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RE: My life has turned into the movie

Ours had the a dachshund face and body, but a shepherd coloration & tail.
That meant he could whip the daylights out of one's ankles when he was
happy!  And yes, he did look a bit strange.  But there was no doubt in his
mind or ours that he was a true hunter.  

He caught and ate a wild bunny in front of our domestic rabbit's cage one
year.  Before long, (because of his penchant for scaling the fence to visit
the local female dogs in the area) we had to put up a 12'X12'X7' high run
under a shade tree to keep him "in."   When we'd let the Dutch rabbit out,
she would hop right up to the kennel, out of the dog's range for snout or
paws, just to torment the hunter.  If they'd ever been "loose" together...I
shudder to think.  As it was, the dog lived to be 21years old and the rabbit
was about 12years old when she succumbed.  Both lived well beyond their life
expectancies.  Maybe the excitement of the chase kept them young longer?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 2:03 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] My life has turned into the movie

Wow!, Jason is one tough cat!  Most of mine stay out of the way of a
raccoon, but Slugger has chased them out.
I remember years ago seeing a Dachshund/German Shepherd mix.  Very weird.
Looked more like a graft of a GS head on a D body, than a DNA blend.  I'm
sure they don't all look like that one, though.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] My life has turned into the movie

> Considering that dachshunds were bred to chase badgers into their lairs
> and eliminate them, what's a rat or two...
> But I am curious, what does a dachshund/German shepherd mix look like?
> Jason, my indoor/outdoor cat with no front claws, has proudly brought
> me snakes and voles (he eats the mice) and recently ran a raccoon off
> the deck (I was standing by in case the raccoon got aggressive.
> Cathy
> On Saturday, June 19, 2004, at 07:38 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> > Andrea, Bill and I had a dachshund/German shepherd mix (no, I don't
> > know how
> > that happened) that one morning (4:00 a.m. or so) presented me with a
> > juicy
> > dead rat at the back door!  Mice I'd dealt with, but this was the
> > first rat.
> > I woke the neighborhood as well as Bill, who was smart enough to
> > praise the
> > dog.  I never saw another rat around the property as long as the dog
> > lived.
> > (I think he knew it was good to catch them, but not drop them on my
> > foot
> > again.  LOL!!!)
> >
> > If you go the rat terrier method, remember to praise him/her when a
> > rat has
> > been "neutralized."
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