Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Rummy's 1st Mouse

We are very proud to announce, Rummy caught his first mouse 2 nights ago. And better yet, last night, he caught his 2nd mouse. So far, he has caught 2 mice, on back to back nights.

 Rummy and his very proud catch, a mice

 Rummy was out taking his usual potty break in the evening, when suddenly, he came to the door with something dangling in his mouth. He was a little unsure about what our response would be, so he hovered outside. Rob was the first one to spot his catch, and he was very happy, he told Mum to grab her camera.

 And so we went outside, and praised Rummy and made a huge fuss over his major accomplishment. Rob gave him real treats to make him see how pleased we were with him. Bear in mind, no one taught Rummy how to catch those mice, and we have a few of them on the property, and they're wild. But he has allowed the terrier side of him to come out, and he has stayed true to his form - a ratter. Terriers were bred for ratting, amongst many other gifts that Airedales possess, but this is extraordinary, because Rummy is only 5 months old, and untrained.
 The poor dead mice

 We allowed Rummy to walk proudly with the mouse hanging off his mouth, and stayed with him, while he poked at, sniffed at, nibbled on, and chewed on his catch.

 Rummy's dead mice


 Gromit and I were also very surprised that Rummy did this on his own. It was pitch dark outside, how did Rummy see so well that he could catch a fast running mice? It must have been amazing to watch but no one was around to see in the dark, how he did it.


 Gromit and I come closer to Rummy to investigate that dead mice in his mouth

 Rummy was willing to share his dead catch with us, but we wished he would just let it go so we could have a bite at it too


 Gromit inches closer to Rummy's dead mice, and Rummy allows his best friend to sniff

 After a while, Rummy decided that he wanted to bury the mice and he and Gromit proceeded to dig a big hole in the plant bed. Rob and Mum yelled "No".

 The mice is in the yellow line. Gromit was having fun poking at it.

Gromit had a few bites at the dead mice, but no one ate it in the end. Rob took the mice and threw it into the trash bin. The 2nd night Rummy caught a mice again, we didn't make a big fuss anymore, but we still praised him and made him feel happy about it. He wanted to take it into the house this time, but Mum yelled "No". She didn't want a stinky mouse in the house. No way.



At 8:26 AM, Blogger Rachel J. said...

It's so cool when they catch stuff! (Unless it's a skunk. That sucks.)

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so proud of you, Rummy! Mitch is the mouser at our house!
Nice job! Who needs kitties when you have Airedales, right?!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Good work Rummy! Those mice looked mighty tasty!

Hootie is the vermin hunter at our place up in Idaho. Last summer he cleared our garden and surrounding area of all moles and didn't even ask for a paycheck! He even came home with a sweet little bunny once...that went to our neighbors to nurse, but it(sadly) died a few days later. Mommy said it's Hootie's nature...a real hunter. I'm kind of a wierd Dale,shy and not really a hunter.
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Moco said...

That is quite the feat. Usually Edgar brings them into the house alive and plays with them.

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At 2:23 PM, Blogger Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

What a good doggie! My airedale has yet to get a mouse, but is after the birds constantly. Somehow I don't feel bad about a mouse but the poor birds can't get a break.

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