Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Border Patrol

Hello. This is The Daily Bone and I’m your humble doggie host Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

I had a lot of different reactions about the fact that I caught a rabbit yesterday. Some doggies thought I did a good job; and I thought I was being a great hunter. Others felt very sad about the rabbit. This continues to confuse me. I am a cocker spaniel, the smallest of the hunting doggies, so chasing, and catching small animals and birdies comes naturally to me. You'll be glad to know that I've worked very hard to learn not to bark at the nice birdies that visit our window feeder.

It's actually quite rare for a rabbit to get into our yard, and here's why: We have a chain link fence so that we doggies can run freely around as much as we want. Otherwise we'd have to be on a leash at all times as is the law in our town. My humans have made sure to block the small gaps that rabbits or other similar sized critters can fit through. (Actually this measure was enacted after the great wood chuck debacle several years ago.) So today I patrolled the perimeter of the yard to try to figure out how that rabbit got in.

After due diligence, and some careful sniffing, I concluded that the rabbit must have quite an made an effort to squeeze through the slim opening between the house and the fence as seen in the above photo. My humans will undoubtedly block up that area now too.

The next question is: why did the rabbit come into our yard in the first place? Our territory is well marked, and surely the rabbit must have been able to discern this. What could possibly have been so desirable to this rabbit?

The only thing I can figure out is this:

Hawthorn berries

Oh, you have to check out this great story!



  1. The skirrel musta been chatterin bout those Hawthorne berries bein so tasty that the rabbit wanted to try sum, even tho he musta smelled yu doggie doods around.
    We only see an smell bunnies on our walks along the river. Our kitty cats cleared out the bunnies long time ago. An no skirrels either. *sads fur doggies here*

  2. Don't worry about killin the rabbit, Chester. They're like kitty cats ....... DISPENSABLE!! Mum's opinion is a little bit different to mine, however!! She likes bunnies and cats. Weird, aye??

  3. No worries Chester.If we had to apologize for all the rabbits, moles, skunks and raccoons that we have sent over the rainbow bridge.....Yikes!
    You are a hunting dog and you hunted, good for you!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  4. Do not worry Chester! I have caught bunnies, moles, squirrels, you name it on my acreage. How dare they enter my kingdom! You are a mighty hunter and I think you did pawsome!

  5. Hey, when I do as I am instinctively supposed to do, growlmy freaks out. Then she steals my prize(s) and funeralizes them...sigh...
    Our fence is buried, so no bunnies get in unless they are so small they can squeeze through the fence 'fabric' or they get in under the gates. Then they do not remember where the escape route is, but mostly I get them into a corner...and...well, you know what happens next!
    Did your bunny squeal? Growlmy says that is the worst part of what I do...

    I still say you did a good hunt! Maybe the onlooking burds and squirrels will warn the other bunnies...

    1. No it didn't make a sound and that's why mom didn't know I'd caught it. Now woodchucks are another story. They're nasty when cornered! Have you ever chased one of them?

    2. I have...and gotten a couple even. Young ones...the big ones are nasty fur sure, even the wee ones stand up and look like they are going to have a boxing/biting match.
      I don't know your technique, but I lunge, take a bouncing jump back and repeat until I make the big lunge...and I bark all the time I am at work. Gotta try to intimidate my prey.I do the same with snakes, though those dudes are a bit tricky and seem to know just how to slither quickly away.

  6. Those Hawthorne berries must be like chocolate is to Mama's!! The bunny just couldn't resist them!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. OMD, Chester, I missed the whole wabbit huntin' story!!!! OMD, I don't knows how that happened dude!!! I went back and read it, and saw what a PAWSOME job you did! Hey, if that wabbit was wacky enough to come into YOUR yardie, wells....
    You were only doin' what you're suppose to do. No apologies for that. Now, I do hopes your Moms made you a tasty wabbit stew! You knows what goes with wabbit stew??? Margaritas, of course!!! I'll be right overs...you do have left overs, right? ☺
    Anyhu, high paw and good work!
    Ruby ♥

  8. Well Chester, I finks yours an ACE hunter and I is very impresses wiv you.
    You did what doggies do !!!!!
    Lots of loves and licky kisses from your number one fan
    Princess Leah xxx

  9. The bunny had to have thought that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, which isn't always true. You did what came naturally to you, Chester.
    The video about Arthur is fabulous! Thank you for sharing it!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  10. Maybe the rabbit jumped over the fence LOL, after all rabbits have looong hind legs.

  11. We think it should be s catch and release game. But those rabbits are tasty
    Lily & Edward

  12. Well these things happen Chester. But your humans have tried their best to keep them out. But it seems that there's always going to be the one that's determined to get in no matter what.

  13. What a heartwarming story Chester. Thanks for sharing the video! Chester you did what comes natural, you can't be faulted for that.