let the dog out when she let the rabbit out for some excerise. I don't think he would have grab it but he ran over to it to smell it and this rabbit started crying, screaming or whatever you want to call it. I did not know they made sounds like that. Broke my heart, this poor baby was scared out of her mind. We put her up and I checked on her through the night because I was afraid she would die she was so frightened. That cry was so pitiful, it was horrible, so they do have feelings.
Heck yeah tthey have feelings that is why she is cold hearted. People have pet bunnies and this is a pet forum. How can anyone suggest suffocating a helpless little bunny and expect no one to be angry?
You all must keep in mind that this is the same lady who started a topic asking who hated poodles, and another topic about how her sister in Guatamala "put a stray cat who had befriended and trusted only her in a basket and plunged it under water" becaue it had been in a fight and its face was injured. The bus ride to the vet to put the poor thing to sleep was too long. So in her eyes that was the most humane thing to be done.
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