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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure if this is a problem or not but after 11 years my sweet Mia has become a relentless, vicious mole hunter. Her whole life she has stood by watching my yorkie hunt and kill at least 100 moles. She finally decided to take a shot at it herself and she is having the time of her life! She is awesome at sniffing out where they are at and then dives in and digs like a maniac, tearing the grass and ground with her teeth. Unlike Barn Hunt, the moles do meet a timeless end. She shakes them ferociously and carries them proudly but unfortunately tries to bring them in the house. We have finally gotten her to drop them. We live in a heavily wooded area and have lots of moles. I believe it is safe since moles do not carry diseases and we do not use any lawn chemicals or fertilizers. I have had offers from neighbors for my dogs to take care of their mole problems, however they all use lawn chemicals so will not allow that. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has a digging Havanese! I did not think they were a breed that digs. The main negative is the dirty feet and face...but have to keep her very short anyway so I can find ticks. We live in a tick infested area and Ehrlichiosis is epidemic. Per my vet who is also a chiropractor digging is one of the best exercises for a dog. For the first time in my life, I am grateful to have moles so that Mia can have so much fun.
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Go get em Mia! Willow will chase critter but I haven't seen her dig for moles. My corgi did however.
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Go get em Mia! Willow will chase critter but I haven't seen her dig for moles. My corgi did however.
The funniest thing is that my yorkie (master mole killer who was bred to hunt vermin) now follows Mia all over the yard because she is better at finding them than him!!!! He is so jealous when she gets a mole too!
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She probably has a better nose, but I expect she learned the hunting skill from the Yorkie. None of ours do anything like that, but I'm sure most would if they knew it was possible.
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This is not a problem we have, thankfully! But if we did, it would require some kind of intervention!
I have to ask what that cute puppy has in her mouth? Is that a mole?
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She probably has a better nose, but I expect she learned the hunting skill from the Yorkie. None of ours do anything like that, but I'm sure most would if they knew it was possible.
Thanks Tom. I do think she has the better nose and I hate to say it but a better brain too!!! My yorkie is pure adrenaline when he gets the slightest whiff of a mole, all brawn and no brain! Mia is the brains behind the operation and I think he knows it.
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This is not a problem we have, thankfully! But if we did, it would require some kind of intervention!
I have to ask what that cute puppy has in her mouth? Is that a mole?
Yes that is a mole that my sweet Mia is proudly displaying. It is hard to intervene when she is having the time of her life! Needless to say...we do not have the best looking yard in the neighborhood. I think the dogs do more damage to the yard getting the moles than the moles do to it! My husband said to let her go...Mia is so sweet...she could never kill a mole! Obviously he was wrong as in the past two weeks she has killed two of them and found two others that my yorkie killed!
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OMG! I've never seen a mole. My little Hav would be cut off immediately from engaging in such activities. Ok, well, he is not allowed out in my (fenced) yard due to a BIG Diamond Back Rattlesnake that has taken up residence in a hole in my neighbors' yard which is very close to my tiny yard.
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refocus your hav's attention to indoor squeaky toys!
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LOL!!! This is Hysterical. We have moles and Patti, too, has tried to dig them up. I never in this world thought she might actually find one. She does like to dig. Good to know digging is good exercise but I'd rather her not do it. We've, also, had friends offer to pay for Patti to come to their house and dig up the moles. Those things are hard to get rid of.
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