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Perspective & Finding the Obvious

April 7, 2012

The morning quiet was broken – “bROOOO!!!!!” There’s no mistaking a hound that’s unhappy or who has found something. “bRooooooo!!!!!!!! bROOOOOOOOOO!!!!! b-b-b-bROOOOOOOO!!!!!!” Clearly Queenie found something out of place.

Queenie ~ Keeper of the rabbits. 🙂

On investigation it was something only she thought new and alarming. Dio, resting in the open bottom cage, resting. Now Queenie is beagle X basset, so has hunting in her background. Specifically hunting rabbits. She was excited having found the motherload of rabbits! And she had him cornered!!! Hurry humans hurry before it gets away!!!  “bROOOO!!!!!”

For his part, Dio looked at her as if to say “WHAT is your problem?” He’s grown up with dogs around, although they’ve been on the other side of the wire for the most part. The occasional time they do come face to face we hope they remember training!


Good example of this was in removing Jeff from the carrier yesterday, and he wiggled away and dropped to the ground. Blue was quite surprised by the sudden appearance of a large rabbit under her nose, but knew the rabbits are *mine* – so nudged him into an open cage he was next to and he was safe. He’s now in one of the buck cages.

Dogs naturally chase and often kill rabbits. Turning the dogs, especially the herding dogs (Bella, Bess) in with loose rabbits for an afternoon would probably result in dead rabbits. However, they can be taught to accept and not harass them.

Like people, Queenie found something that wasn’t there before in her experience. It was exciting, alarming and newsworthy! The reality that not only we knew but had put the rabbit there didn’t occur to her. She didn’t think through things…also like people. 🙂

When the news media gets involved everything is exciting, alarming and newsworthy. Think about it – do we really need to know what the Kardashians are doing on a daily basis? Does it impact our lives? Do we need alarm bells about every possible thing that can kill us? No – we’re all going to die at some point anyway. That doesn’t mean tune out and ignore – but evaluate, discuss, get more information.

Sounding the alarm before all the information is like Queenie’s “bROOOO!!!” Everyone knows you’re alarmed, but not everyone shares in that alarm. Continuing to sound the alarm isn’t good!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2012 11:02 AM

    Ha! That’s funny. My sis-in-law’s chihuahua (older gentleman) and her cat (indoor/outdoor) were excellent at herding up the lil jumpers when they got out of their cage. Mesmerized me that they never once offered to harm the rabbits. They would tag team’m in a corner of sorts & the chi would sound off the alarm (barking!) to let you know that had caught some escapees. Too funny. Never seen anything like it.

    • April 8, 2012 2:23 PM

      lol Rabbits here learn quickly the safest place to be is near enough our dogs to have backup. Between roaming dogs, owls (another thing that Queenie finds alarming!) and occasional visitors, they are much safer right around the cages. Even Connor’s little Champagne, that fell out a few days ago, was safe as long as within 30 feet of the ‘home’ cage – under Tucker’s protection. Once recaptured safety is assured!

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