We have a two and a half year old Beagle/Hound (mutts are the best dogs). We got her as a puppy from a rescue service here in Virginia. My daughter named her Jenny.
Her favorite perch is the front entry stairs, where she can look out the windows and see what's coming.
Her favorite activities include tearing anything in the house she can to shreds and chasing rabbits in the back yard. And when I say shreds, I mean shreds! It's always a mess. But because of her penchant for chasing rabbits, I took her to the pet store and bought her a squeaky rabbit toy.
We call the toy Rabbit.
She loves Rabbit and takes him everywhere, squeaking.
I thought Rabbit would last about 5 minutes, but no. She protects him and carries him all around.
She often carries him out back, laying him on the deck, to watch as she chases rabbits in the yard.
Sometimes she forgets and leaves Rabbit outside.
We built this house 13 years ago. Our youngest was 1 at the time. The next year I decided to get her a special play set. It had all the bells and whistles.
She doesn't use it much any more, except to swing lightly with her friends as they talk and text.
Currently this play set is the favorite hang out of a hawk who inhabits our neighborhood. He sits quietly on the roof, waiting for rabbits to pop by. I have never seen him get one, but he is there every day and no doubt has had success.
I noticed something odd about the hut a couple of days ago. Do you see it? On the roof?
It's Rabbit! How did Rabbit get up there?
I asked Jenny, "Where's Rabbit?"
She ran to the hut and looked up! "Rabbit" is one of her vocabulary words now and she knew exactly where he was!
I have to think that the hawk saw the toy laying in the yard, swooped down and carried him to the roof of the hut. Realizing it was inanimate, the hawk left the toy on the roof, probably in disgust! He got faked out by the toy! So much for the evening meal!
Cwazy wabbit! Wow, cwazy hawk!
And no, I did NOT set this up! My daughter brought the rabbit to my attention, while doing a hut inspection, no doubt! I'm surprised the dog didn't...
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