Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Yappy little bastard


It takes nerve to chase a neighbor's terrified cat up a tree, watch him retrieve it at great personal risk and then lunge for it after he brings it down the ladder.

But that's Rocky.

Rocky is our neighbor's Jack Russell Terrier. As dogs go, he's cute, but if I could get him alone I'd shake him until his doggie brains rattle. He is so annoying. Usually he annoys me by standing at my back gate and barking his high-pitched little Jack Russell bark and then skulking away when I find the perfect thing to throw at him.

Today he annoyed our neighbors by chasing their cat, Ellie Mae, up a tree. It at least made for some good photos. I recommend enlarging the second one. The cat looks kind of funny being hauled off the branch.

I don't know why my next door neighbors even let Rocky hang out at their place. He belongs to the guy next door, and has already eaten several of their cats. They just keep replacing them with bigger cats. I guess Rocky will learn when they bring home a mountain lion.

Of course, that's if the coyotes don't get him first. They've been moving into the area pretty steadily and two nights ago three of them drug a deer carcass into our other neighbor's yard and got into a horrific fight over it.

Now there's buzz about forming a Coyote Hunting Party, given the imminent threat the wild canines represent to smaller animals, such as their cats and Rocky.

Personally, I think the hunting party should use Rocky as bait, but they probably won't go for it. Even if they did, he'd probably survive. Little, annoying dogs are remarkably resilient, especially shifty-eyed cat-killing little bastards like Rocky.

17 comments:

way2much said...

I had a Jack Russel for all of 2 days. My friend rescued it from somewhere. I took it temporarily until my sister in law can move to FL with him.

Talk about little bastards! This thing had the nerve to attack my docile Siberian Husky and "Wolf" just whimpered as "Jack" bit his hind legs and jumped on his back!

I was so glad to get rid of that animal! "Wolf" is much happier now too, as far as Jack - no one knows where he is, my sister-in-law threw him out on his a$$.

way2much said...

I had a Jack Russel for all of 2 days. My friend rescued it from somewhere. I took it temporarily until my sister in law can move to FL with him.

Talk about little bastards! This thing had the nerve to attack my docile Siberian Husky and "Wolf" just whimpered as "Jack" bit his hind legs and jumped on his back!

I was so glad to get rid of that animal! "Wolf" is much happier now too, as far as Jack - no one knows where he is, my sister-in-law threw him out on his a$$.

JohnR said...

They 'drug' a deer carcass.

Is that a southern thing?

JohnR

way2much said...

why did my comment post twice? sorry about that - feel free to delete one!

dlkjdfsa said...

I noticed it D...D... when I hit the refresh button after posting within the same window.

thimscool said...

If that dog killed one of my cats it would simply disappear.

prettylady said...

Yes, 'drug' is indeed a Southern thang.

If a dog killed one of my cats, I would call my brother. My brother would make the bad doggie disappear, yep, you betcha.

Coyotes and cat-killing dogs. Morgan, I'm sorry to say that your neck of the woods is no longer even a potential bolt-hole, when they drop the dirty bomb on Manhattan. Even though my cats are useless at vermin-hunting, they are still my babies.

dlkjdfsa said...

"when they drop the dirty bomb on Manhattan"

PL I think you need a vacation.

Morgan said...

"Morgan, I'm sorry to say that your neck of the woods is no longer even a potential bolt-hole,"

I tried to tell you, PL ;-)
Of course, dog-killing cats can be found anywhere, even in the city. And the coyotes are a relatively new development here in our neck of the woods. I've written several articles on the influx of them into the area and from what the biologists say, once they get a toehold they're impossible to eradicate.

The migration into the area may be partially natural, but the fox hunters are largely to blame for smuggling them in to train their hounds.

We can hear their sing-song howls across the road frequently now, and see them slinking through the fields. I don't think I'd mind it if they cut the deer herds, but their taste for housepets is a concern. They also displace red foxes, which really bothers me. We used to have tons of red foxes here. Since the coyotes have come in I haven't seen one.

