Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rabbits Aren't For Herding

Sunday night found us out on our usual evening walk.  The new routine consists of Bunny walking with me and Morgan and Blueberry walking with Mr. Taleteller.  He insists on walking both girls most of the time because he feels that Blue is his girl and will feel sleighted if he doesn't walk her along with Morgan.  Blueberry is such a mellow walker that this arrangement has turned out pretty well.

So, there we were Sunday night, strolling along as usual.  Bunny and Blueberry have been more subdued walkers lately, I suspect because of the heat.  Morgan is a schizophrenic walker.  When she walks with Mr. Taleteller in the morning, she doesn't pull, but she gives a short warning growl until he tells her to knock it off and behave.  In the evening when we walk together, she pulls like she could be a sled dog, but ignores everyone that we pass along the way.  She's not unmagageable, by any means, but she is an eighteen month old puppy who hasn't been taught certain manners.  Fortunately, she's a very quick study.  I don't think it will be long at all before she's walking very nicely beside both of us.

Anyhow, Sunday evening found us working our way towards home.  It wasn't terribly hot, but it was pretty humid, so we were walking at a pretty leisurely pace.  Morgan took the lead, with Blueberry lagging behind Mr. Taleteller in her usual homeward-bound fashion.  Bunny and I were behind them.  That's when it happened.

I heard Mr. Taleteller shout out something brief that sounded like "Oh shit" and Blueberry did a back step towards Bunny and me.  Morgan leaped up in the air like a wild stallion, did a spin in the air in a move that would have impressed any Matrix fan and landed right in the middle of the neighbors' very nicely trimmed shrubbery.  Bunny's ears flickered and she did a little snort that I believe translates from Greyhoundese as "amateur" while Blueberry gave me a look that said "please don't let anyone know I'm attached to this pony show".  I snickered and offered to take Blueberry with me while Mr. Taleteller worked at lifting his dog out of the shrubbery.  Blueberry walked along with me gratefully and pretended that she did not see Morgan the rest of the way home.

It was too late at night for anyone to see us, fortunately.  Most of our neighbors go to bed rather early.  It was nice to be a spectator at this version of the German Shepherd rodeo.  I'm actually not sure which part was funnier, Mr. Taleteller's face or Morgan's.  I think I'm glad that the Greyhounds are over the foolish rabbits this year and have moved on to squirrels as their latest obsession.  I do think that if we are ever out somewhere and the dogs are off leash together that there will be some rabbits in serious trouble.  Morgan has the skills to flush them out and Bunny has the speed and drive to catch them when they take off.  I'm glad they haven't become a team of mighty huntresses yet, but I suspect it could be coming.

Rabbits, beware!
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  1. HOLY SHI%T! You found Claw!

    Mighty Huntress....
    xx Love Maj xx

  2. Look out rabbits! :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  3. I'm not sure I know what herding is since I'm a hound but dat rabbit looks awfully tasty.
    I'm thinking Mr. Taleteller needs to join my church fur saying shit like he did...bwhahahahaha!

    Preacher Puddles

  4. Wow. I guess I shouldn't complain about Brooklyn (although I will). I would be the one going after the rabbit, not him. But a GSD has a lot more horsepower in her engine and would be a lot harder to stop. Hee hee. She sounds pretty amusing to have around if.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  5. Too funny! That Morgan will learn!

    My dogs seem like they work together sometimes trying to catch rodents in their underground tunnels. R digs at one end while K hangs out at the other end of the tunnel. Fortunately, their technique has never worked but I've been impressed that they've sorted out such a scheme! I hope that your pack doesn't figure out how to catch rabbits!

  6. I think Morgan wants to be a sighthound :)

  7. Awww, cute rabbit. Let us at it! Um, just kidding, we guess. Mom says that's not nice and won't let us chase them either. She likes the wittle wabbits and not for the same reasons we do :) BOL Oh, yeah, Aspen and Gracie say it's not nice to make fun of shepherds and their lack of grace. (Gracie's name is totally wrong for her! But don't tell her we said that!)
    The Road Dogs
    Pee S - Thanks so much for twittering and facebooking (is that a word?) about our post today!

  8. HA, I could picture it all happening... too funny! :-)


  9. miss morgan, you are my new hero!! that jump 'n spin 'n get all tangled up somewhere is one of my favorite moves!! my mama and daddy do not agree and sometimes say BEEP! words, too. teehee.
    the booker man

  10. The rabbits won't know what hit them!

    Pugs & Kisses

    Yoda & Brutus

  11. I was amazed to see one of those khritters in Baloo The BMD's yard the other night -

    That was one brave bunny!

    I'd love to go fur a walk with Morgan - I think we'd have fun!


  12. Oh how we wish you had this on video - the visual is just too funny. All three sibes here can do the silliest things when they spot a rabbit too. And TD has been a successful hunter:(

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  13. We don't think we've ever seen a rabbit -- but we do know squrrwls and small yappy dogs that look like squrrwls and we have heard each of our humans let out an "oh s--t!!!" on occasion!

    We often meet a greyhound on our walkies for whom we have nothing but great admitation!

    Wirey woofs,

    Jake and Just Harry

  14. No, Morgan...rabbits are definitely NOT for herding. They are for chasing and tormenting and hunting. But most definitely not for herding. It's a good thing you lives in a house full of greyhounds who will teach you this most important fact of life.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  15. If your pack teams up, rabbits might become extinct in your area! If nothing else, they'll pack their bags and move west out of fear!

    I do like Matrix moves!! Go Morgan!!


  16. Are they hunting wabbits? :3 I'm pretty sure that eventually they'll be a great team!

  17. Haaa! I like the sound of Morgan, seems she might have a few terrier cracker dog genes!

    Wiry ones Eric xx

  18. Hey Morgan and Bunny! Rabbits are bad. I don't have many of them invading my territory. I have more trouble protecting my perimeter from squirrels and especially racoons. They're the worst. Morgan, I think we could team up and really clean up this town!! Hey, will I see you at Frankie's wedding???? Hope so.
    Grr and Woof,

  19. My mom says... thanks for the good laugh reading your post!
    Kisses and hugs

  20. Morgan the mighty huntress....has a certain cachet, doesn't it?
    You go, GF!
    Rabbit stew for din din!


  21. They sound like a pack of velociraptors! Only fuzzy!


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