This is a vole:
And these are vole murderers:
I had just had a conversation with a co-worker about how I was so happy the boys had never killed a small animal. At least not intentionally. Once, Lucas accidentally killed a vole by pawing at it. It must’ve died of internal injuries. That incident earned him the nickname Lenny (“I just wanted to petted it, George.”)
Then John and I went to my parents’ house, their house with the giant fenced in yard, wildlife, a pond – basically doggy heaven. We left the boys in my parents’ care and went to a concert. The next morning my mom told us that the boys had dug a GIANT hole in the yard to get at a tiny little vole. Which they killed, apparently by smashing, not biting. Odd. Anyway, my dad told them to “leave it” and they did. He scooped it up and tossed it out.
Even though it wasn’t a tooth-related killing, I was still sort of sad. I think of them as such gentle giants, and I know it’s just instinct. They’re hunters, right? But still.
So this week’s question:
Has your dog ever killed a small animal?? If so, how did you feel about it? If not, how do you think you’d react if he/she did?
By the way, thank you to everyone who took my survey last week! If you haven’t yet and want to weigh in on the content, I’m going to leave it open for a few more days.
Vole image from Martin Pettitt