Stuff Dogs Like #6

6 Feb

Dogs like being a hero.

My cat has a nasty habit, that many of his fellow cats have, of bringing living/shocked and in paralysis/half-dead animals into the house. I know some felines, like furry Hannibal Lectors, eat what they catch and just leave little souvenirs of body-less heads strewn about carpets and rugs. My cat likes his victims to remain as in tact and aware as possible, because they make better play things (like battery operated toys). One occasion recently, my cat brought in a mouse, a squeaking, terrified little rodent that he batted around and let run about (in the hope of escape) to just within the reach of his big grey paw.

Buster, my dog, has watched this dance many many times. Each time I think it saddens him.

 

Buster is a pacifist. Indeed he chases rabbits and deer, but not once has he caught one. Is that because he has the slow, rotund form of a domesticated pet or is it because he doesn’t really want to catch them? I honestly think that if Buster were aware of where his food came from, he would refuse those meaty chunks. He often has a hankering for my vegetarian sausages and he loves broccoli and humus…..

 

This day was not a day for dying, this day was not a day the bad guy wins.

 

Buster went over to my cat, snarled like a wolf, gently picked up the mouse in his mouth and took it back to his bed. He rested the mouse on the cushion between his paws and shot defiant eyes back at the cat. Every time the cat skulked closer, Buster growled a low warning, until eventually the cat gave up.

 

Later Buster and I took the mouse outside and set him down among the long grass.

 

My dog the mouse hero.

 

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