Bailey’s Favorite Furry Friends
If you tuned in last time, you already know how much Bailey loves squirrels. If anyone says the word Squirrel within her hearing distance, her response is immediate and dramatic. As her barking accelerates, her movement towards the dog-door matches the NASCAR green-flag finish. At that moment, she has one objective-get through the back door and catch her prey before he gets away. If you are standing in the path of an eighty-five pound lab, run! Her intent is not to knock you down, but at the speed she travels, it could happen.
Bailey was also mesmerized by all the cute bunnies around our former subdivision. I am of the opinion that the squirrels collaborated with the bunnies. My theory is that they shared intelligence about predators in the area. The squirrel, able to perform research from overhead, identified the risks of various pets and advised the bunnies. Once they had exposed the weaknesses, they identified who to torment and who to ignore.
Naturally, as a beta dog, Bailey was no risk and too much fun to ignore. The bunnies quickly surmised that sitting quietly in the grass just beyond the fenced back yard, would drive Bailey crazy. Their eyes penetrated her stare. They made no movement. Bailey barked, jumped up and down frantically and barked some more.
One day, when we were at work, she continued this insistent barking for over thirty minutes. When we arrived home at the end of the day, a very colorful note was tucked into our door. A new neighbor, who worked evenings, had found it impossible to sleep.
His note read:
Not being easily moved to anger, today I wanted to kill your dog. Shut her up [, please and let me sleep. @%*@$*&^%$#
Your new friend,
Not wanting to loose either our beloved Bailey or our cranky over tired neighbor, we Googled methods to prevent barking. Many of the choices were drastic and cruel. After dialoging about several, we hopped into the car and drove to the pet store. They recommended a bark collar. This humane collar had a nine volt battery that jolted the larynx if the dog went into consistent barking. One bark or two would not result in a shock. But with repeated barking, ouch. They assured us that most dogs gave up the pesky long-term barking after one or two shocks. So Bailey’ was introduced to her new collar.
Being of great intelligence, Bailey grew cautious of her barking activities. She would jump and bark then stop and wait. If no shock struck her, she jumped and barked once again. Her spirit never waned. She learned to sit and stare back at the bunnies as they tried to tease her into action. After all, she was no dummy. And if the bunny ever entered her yard, the chase would be on. Maybe some day she would catch a squirrel or bunny. But in the meantime, she could watch and learn their ways.
Be sure to come by next time for more Bailey adventures.
Considering a new family pet? Please check into getting a rescue lab. They are wonderful dogs and seem to know you did something very special for them. Labs give back lots and lots of love.