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Old 04-16-2005, 11:10 PM
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before we had the big onyx blow out..i have had the priviledge of studying Victor as he stands like a statue in the yard..now i know exactly what he is doing. He freezes and remains that way so long that the squirrels and bird forget he is there..and they come back down to the ground and make it about half way into the yard before he shoots like a rocket after them. He is getting dangerously close to being successful. I am sure that is the pointer's instinct and reason for pointing..i know when i first saw my labrador quarter a field..something i never taught him, it was impressive ...and i think this is too. He is infinately patient, frozen in position and just a slight tremble to his flanks to keep you from thinking he is in a trance. Catching that injured squirrel has tripled his desire. I wish i knew a way to turn it down a bit, but at least DB the cat is finally getting a taste of her own medicine (she loves to hide and pounce on unsuspecting victims) and is up a tree a good deal of the time.. Oh it makes her so mad too. Victor did catch one dove at mom's last winter, but we thought it was an already injured one. If i feel he is getting to close to a success, i won't let him stand out there anymore for the bird's sake, but until then he is something to study..and be amazed at.
Reminds me of Lick Lick that went fishing for pigeons by flicking a few pieces of her food out of her bowl and then crouching until the dumb young birds pecked each one up right into her waiting jaws.. guess she liked her dinners raw.

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Old 04-16-2005, 11:24 PM
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Ha ha! Clever Vic! Dogs are really behaviorally beautiful animals. I love watching them just do their thing. I'm always fascinated by the sorts of things they do and figure out how to do all on their own.
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:30 PM
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CT i would give anything if you could see those big ol black eyes roll over to see if i see that squirrel getting closer and closer..nothing else shifts..it is such a human type of gesture.he glances at me..then stares straight ahead..then back at me..as if saying do you see it do you do you, right there ! see it? It took me awhile to get use to those dark egyptian looking eyes..so different from Bronki's round light colour. At first i thought Vic looked a bit sneaky then i got to know him better..and understood his eye talk. i do think that when he runs out the door at night he thinks "where did the light go" he looks totally bewildered at the darkness and it is funny to watch.
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Old 04-17-2005, 04:40 AM
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that's smart. Stand like a statue. hahahaha. Very patient dog.
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:57 AM
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What a clever boy!! We're getting quite a selection of smart dog's here! Gus herds, victor points, Shiva steals from the neighbours!!
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Old 04-17-2005, 08:10 AM
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Wow! That IS interesting...the natural behavior bred into these various breeds. It must indeed be fun to watch that. Your dog sounds very smart and would make a great hunting companion.

I get a real charge out of watching my Doberman do the things he does, so alert and watchful he is and ready to work. Sometimes he really looks like he's on a mission. When he trots around the perimeter of the property, I tell him "patrol," trying to teach him that word, like the two Dobes on Magnum PI. That's what Higgins says to those dogs...."Lads...patrol." LOL.
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:12 PM
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LOL! Those lads and the Ferrari were the only reasons I ever paused to watch that show! Great dogs and a fast car . . . although I do prefer fast cars that are dependable, lol. But a Ferrari does look soooo good even when sitting on the side of the road waiting for a rollback . . .

When Kharma's stalking she stands still like that, but in a partial crouch like a cat. The only movement is a slight ripple of the muscles in her flanks and a very feline twitch of the tip of her tail. She caught a big jackrabbit yesterday . . . Bimmer was very proud of her. He sat about 6 feet away from her while she ate and wouldn't let Shiva take it away from her.
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Old 04-17-2005, 04:11 PM
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a jack rabbit is a sizable creature! Can you imagine Vic and a jackrabbit? How tall are they again? I haven't seen one since i was at my dad's farm in Queencreek arizona..i know that they could jump the cotton plants with no effort.. did she swallow it whole? do you worry about parisites when they consume something like that..I looked out in the garden once to see Bronki flipping a baby cottontail in the air and down his gullet once..it amazed me because he loved the kittens so and never hurt a hair on their head, or the mouse that he licked soggy but didn't harm on Aaron's bed. maybe rabbits have a particularly appitizing odor. I would like to see Vic's face if he chased a jackrabbit..bet it would humble him to no end.
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Old 04-17-2005, 04:25 PM
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LOL... I, too, witnessed my Hunter doing such a thing. Although he would never hurt a flea. He was frozen in a stance out on the deck with a squirrel on the side of a tree close to him in the backyard. He was frozen in body stance, with his head cranked back towards me, but with his big dark eyes cranked around watching the squirrel. He finally sprang for it... majorily slow as usual

He's the one that spewed the live mouse out of his mouth yesterday
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