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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have a bunny killer on my hand . . .

What to do, what to do! This is the third litter a rabbit has made in our backyard this season. We didn't know about this newest litter until a few days ago, when all of a sudden I heard a squealing sound and saw Luna running around with something in her mouth. She finally came to the back door with her new toy in mouth and I finally got her to drop it. It was either the food in my hands she wanted or her new toy. She dropped it and I got her in the house. We have even put up green fencing around the nest, which keeps expanding, but the little ones get scared and jump about and Luna will end up grabbing one.

Sweet little Luna has become a baby bunny serial killer! How do we keep these rabbits from coming into our yard? Seems like we're the only ones or a select few that don't use chemicals on our lawn. We don't see them hanging around in our neighbor's yards. Is there really a way of keeping rabbits out of one's yard? We're successful with the vegetable garden, but now the yard? They squeeze in between the 2" picket fencing.

Okay, I'm getting over today's episode.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 02:13 PM
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I'm not sure how to stop the bunny's from coming into your yard or how to stop the bunny killer

I think Missy had this happen? I know someone here had their dog bring a dead rabbit home. I'm lucky my guys are afraid of anything that moves, even bugs.





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Try sprinkling bloodmeal near the entry point. Poor baby bunnies I know my grandmother would love to borrow Luna as she has had it with the bunnies eating her garden lol.
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Sylvia, I couldn't in my wildest imagination visualise Luna, the Little Bunny Killer! Lucky you that Dickson hasn't joined the hunting party!

I hope the little bunnies keep safe!

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Oh, that is hard to see. I have no idea how to help. Luna is just doing what comes naturally. Your co-op might have some idea with out the poison on your lawn.

My DS has a Standard Poodle that kills kittens. The wild cats in the woods come to their barn for mice, get to close; Babe sees them and wants to play. End of kitten. He has tried everything. He is tired of punishing her and said it is up to the cats to stay away.

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My prior dog caught a rabbit. I managed to let it go alive. I am quite sure george would do the same when he grows up a bit. Its nature so no blame for Luna. As far as keeping them away thats about impossible. I hate to sound mean but there are plenty of wild rabbits out there. My sister tried for years to keep them out of her garden, even giving them food in aother place. She tried every recommended deterrent and even old wives tales stuff with no luck. Even when she put wire around it they managed to get it. Also destroyed bushes and flowers. I have no real sympathy for wild rabbits although I know they are just trying to survive.
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oh, it was the worst feeling in the world! Cash caught a full grown rabbit. He was flipping it over and shaking it like it was a toy. DH got a shovel and got the rabbit. I dragged Cash (kicking and screaming) inside. Jasper was hiding behind a planter. We thought he was dead, but apparently he was just stunned and hopped away under the fence. But Cash was totally focused on where the rabbit disappeared to for 3 days.

A friend of mine has this print called Lurcher and Rabbit. A Lurcher Dog is a usually a mixed breed dog bred to catch rabbits... Most are crossed between greyhounds and terriers...But in this print...it looks like a little Cash look alike. To this I day I still call Cash Lurcher sometimes.




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OMG those poor little bunnies, but Luna must be so proud of herself. I'm so glad Buster has never shown interest in chasing things. I would freak out if he killed a bunny.

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oh, it was the worst feeling in the world! Cash caught a full grown rabbit. He was flipping it over and shaking it like it was a toy. DH got a shovel and got the rabbit. I dragged Cash (kicking and screaming) inside. Jasper was hiding behind a planter. We thought he was dead, but apparently he was just stunned and hopped away under the fence. But Cash was totally focused on where the rabbit disappeared to for 3 days.

A friend of mine has this print called Lurcher and Rabbit. A Lurcher Dog is a usually a mixed breed dog bred to catch rabbits... Most are crossed between greyhounds and terriers...But in this print...it looks like a little Cash look alike. To this I day I still call Cash Lurcher sometimes.
(My highlights)

So who was kicking and screaming? You or Cash?

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I have been keeping this story bottled up for a long time, and I will continue to keep the most gory details to myself, but a brief outline would be...4 dogs and 1 big fat rabbit inside the rabbit fence in the back yard...rabbit too fat to make it back out some how...and you know how the fence has those little squares...uggg..
Lets just say that a small caliber hand gun had to become involved because I didn't know what else to do.

You have NEVER seen bigger smiles than on those adrenaline/blood fueled pups as they came running up the deck stairs. That was also the day I wished none of my dogs were white!
I KNOW they were just being dogs (and obviously Lily, with her bit of Schnauzer is the closest thing to a terrier, cuz she knew what she was doing!) but what a deeply horrific sight!

ewwwwwwwwwwww
Beverly

PS, Missy, I love Lurcher!!!

"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"
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