montdoug Posted June 13, 2012 Share Posted June 13, 2012 (edited) Our fenced back yard is about an acre and a half, "puppy paradise". Our neighbor to the rear has about three acres of fenced field, weeds, gophers, rabbits and all. He's a great neighbor so that's all fine but where we and everyone else around here have cared for lawns and gardens he basically has a rodent preserve, so what er ya gonna do ? Our house is dissected by our fence seperating,the front yard from the rear. The fence also cuts our elevated deck (about 3 feet) in half with the back half enclosed so the dogs can't escape from underneath it and the front half open and accessible from the front yard behind a potentilla hedge. That's the lay out, here's the story. Gus has been with us since he was 8 weeks old and turned 6 on May 18th, he's well over breed standard (20LBS) and it's all muscle and total devotion to family. Geeze I love that dog! Kat is 2 years and new to us this year and she's a recovering show dog, love her just as much but she's a fistful to work with and I'm sure she'll never be trained to the level that Gus is (he's quite advanced). To cut to the chase, today I see a gopher running along our fence which has the bottom buried and he's heading for the deck that he promptly ran under. about the last 4 feet of his mad dash was observed by Kat and Gus I could tell from in the house by the changed pitch of their barking. I ran out and Kat was already starting to think about tunneling under our burried fence to get to the front of the deck at the gopher. As you well know if one of these brilliant little Einstein's ever figures an egress route out of someplace it'll never be forgotten so I was a bit panicked . I knew too, as long as that gopher was under that deck those Cairns would be obsessed . Kat has been in kennels, crates, show rings and our back yard all her life and the one time she got loose from me the freedom seemed to drive her mad and she took off in a straight line as fast as her wittle legs could carry her til a fenced back yard blocked her. Me off course running like a madman through everyones back yard trying in vain to catch up, scared me to death!! As Gus has hardly been outta my sight for six years and is as mentioned trained to a high and controllable level I quickly opted to use him as my solution before she pulled the off great escape and turned into a female Houdini for ever more. I called Gus and took him out the front gate and he instinctively took over. He tore around the front of the hedge and bailed under the deck. This dog show bloodlined dog had that gopher is a blink and his head was a blur shaking it side to side. He was shaking it so hard his front feet were coming off the ground and in literally less than 5 seconds the little lawn wrecking garden destroyer was completely eviscerated . It was the most effecient gopher eradication you could possibly imagine and from my sweet little buddy that sleeps on my feet at night with Merlin the cat on top of him no less. The most surprising part of the whole deal was to follow however. After absolutely destroying that field rat in about 5 seconds Gus just dropped him like a hot rock, he sniffed him once to make sure he wasn't playing possum and then just trotted out from under the deck like nothing ever happened. No interest whatsoever in his vanquished foe, "NONE". That surprised me, a cat woulda played with that thing for an hour, probably brought it into the house alive and let it run free like they sometimes do with mice they catch in the garage going to and from the kennel. Wonder If I could get Gus to give em rodent terminating lessons? Sorry this is so long (if you're still reading), I've just heard so much about their instincts and to see em in action is something to behold (if a bit gross). They are indeed very serious little warriors!! Edited June 13, 2012 by montdoug Quote Have you hugged your Cairn today? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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