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post #1 of 4 Old 04-15-2014, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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The difference between a cat and a mouse... to a dog

Funny story. Found a mouse in the house this morning, thanks to my incredibly strange dogs. I noticed them (these are shepherd mixes, mind you!) in the corner of the room wagging their tails and gently sniffing a small gray ball on the floor. EEEEEK!!!!!! MOUSE!!!! OK, I didn't really scream, but I was in my mind! I then notice the mouse a few minutes later sitting in the middle of the kitchen. I think it was sick because it didn't even try to run away when I caught it with a food container. Even when I set it loose on the other side of the property, the dogs just gently wagged their tails, being friendly and sniffing it. I promptly informed them that they are completely useless ratters and went inside, dogs at heel.

Then later, my dogs do this kind of jump start threatening to chase the cat, who hasn't tried to run at all and only hisses at them. This is a new house so the dogs are learning that yes, they can't chase the cat here either! Why on earth my useless weirdo dogs wanted to chase the cat and even the horses, but a mouse is OK is beyond me. And my mom thinks I get bored out here

I have my suspicions that my cat was playing with the mouse all night and that's why it was so lethargic. Cats are cruel-they do a slow death by play instead of just killing it outright. I know because I have seen her do it to the moths that occasionally get inside. When I'm sick of it flying in my face and demand that she kill it, she only catches it, let go, chase, catch, let go, chase.

Cats. I think that pretty much says it all. *face palm-because there is no smilie face for it*
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I have my dogs trained - mice are of killing and cats for chasing.

Some years back I had. GSD come to me for remedial training, she had become a fighter and chased anything. I was house sitting whilst a friend was away and, having dozed off In a chair I awoke when something ran across the room. It was a rat! The house dogs just looked and went back to sleep (King Charles spaniels)
I was not prepared to share the house with a rat. I shut the house dogs in the kitchen and collected the GSD from outside. There was nowhere for the rat to hide, everything was raised off the ground, it ran from under the wood stove to the kitchen door. The dog went after it but, at the last moment stopped dead and looked at me as if to say, "Not me, I am not allowed to chase things so I will just look!"
There was no way she was going to kill that rat! I had to go back out and get my Border Collie who, immediately saw the rat, dispatched it.
I will never forget the look on the GSDs face when she realised that she was allowed to actually chase and kill something!
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Can't chase if it won't run. My barn cats learned that a long time ago when dealing with my Chow. She will chase only as long as they will run. It's nothing to see them curled up with the dog for a nap.
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Our dogs just eat whatever mouse/rat/rabbit bits the cat leaves behind for them. They do chase them themselves, but the cat cuts in and gets the prey first. And any dog that chases our girl cat lives to regret it. She rules with an iron paw. Our boy cat though will just freak completely.
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