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Killed his first squirrel

Well, it has taken Moje 2 years but he finally caught and killed a squirrel. I am just wondering if I have an abnormal dog or if others out there have a Havanese who likes to chase and occasionally kill things. When he was about 6 months old there was a baby bird that fell out of a nest. No feathers on it. It could not fly. It flopped around and Moje nudged it with his nose. I thought that would be the end of it. Then he picked it up and ate it!!
Back to the squirrel. Seemed there was no inclination to eat it, but the little guy didn't want to give it up!!
So, anyone out there have any stories of Havanese critter killers!!!
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Tux killed his first squirrel but hasn't eaten it yet. It's getting awfully soggy though.
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Shama loves to chase, but she hasn't caught anything to kill yet . . .
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Tux forgot to cut the tag off his squirrel. We haven't told him yet. He thinks he's a real hunter.

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There is a lot of wildlife in my neighborhood and I once looked down while walking to see a dead chipmunk in Zoe's mouth. Prettiest little dead thing I ever saw. I made a noise Zoe didn't like, so Zoe ran as far away as her leash would take her. I reeled her in and on my third "Leave It!" got the miserable little thing out of her mouth.

I think she would like very much to be a huntress, but wild things would be bad for her belly.

I also think tiny stuffed squirrels in logs and monkeys in bananas work best for a companion dog.
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I think Willow would go after small critters in a heartbeat. We have squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits and she'll try to go after them. If I didn't have her on a leash, she would probably be long gone into the brush after whatever. I swear she must have been a hunting dog in her prior life.

I think, however, it's natural for any dog to hunt. My prior dog was a corgi and they are bred for herding. However she would go after squirrels. She actually cornered one and caught it but it ended up biting her on her lip and managed to get away.



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Instinct plays a strong role. Just watch as you throw a stuffed toy across the room, your dog chases it, catches it, then does the "shake-it-to-pieces" move which in nature, would most likely be an instant neck breaker. My friend's Akita was born and raised in Hawaii. There are NO snakes there. She moved with her dog to Colorado, and one afternoon the dog happened upon a snake and grabbed and shook it with expert precision resulting in instant death of the snake.

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I must add a caveat to my last post. We mistakenly taught our first Havanese that she could chase the big herons out of the swimming pool area. (Have you ever seen Great Blue Heron Poop?) It was great fun for Hanna cause she could never in a million years catch them. They just flap their wings and they're off. If made her feel important and gave her something to look forward to, along with providing spotless sidewalks for us.

Then one day we had her in the shopping cart in a Lowe's parking lot when a bird flew down to the pavement directly in front of us. Before we could blink, Hanna leaped out of the cart and darted across the parking lot. After we recovered from simultaneous heart stoppage, we realize we had to undo the fun and retrain. Fortunately she was a smart and obedient dog, and listened when we said "no no, leave the birdie alone".

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Havanese are, first and foremost, dogs. Many have the instinct to hunt. Those who also have the speed may succeed. Mine have never managed it, (though they LOVE chasing turkeys out of the back yard! LOL!) But I do have a friend who used to post on the forum, whose Havanese has caught a number of birds. The amazing thing, in his case, is that if she sees him and can interfere, he has been willing to come and hand her the bird, unharmed!


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