Way2Much, I almost bought a Jack Russell before I got my first corgi and was fortunate enough to find an honest breeder who told me JR's and small animals don't mix. They're just too hard-wired to kill small animals, since they were bred to go after small game. I've had people say that JR's and cats can co-exist, but the breeder told me she had JR's that lived peacefully with her cats for years until just grabbing one in front of her and shaking it to death.

Morgan said...

"If that dog killed one of my cats it would simply disappear."

He should have, but out neighbors are in denial that Rocky is responsible for their cats' deaths, even though we saw it happen when they were on vacation.

They "like" Rocky and say he "plays" with the cats when he comes over, but what they're seeing is modified prey behavior. You'd have to be really dim not to be disturbed by the way the dog looks at those cats, and I just shook my head yesterday when they got the cat out of the tree and just dismissed it when the dog lunged at it again.

Part of the problem is that when we tried to warn them about Rocky years ago, they denied there would ever be a problem, so they chose to believe coyotes got the cats than to admit being wrong.

Personally, I'd rather be wrong than have my cats killed, but that's just me.

Billy D said...

My folks had a JRT for a while. What a nutty hyper crazy thing! They were warned beforehand, but they didn't listen. It eventually attacked my dad and they had to hae it put down.
I like my Scottie, thanks.

Morgan said...

We have Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Billy, and they are good little dogs. They have a scrappy edge to them but are smart and loyal. We have three puppies right now and I need to post some pictures of them on the blog.

Way2Much said...

I think I am going to post a picture of my "Wolf" on my blog - good idea Morgan! I am trying to bring color into it! But I am still shaky on this whole blogging thing! Have to play around with it. My cousin wants to know when I sleep! I get addicted to some things easily - mainly technology!

I think JRTs became more popular with the FRASIER sitcom. No one realized how difficult the actor (dog) really was. They just saw a cute little dog.

"What a nutty hyper crazy thing!"

Don't make me laugh! It is so true, I was so exhausted after those 2 days of dog-sitting. I was like "good riddance!" I prefer big dogs, they are a bit calmer. My husky is beautiful but if you come to my house you would think I had carpeting instead of hard wood floors. I need to vacuum daily!

Wow - coyotes and foxes - I get intimidated by squirrels (!) and the racoons!

eaglewood said...

I for one will take my Aussie over any dog. He is smart beyond belief and easily the best looking dog I have ever had. He gets along well with the children which is good because he is an alpha. He is my dog though, he will turn belly up for me, but not the children. My wife likes corgis and I have considered getting her one in the future as a house dog. I just cannot afford anything more than a mutt right now.

Anonymous said...

Roland - Love is illogical.

Robert Sutton Q. does life love to live and is it morally right to love dogs and cats?

Life that is living must love to live or it would die. Dogs and cats make many human-livings interesting therefore it is logical to love them. Our pets are our nuclear family the wild cats are our once removed cousins. It is logical to love one's family because they are what gave life to you.

Morgan said...

Eaglewood, we have an old Aussie named Nikki and they really are the *best* family dogs you can get.
Ours held her ground one morning as I was coming out of one of our storage buildings. I yelled for her to move and when she finally - and reluctantly - did, she was straddling a 2-1/2 foot copperhead. I'd have surely stepped on it had she not shielded me.
Corgis are good, loyal dogs, too and make wonderful housepets. I've bred them for about seven years and will never be without one.

Morgan said...

"I think JRTs became more popular with the FRASIER sitcom. No one realized how difficult the actor (dog) really was. They just saw a cute little dog."

I first became interested in them after seeing one on "The Mask." Thank goodness I found a reputable breeder who was more interested in placing the dogs in suitable homes than making a buck.

Purebred dogs are programmed by breeding to do certain jobs. JRT's were bred with a strong hunting drive. That's not something I needed in a dog. My little herders come in handy, though.

And Way2Much, you're right about the hyper part. I picked up a co-worker's JRT from the groomers and it was like having the Tasmanian Devil riding shotgun in the car.