We have two pets right now, a ten pound male cat fully clawed - a great mouser and occasional bird catcher.
The other is a five month old American Eskimo puppy, about 13 pounds right now - a great finger chewer and hot-wheel mangler.
We also have the friendly neighborhood hawk bird that lives up in the sky and preys on other flying birds. This hawk has killed land dwelling birds too. Such as the chicken it be-headed a couple of years ago when we kept such creatures in the yard. You know when a hawk is involved because there are feathers every damn where in the yard and the chicken’s head is missing, plus the neighbors saw the hawk leaving the scene of the crime. It also did this to a morning dove in the neighbors yard right under their play set swing, which is now an area of extreme distress for their child. No one saw the hawk get the morning dove but you can guess who found the remains. If you guessed their dog you were correct, and if you guessed that their daughter saw the dog with the decapitated bird in it’s mouth you were doubly correct.
I don’t know how this works, but the hawk seems to like other birds mostly. I haven’t seen any rabbit, mouse, opposum (or any other marsupial for that matter), racoon, weasel, or bear carcasses on the grass so I’m assuming the hawk likes to rip the heads off of just other birds for some reason.
So, we have a flying head ripping off predator living in the sky above our house.
Our beer swilling neighbors (whom I love dearly because they are never out of beer, ever - there could be 75 people at their back yard BBQ pounding beer after beer and they’d still somehow manage to have a case of beer in the fridge the next morning) seem to think this bird could take our dog. They claim they’ve seen (sober) the bird up close and abserved this flying death machine to be about 18 inches tall with about a 5 foot wing span.
Here’s my well reasoned response to that;
I’m guessing since the cat is outside most of the time and catches his own birds that he is competing with the hawk. If the hawk was upset by this you’d think he’d do something about it if he could, so I’m assuming he can’t. Therefore I give the edge to the cat. I think the hawk is afraid of Moo-Cow (the kids named it).
I also know that the dog can take the cat, at least in play fighting. I give the cat the edge in a death match because of the claw factor, but the dog has a very thick coat of fur and claws don’t work effectively unless they strike meat so, maybe the dog would win. It does have a more effective mouth than the cat and sharper teeth. Plus the dog weighs a few pounds more and is still growing so maybe the dog wins a short fight. They get along pretty well so we’ll probably never have the fortune of finding out.
So, in the end, I’m pretty sure Penny (the dog) is safe from the hawk. I believe the hawk would choose to go after something more ‘easily obtainable’ than a 13 pound fuzzball with teeth.
Although we give our pets whimpy names and the hawk’s name is probably something like Mason Winchester III, or Duke of Decapitation I believe strongly that our pets are too dumb to know that in real-life, if they were humans, this would be a death sentence for them.
What say ye?