Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wonderful Weather, The Hunter, the Pest, and the Hunted!


Earlier this afternoon I took my camera outside to take pics of a card for next week's Unscripted Sketches challenge.  The sunshine was so warm that I just wanted to lay down on the grass and take a nap.  Well, I did lay down for a few seconds, but didn't want to give the neighbors cause for alarm, so I got right back up.  Anyway, when I came back inside the dogs (in the fenced back yard) were carrying on a conversation with the other dogs in the neighborhood, so I went out to ask them to stop.

When I got out on the porch,  I realized that I was not the only one enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine.  The Girls were taking great advantage of the sunshine as well!  Laying in the sun, but ever watchful of . . . the holes!

Now, I have to give you a bit of background here.  When we first moved into this house, 7 years ago now, there was no evidence of chipmunks.  But within the last year or two, they have moved in, and with a vengeance.  (Side note:  chipmunks are also known as 'ground squirrels', but anyone who has ever seen an Alvin and the chipmunks cartoon knows what I'm talking about!)

The Hunted!

When I was a child we had pet chipmunks that we kept in a cage, and they were great fun, but as a homeowner, they are destructive and a nuisance.  But Bailey has taken it upon herself to keep a close watch on the critters and try to keep them out of our yard.  The fact that they have tunnels that go from inside our yard to outside the fence into neighbor's yards doesn't affect her, nosiree!  She is on a mission!

The Ever Watchful Huntress!

But that's where the pest comes in, and no, the pest isn't a chipmunk, it's Bailey's sister, Bessie!  While they are of the same breed, that's about all that is the same about those two.  Bailey is 100% Doxie through and through, and a determined hunter and digger.  Bessie is like Ferdinand the bull who goes through life sniffing the daisies and getting into everyone's way . . . especially Bailey's!

Bessie, the pest!

When Bailey gets wind of a chipper in the yard she goes for it, and that's when Bessie tries to play with her, or love on her, or just keep her from her appointed duties.  It's so much fun to watch!!!  So, while I am sure they will never catch a critter unless it is sick or gets trapped some way in the yard, I love that Bailey tries her best, even though she is hampered at every turn my her 'unique' sister.  (And no, they aren't blood sisters, but they were adopted into the same family!)

Blessings friends!!!  Becky

 Bailey, the hunter!



Anonymous said...

Hi Becky, I love seeing your doxies. So funny that the two are so different. I bet you all enjoyed today's beautiful sunshine. I heard it might rain and turn cooler next week. Hope you have a nice weekend.

Bonnie said...

Becky, for the first time since living in my house (33 years) we had a chipmunk living someplace in our yard. We've always had squirrels. My cat would love to catch them, but he gets tied up on a leash for the short time he is outdoors. My son got a doxie this year, she is the cutest. Very hyper - she rolls over and pees on herself whenever my husband or I show up at their house.

Janean said...

oh sweet bailey reminds us of our bud (now with the Lord). he was red and our love! i still miss him.

your girls are adorable...pest and huntress.

great post, becky!

Jenny said...

What a wonderful story and pictures. Your weiners are wonderful. Super cute post! Thank you so much for sending me the link.