Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday leftovers

 The fog rolled in a few times this week.



 I couldn't find the herd on these occasions...



 ...and had to resort to artsy-fartsy photos instead of my usual fare.
To my way of thinking, a photo isn't complete unless there's an animal in it...



...even if it's an unhappy animal.




This bunny is happy now but I'll bet he wasn't when something was taking a bite out of his right ear.




The noise behind the haystack emerged Saturday afternoon. Smooch warned me immediately.
I wish you all could see Smooch in action when she finds a snake, but the circumstances 
don't allow for picture-taking. She keeps a very respectful distance from the snake, barking 
her loudest, most alarming bark until I get outside. Once she knows I know where the snake is, 
she runs to the door to be let inside the house. I rope the snake and put it in the snake box...




...while Smooch watches from her safe spot.



Then I give her a treat (or two or three) and tell her what a most excellent snake spotter she is...




...then she yawns and stretches and says, "Just another day at the office."




14 comments:

  1. smooch you are a wonder dog taking care of your ranch... glad you know to stay far away

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  2. We are most complete when we know our job and do it to the best of our abilities. The treat is our report card!

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  3. It always amazes me how dogs can ferret out snakes. Snakes are so quiet. Perhaps it's their smell. They do have a reptilian odor. Anyway Smooch deserves treats for finding snakeadoodles.

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  4. Smooch, what a good dog.

    Laurie

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  5. That snake was after the little ratties that have set up housekeeping in your hay. Smooch told you about those as well. Goodness she's good at her job!!

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  6. Smooch is A Good Girl! She's your helper, and she's good at it.

    As for the bunny . . . he might've been happy that it was only his ear and not some more vital part of him@

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  7. Bravo Smooch ! but OMG this snake is a dangerous one with this special tail end, I can see his tongue, you better be careful, your picture is amazing but you take risks to take it, please stay on the safe side

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    1. Not to worry, Carine...I was very far away using a telephoto lens.

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  8. I love your entire week of photos and happenings but I really love your Sunday leftovers ... they are quite tasty!! Smooch is such a beautiful pooch and she knows her job is to protect her Mom. Marcia in CO

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  9. Gah!!! Smooch, you are SUCH a good girl. I didn't know about the part where you ask to go inside after alerting your mom to the evil snake. Simply amazing, you are. <3

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  10. Excellent story and photos! I wish my Pointer would just bark at snakes. She grabs them and shakes and flings them - usually in my direction : /

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  11. I'm glad Smooch is on the job.

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  12. Glad Smooch is on the job! That's one less snake you'll have to deal with from now on, unless it returns!

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  13. An American in Tokyo10/27/14, 6:16 PM

    I love your Sunday leftovers!
    Please give Smoochie-poo some extra treats from me for being so good at ranch security! ;)

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