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KellyGa    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:32:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
As you all know, I have ben having some rats trying to get in on the feeding of the chickens. I have killed two. This evening, I was doing the dishes, and I looked out the window and saw one bold rat scoot into the run.

Tip loves toys, and I get her stuffed squirrels, sheep, things like that to degut, and what is left is a rag, that she loves to "KILL". I will tell her to kill it, and she will sling it and growl and slap it on the ground in a frenzy. Its actually quite funny.

Well, today it paid off.

I hollered for Tip, and told her to get the rat, get the rat, and I opened the door and she burst out the screen door and tore down the steps. She had no idea what she was supposed to be doing, but she knew she was supposed to do something!

I hurried down behind her and shut the run door, she went in the clean out door and I shut her and the rat in the chicken house.

I started yelling to her, to get it get it, and then I thought, yeah......KILL IT KILL IT!!!!

There was a lot of scuffling around, I could see her facing the rat down in a corner, saw her through one of the little windows. She grabbed it!!!! I was in a frenzy. She slung it, just like she does the toy, and I heard it thump up against the wall of the house. It made a narrow escape. The door is not tight against the wall of the chicken house, so it was loose, just loose enough for the dang thing to squeeze through and escape into the yard next door.

Tip tore out of the house soon as I opened the door, and made a bee line for the path it escaped in.


She kept checking several times in the chicken house to make sure there was nothing in there that wasnt supposed to be.

Now THAT was exciting!!!

Dave Munson    Posted 07-04-2004 at 07:44:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last week one of the dogs killed a mole and left the body by the front door. This week one of the cats killed a vole and left it by the front door.

Seems they got a contest going on.

MJ In SC    Posted 07-04-2004 at 06:13:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Kelly! :0)

Wow! What a great dog! We are fortunate enough to have a border collie who looks a Whole lot like your Tip! Thanks for the picture! "Phat Baby" is a smart one too. Nothing gets in the back yard while she's around and she knows the difference in all of her toys. You can tell her "find shoe" and she'll bring back the squeeky shoe versus "boot", "frisbee", "ball" etc. She'll bring any one you ask for. Poor Opposum don't stand a chance trying to eat her food. She's So gentle with the cats though. Guess she knows the pecking order around here.

Hmmmm......maybe I oughted let he roam for one night and see what she finds around the chicken house??? Still not sure what got our hen and the eggs she was setting.

Did find snake "poo" after we eliminated one chicken snake...probably another out there somewhwere. Still going to secure the coop a little better and pour some concrete, hopefully soon, before we allow another chicken to set, Don't know how much we can secure it though. Friends and family teased use by calling our coop, Fort Chicken, because we were so particular about securing every little thing. By the way, our chicken house is named "The Chick Inn"! My mom made a sign out of red painted wood and green gingham and it has a little vacancy sign on chain below!

My Dad is supposed to be out today after church to "automate" our chicken door. It will be a whole lot easier when we go on vacation instead of asking a neighbor or my family to come twice a day to open and close the chicken house!

Did see a clip on the evening news years ago about a man who had a border collie that he trained to fetch painting supplies for him. He painted houses for a living. It was REALLY cool! He'd be up on a scaffold and tell the dog, get a paintbrush...the dog would take off for the truck, open the drawer, and get a paintbruch, run back to the owner, AND climb the ladder to give it to him! Said he'd fetch any item he'd ask for!

Congrats again on a very well trained, smart dog!

DigitalMat    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:03:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is a picture of Molly the Weenie cat. She isn't much of a mouser, and is really small as you can see by the cans beside her, but no mice dare come in the basement with her there.

New-Gen    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:56:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good dog! Hope you gave her lots of praise and nice treat!

KellyGa    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:11:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
OH yeah, she will be getting the leftovers off of the rotisserie chicken tonight. :)

CHICKEN?!?!?!?    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
But I'm sure it wasn't anybody your chickens knew---right?

KellyGa    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:17:57       [Reply]  [No Email] we knew. I tell Shelby the chicken we eat was doomed from birth, so we might as well enjoy it. :)

Hmmm---    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what my parents always told me about cows whenever we had steak! LOL

deadcarp    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:45:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh jeez - if i ever do you a favor, remind me not to ask you for a "tip" - course nothing runs faster than an old kraut with something snarly behind him! :)

DigitalMat    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:45:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many dog breeds were invented for just such occupations. Dachshunds, rat terriers, and a few other breeds had bodystyles made just for that. What kind of dog is Tip? Maybe the rat will tell it's friends about the horrible monster that is in there. Wouldn't that be cool?
We have had mice in the basement before, and I always kept baited traps around. A couple of months ago, we put Molly the cat down there. Later I found a stunned mouse near a trap. I put it out for Molly and she just played with it until it got away. Even though Molly is a weenie, and won't kill one, I haven't seen any mouse evidence since that time. Just the presence of the monster is sometimes enough to get the job done. Do you have a picture of this heroic dog?

KellyGa    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:48:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is Tip, she is a full blooded border collie, only 5 times removed from the actual "border" :) She herds the chickens sometimes for me too. Her favorite thing to do is herd soccer balls.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:08:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Border Collies are some of the smartest dogs around. We had a Sheltie named Riley who passed away last year. As he saw it, his job was to find out what you wanted, and then do it. Similar in intelligence to Border Collies I've been told. Congrats on such a good friend.

SeaJ    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:44:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds exciting. We have been having rat problems here too in our feed shed. My dog will spend all day out there by that shed trying to catch them. He does a pretty good job. Who needs a cat for that job.

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 20:56:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

My amigoes from south of the border say you should keep rattlesnakes under your house because they eat rats.

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