If you're a dog, you know that catching squirrels is a big dream....and not an easy task. I would imagine from the beginning of time, squirrels have been the bane of a dog's existence I know they have been mine and Gracie's our entire lives.
But not until we moved to this cabin have we been able to formulate the secret to catching squirrels.
You may remember that back in July Gracie and I caught our first squirrel ever! And now that we've caught our second one, we have discovered there is a distinct science to catching the little buggers. Since all my dog friends have been begging me for my secret catching technique, we thought we'd share it with you in the hopes that you, too, may achieve your dream.
The first and most important thing to remember is the element of surprise. You have to catch squirrels off guard. How did we do that? Gracie and I have a very bad habit of bolting out the door (at least if Mum doesn't have us sit and stay first; sometimes she has us practice that, just in case we may need that talent in the future).
Both of the squirrels we've caught were caught totally by surprise when we bolted out the door and they miscalculated where their escape tree was just out the front door of our cabin. And they got caught and pinned by both Gracie and me at the bottom of our fence.
At this point in the process, I have to tell you that chaos ensues...a lot of scrambling occurs and you never know for certain if you're going to catch them; but you must, must, must keep your focus, work with your partner in crime (in my case, Gracie) in tandem for the good of the cause. After working together a couple of times successfully, Gracie and I are getting pretty good at this part of the process.
Just a minor ouch, nothing serious.
However, I must warn you that during this part of the chaotic process, things can happen....claws are flying, there's so much squealing going on you may want to look into sony headphones at Musicians Friend to keep your sanity, teeth sometimes end up where they shouldn't, and so you have to expect that injuries may occur; a little like what I got this past time. Yep, that's a bloody snout. A minor injury that I was happy to incur for the good of the cause.
At this point, assuming you and your partner have been successful in cornering the squirrelly dude...a decision has to be made. Who is going to end up with the squirrel and claim it for their own?
Why is this important? Well if you don't make this decision at some point, more chaos may ensue and someone may really get hurt...and we're not talking about the squirrel.
Hey Gracie! Wanna share that?
Oh yes, on occasion I may get a little interested in taking my time with it...but a little eyeing from Gracie and I pretty much let her have her fun.
No? Ok, have your fun, baby sis.
(At this point you may want to look away and shoo out the young-in's in the room, blood is involved if you enlarge the next pic.)
This one is mine and you can't have it!
Yes, that's Gracie coveting her latest prize (which I have to remind you and her, she couldn't have that squirrel without my help).
So that's the method behind our madness for all you squirrel hunting dogs, you! Hope you enjoy, and hope that the information and instructions we are providing are helpful in your next quest!