Welcome back. Bailey says “Hello.”
Hunting is in Bailey’s blood. Her father was a champion field lab. His boxy shaped body, squared facial structure, and love of fetching his master’s fowl, made him the perfect partner for hunting. Add in the ability to jump into a pond of cold water and the desire to please, labs and hunters go together like kids and candy.
Shortly after moving into our new home, Bailey discovered her prey of choice…squirrels. Those of you, who have experience with the cunning squirrel, know they are intellectual, perceptive, and difficult to catch. This, however, did not deter Bailey.
Her morning routine began as she sat on the screened in back porch surveying her Ponderosa. The squirrel crossed the yard on high, jumping from tree to tree without touching the ground. Bailey watched and waited. The crafty squirrel perched on a lower branch, just above Bailey’s head and chattered as if to say, “You’re too slow and dumb to catch me.”
Not being one to ever ignore a direct challenge, Bailey jumped and jumped, barked and barked, and did her best to end the game. Then the squirrel upped the challenge. He jumped from the low hanging branch and landed on our six-foot privacy fence. The squirrel’s taunting chatter indicated full control of sweet gullible Bailey.
As the squirrel tired of the game, he moved on to a higher calling, stealing birdseed hanging on a Sheppard’s hook in the middle of our yard. Being a trained high wire artist, the squirrel leaped from a low hanging tree branch, landed on the ground in front of the hook, and shimmed up the one inch round metal pole supporting the birdseed hanger. He secured his feet on the hook, slowly dropped his head towards the ground, and hung upside down from the pole to eat the birdseed.
Not to be out foxed, Bailey raced towards the feeder, her ears cocked, her tail in high flag mode, and her bark engaged. Sadly, her jump-and-jump technique failed again. But as with any true lab, she continued to fuss at the intruder until he finished eating and fled from the scene of the crime. Once he was gone, Bailey returned to the back porch for a much needed nap.
As she slept, her feet flailed in running motion as if reliving her adventure and preparing for her next face to face with that pesky squirrel.
Next time we will learn more about the pros and cons of a lab’s ability to persistently bark.
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.