We have a 10-month-old golden, and desire to get a 2d pup to provide her the stimulation and canine companionship she seems to require.
On each of the past 2 days, Clover has maimed a young squirrel in our backyard. She doesn’t seem vicious - more like she is playing with them, and in the process injures them. Yesterday the squirrel was alive but its rear legs weren’t working, so I had to kill it and dispose of it. This a.m. my wife called me and said she had called the dog in just before heading to work, and saw she was tossing a squirrel about. Didn’t have time to dispose of it, so I have that to deal with when I get home. :rolleyes:
A couple of months ago she was playing with a baby bunny - which I killed as it was considerably the worse for wear. On all occsions she has not seemed at all violent, but a 50-pound dog using her mouth to play with a few-ounce rodent isn’t exactly an even match. On another occasion I found her chewing on what I think was the hind leg of a rabbit - tho on subsequent days I did not see any signs of the rest of the bunny (if you catch my drift!)
On one hand, I’m not too torn up over my dog killing rabbits and squirrels. We like to let her in the yard, as she seems to enjoy it. Heck, I’m pretty surprised she can even catch them, as she seems neither especially quick, clever, or quiet. So I think she is taking advantage of young and stupid beasts. Get those dumb genes outta the pool right now!
But on the other hand, I really would prefer not having to kill and dispose of small animals on a regular basis. And I’m a little concerned whether she would be too rough with a new puppy. But an 8-week 10+ pound pup is far more capable than a baby bunny/squirrel. And when we are thinking of getting the pup, we should be able to provide 24-hour supervision.