Friday, 8 February 2008

Bunny Running.....

Sweet? Don't be Fooled....

Bloody hell. Tilly has discovered the joy of chasing rabbits. A few days ago (those of a sensitive nature may wish to look away now) Tilly caught her first rabbit, and she's been intolerable since.

Gone are the heady days of lazily throwing a ball around for Tilly to retrieve, and no longer can I amble along without worrying what she might be up to. Now, the unfortunate likelihood is that she's disembowling a rabbit in front of an audience of traumatised children. Recall has gone out of the window, as a running rabbit is invariably more exciting than me, and the once favoured 'ball-on-rope' is now discarded at the first hint of bunny scent.

As a terrier, Prince was the ultimate rabbit-hunter. However, as a terrier, he also had rather short legs and a typically male 'blustering' approach that led to a relatively low chase to catch ratio. People always say that a good teacher will produce pupils who end up achieving more than they have, and if Prince has passed his rabbitting skills on to Tilly, with her long legs and incredible speed, the rabbit population of Cheshire is in big trouble.........

And finally, we've won another award!!! Thanks very much to AOJ and The Lurchers for presenting us with this award.....

Now - I'm male, lazy, and tired. So I'm going to pinch an idea from some other bloggers (who shall remane nameless....) and dedicate it to all those people whose blogs I read - because if they weren't all excellent, I wouldn't read them!

11 comments:

Meg said...

You know, didn't Patience theorize there was some possible Whippet in Tilly? I'm begininng to think the same thing myself. Clara says to tell Tilly she's envious, the only bunny she has caught is a "plastic bunny" while lure coursing...

Patience-please said...

I KNEW it!!! Woo-HOOOOO! Go Tilly! You totally ROCK! Wait til she tries to bring down a deer, and watch out for the neighbor's sheep.
Congrats on the award, it is most deserved.

Patience (and the whippets, too)

Chips said...

Go Tilly!

Go Tilly!

Beanz was only 6foot behind a fox last Friday but it got away. I would have helped but I was a bit slow off the mark.

We watch in admiration and envy. I have never actually caught anything. We're always close but no cigar. Well, Beanz caught a sheep once and just stood face to face with it once it stopped running. Tilly is our hero!*

Carlsberg is our ultimate hunter. She has brought home 2 rabbits. TJam was not impressed. She ate one and we released the other.

Well done for the award!

* Beanz was not wildly sheep chasing. A rogue one appeared in the woods one day where we didn't know sheep could get. TJam does not allow us off lead near sheep.

Flowerpot said...

yes, Moll is just the same if there's a rabbit - gone like the wind with no prospect of recall. Jion the club, G!

Lesley Rigby said...

Oh God, I can't stand anymore stress.......I must say I'm not looking forward to my next Tilly session at Tatton. Bring a deer down? Oh no!!!

Harry said...

Oh to be young and sprightly again! Well done Tilly! As for scaring children, I think they're far too mollycoddled nowadays. A bit of rabbit dissection never hurt anyone!

Toodle pip
Harry x

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Yay for Tilly!!

I have two Lurchers, the original poacher's dog, and they can't catch a rabbit between them. Too much Collie in them, so intelligence overtakes instinct!

handh said...

Look on the bright side, you've got a new source of dinners! (Providing you can train her to hand over the rabbits instead of disembowelling them of course...)

Linda Seid Frembes said...

Oh, no! She's gotten the taste for rabbit! As Herbie's mom said, perhaps you can train her to hand them over?

Joker The Lurcher said...

both joker and phoebe have muzzles on when they are off the lead for this very reason. they seem to know they can't catch anything with a muzzle on. before we had a muzzle for joker he brought down a huge deer and really badly injured it but didn't kill it so i had to get the rspca up to put it down (i used to have a friend who was a gamekeeper who would oblige at this sort of thing, but he rather thoughtlessly went to live in australia). i don't eat meat so i can't make much use of their hunting skills, and anyway,a huge deer hanging in the kitchen for a couple of weeks would put me off my food...

Fiona said...

Max, our Lab x caught a bird once. He ran along with the body in his mouth and the wings poking out either side of his mouth. Kids screaming a plenty. Guess I shouldn't laugh but it WAS funny :o)