July 10th, 2012
What Was Francesca Hunting For?
Posted by Sharkey
While we were outside yesterday, I noticed that Francesca was staring intently off in the distance. I just assumed she was squirrel hunting. As it turned out, she wasn’t hunting that little beast, but something entirely different.
1 Francesca, what are you doing? Hunting squirrels again?
2 Not this time, Sharkey, though I do often stalk the bird feeders for squirrels. Today, I'm on the lookout for an entirely different animal!
3 What kind of animal, Franny? Maybe I can help you spot it! Was it another red-tailed hawk or a wild turkey?
4 Neither, Sharkey! Earlier this morning, when I decided to take a little nap in the grass around the corner...
5 I caught something out of the corner of my eye...
6 Dogs sleep a lot to conserve energy for hunting and we can wake up at a moment's notice, so as soon as I sensed another creature around me, I was alert!
7 And there it was - a cat! But not one of our cats, nor one of Betsy's cats...it was a stranger cat!
8 Now, even though our breed is quite domesticated, we still retain many of our territorial instincts. I couldn't help but begin to growl and stare down this stranger!
9 I didn't mean to scare him; I actually wanted to introduce myself and make sure the cat wasn't lost. He might have needed my help, but I went and scared him off, regardless!
10 I know that we should be ambassadors of the farm, Sharkey, and it's not polite to growl at visitors, but I couldn't help it! My canine instincts simply took over!
11 Francesca, I don't blame you for how you reacted. I would have done the same thing! I'll help you keep an eye out and if we see that cat again, we'll try to help that good buddy together!
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