Saturday, May 11, 2013

George isn't a killer

When George had his adventure with the squirrel I was still in bed but Husband was making my early morning cup of tea so he witnessed it.

He'd let George out the front before returning to the kitchen to boil the kettle. No sooner had he closed the door than he heard George's frantic barking and, looking out of the kitchen window, he could see the reason for it: a squirrel on the bird feeder.

Squirrels usually leap from the feeder when they see George approaching and escape through the bushes but this one, having been taken unaware, panicked and tried to run back up the vertical wire. Husband described his attempts as being like what you see in cartoons where a character's feet are moving desperately but he's not getting anywhere. Meanwhile George was below leaping up at him and barking ferociously.

Next thing the squirrel falls to the floor and lands, flat on his back right in front of George. They're both dumbfounded. Then George goes into his front-down bottom-up 'let's go play' position. Eventually the squirrel pulls himself together and goes running off - hotly pursued by George. 'Yay, come on, I love a good game of chase.'

Husband brought me my cup of tea in bed and said, 'You'll be pleased to hear George isn't a killer.' 

As if I ever thought he would be.


CherryPie said...

I wonder if the squirrel will be back...

Furtheron said...

I'd never expect George to be anything other than a lover. :-)

Jay of the Depp Effect said...

Ha! If that had happened in our garden I think that squirrel would have been history - but probably not before he'd shredded my dogs good and proper, so I'm jolly glad it didn't happen here!

We had a little greyhound once who did the same, though. He looooved to chase things, but when he caught them, he just wanted them to play. Many a time we were alerted by frantic, deep-voiced barking in the garden only to find Jack with a front paw either side of a terrified hedgehog, playbowing to it and desperately trying to make it uncurl and play with him. He never could understand why they wouldn't!