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Woof Wednesday: Coyotes, Frisbees and Annoying Dogs

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Frisbee fetch is nirvana to the Magical-dawg.

 

My Magical-Dawg loves to run. I’ve lost weight since we got him, just trying to keep up. We have 13+ acres in N Texas, most of it pasture but about four acres in trees and scrubby “schtuff” that can’t be mowed. Every morning we patrol the spread and the dawg-type turns into a nose-with-legs to inhale every bit of nuance he can.

Throughout the day, we take Frisbee-Breaks but stick to the front pasture. He heads out before me and waits for the first throw, dancing doggy joy until he can snatch it from flight. I run Magic up and down the length of the property as many as a dozen times until his tongue drags in the dirt—so I can work without interruption for another brief stint. We’ve got it down to a science. I take three Frisbees, and he must bring the thrown one back before the next gets lobbed—and on the final pass, he brings ‘em back while I hold the two reserves down with my foot. While he’s shoveling them into hi mouth, I can get the leash back on.

He’s not a fan of the leash, but it’s necessary.

The property was nicknamed “Rabbit Hill” by the old timers, and still fosters cottontails by the dozens. I’ve seen wild turkeys, lots of armadillos, aka ginormous pill bugs, and even a few bobcats. But coyotes rule. They especially rule early mornings, and dusk.

Yesterday late afternoon when we headed out for our Frisbee-Break, Magical-dawg raced away before I got out of the doorway. A coyote had DARED to stomp on his pasture! Off he went to give the cheeky devil what-for. . . and as Magic’s black tail disappeared into the scrubby “sctuff” beyond the pasture, a second coyote appeared and raced after him. Oh. My. Heavens.

Now, Magic loves his Frisbee. About the only thing that trumps Frisbee-Fetch is a car ride–honk the horn and he’ll come running from anywhere. But chasing a coyote trumps all. I didn’t bother trying to call him back, just gathered up the remaining toys and trotted after, listening for howls, snarls, or other doggy celebratory shindigs.

After one call at the edge of the property, here came the oh-so-proud Magical-Dawg (GOOD boy!), tongue dragging the dirt and tail wagging with satisfaction. I handed him his Frisbees, and clipped on the leash. And then he dragged me back over the rest of the 13 acres to track where the coyotes had been, all the while toting those precious toys.

Did I mention the leash really hisses him off?

We adore dogs even though we whine about their behavior. After all, we’re “perfect” owners so why do Max and Fluffy bark at all hours, gnaw the kid’s new shoes, or (gasp!) hump the Pastor’s leg?

While aggravating dog habits make owners show their teeth, clueless humans also raise the dog’s blood pressure. Here’s my latest Paw Nation article about 7 common things you do that make your dog howl. By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways in which she’s bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room’s authors. 

Okay, I told you mine now you tell me yours—what hisses off your pets?

Woofs & wags,

amy

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant, award winning author, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

2 responses »

  1. Kathy Diamond Davis

    I don’t think I’ve seen my dog Worthy mad about anything! He is my assistance/service dog, a black Standard Poodle. One thing I learned about Standard Poodles after I got him has turned out to be an incredible blessing to me. They have a non-stop sense of humor! Worthy is also very calm about noises and such.

    He does get overexcited by passing motorcycles, bicycles, romping young children, skateboards, and dogs he sees on walks. It took me awhile to be sure, but none of this is aggression. He just loves all these things a bit too much! We’re working through it, and it’s going great.

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    • Hi Kathy, Thanks for visiting the blog! I think the Standards are my favorite Poodles (shh, don’t tell anyone *s*) and they really do seem to have a sense of humor. The other day while riding in the Magic-Mobile, my dawgie went absolutely nuts–turns out, a motorcycle (one of those really noisy ones) was right behind us. He’d seen them before passing by the car, or driving down the road past our house but this one WAS CHASING US! He calmed quickly but was still quite watchful. At least he’s not offered to chase any of the cyclist or riders on the road by our house…as long as they don’t carry Frisbees, they’re safe!

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