December 19 Wish I had a Camera!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Since I didn't have a camera this morning I will have to describe it for you. Those of you who know me. Know of my sweet dog Katie (profile pic). She is a avid squirrel watcher. Even though she has had opportunities to catch a squirrel from time to time, The squirrels have always managed to get away. I like to believe that Katie lets them go. We are pretty sure that there are at least 7 squirrels living in our complex. One reason is that we have seen at least 5 out at one time in one area. Now these squirrels are smart and they know exactly how close they can get to the apt complex dogs who sometimes are put out on tie outs. Between them an Katie it has become a game. Since a couple of the trees are close enough for her to lay under while on a tie out.

About a week ago Katie was having a game with one of the squirrels out in the courtyard. The squirrel was running up and down the tree barking back at Katie. Katie would bark at the squirrel. After an hour I brought Katie back in the house. A little while later my husband took the trash to the dumpster. He noticed a squirrel laying at the bottom of the tree where Katie had been playing. It was dead. There were no marks on him. We are not even sure it was the same squirrel. Ray and one of our neighbors said that it looked like it fell over dead. Well for several days after that Katie would go out an look for her little friend. It was like the other squirrels had disappeared.

Yesterday, she had taken her oldest toy which is a squeak toy that looks like a squirrel outside and left it. We don't normally let her take her toys outside. Well the toy got wet so we put it up to dry out. This morning after a walk. I brought Katie in put her on her lead so she could be outside longer. She grabbed her toy squirrel and put it under the tree. Yes, the same one she an her friend had been playing under. I tried bringing it back in. Katie took it back out.

I know that some people don't think animals don't think like humans. Something tells me that Katie is mourning her little friend in her own way. So the toy squirrel will stay where it is until Katie is ready for it to go.

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    I totally get this!
    My lab was a bit quirky today when I put an oversized stuffed bear for my great niece in the living room to wrap.
    My lab was telling the stuffed bear who was in charge around here. It was so precious!!
    Thanks for blogging....75 pts for elves I earned from reading your blogs...go elves. emoticon
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5195119
    it sure does sound like Katie is mourning her little friend. Glad she has an understanding mommy like you in her life!! ~hugs~
    3729 days ago
  • ANH102712
    That is a cute story. Lilly (my Golden Retriever) also likes to chase squirrels at the lake. It is really funny b/c they do know exactly what they are doing!
    3730 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3992584
    What a sad but cute story. And yes - a true Kodak moment.
    3730 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6324333
    Thanks for sharing the story. Dogs are very intelligent and what a way to mourn her friend.
    3730 days ago
  • NICKI109
    Aw, a sad and cute story all at the same time. I believe dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for.
    3730 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon I think squirrels live about two years. Dogs are smarter than we think.
    3730 days ago
    Aw, that is so sad!! I think animals in general are a lot smarter than people give them credit for. I know dogs are far more sensitive than people think they are too. I know Pollywog mourned the loss of her sissy and still misses her! Poor Katie, give her lots of hugs and tell her your sorry about her buddy. Hugs and kisses to Katie!!

    3730 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    Dogs are indeed very intelligent --& what personalities that can display as you have seen from your sweet Katie.
    3730 days ago
    I think dogs are actually more sensitive and intune than some humans. I think Katie has a big heart and you must also because you are her mommy. You modeled this loving behavior for her. Loved the story!

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    3730 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    What an awesome story you have shared with us. Dogs are so much smarter than many humans want to admit. It's really too bad you didn't have the camera!
    3730 days ago
    What a beautiful story you have shared. Dogs are so smart Debbie.

    yes a true Kodak moment !
    3730 days ago
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