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yikes! not good on gardens is he, then?

my dog is a bit confused on the prey drive at times. there are rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters in the house, where he can rub noses with them. he knows they are all under my protection (crazy as he considers that), and so he seems to generalize it, at least in the case of rabbits, which he sees constantly lounging around the lawns of my mother's suburban town, and now he hardly looks at them twice. chipmunks, however, don't live in my house, so he considers them fair game. unfortunately for him he still gets scolded if he chases them too seriously, which takes the fun out of it for him somewhat. it would be nice for him to enjoy the unfettered joy of trapping and killing cute little animals, but i haven't been able to bring myself to go along with it. let him eat newman's own peanut butter treats.

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We have gerbils and none of mine ever give them a second look....even when I'm cleaning the cages and the little critters are more easily seen.

Guess we're just gonna have to get ourselves a pet chipmunk, eh? :whistle:

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it is strange, you think of cairns as having such specific primal drives, but clearly they quickly internalize some human values. redmon is still very aggressive in the usual situations and and prey-driven in a very general way, but he can make exceptions on the basis of how he believes the world he shares with humans is organized. if he lived with a hunter or an enemy of small furry animals, i'm sure he'd be as quick to jump at and kill rabbits as they next guy.

hence my faith that as we humans struggle everyday to channel aggression in the right directions, our cairns can be right by us doing the same thing themselves.

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