Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rescuing Spring from the Jaws of Death

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Spring

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Rescue Squad

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Jaws of Death

Moral of the story: If your dog learns no other command, learning "DROP IT!!" should be the one he does learn.

This has been a Spring-in-Tennessee Public Service Announcement.


74 comments:

  1. Living in New Mexico we have a ton of these little guys hanging around, my dog has yet to get a hold of one but he has dragged my son down the street trying!

    Happy Spring to you...and yours!

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  2. i completely agree with the importance of "drop it"...
    it's one of my top two.
    the other being "leave it".
    (just in case one of the girls drops a much anticipated - by the dog - food particle that is the last of it's kind in the house and i know a cryfest will ensue if it's gobbled up.)
    and it's a fun trick to show friends.

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  3. jen, I am inadvertently always too late for LEAVE IT, but I agree!
    xo,AM

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  4. Thanks for the reminder- need to work on that one with a killer I mean beagle mix that likes to catch birds.
    No bunnies so far (I babysat a nest last summer for a week until they all hopped safely away- but seriously what crazy mom builds a nest in the middle of backyard full of dogs and kids??)

    Between the crazy dogs and the neighborhood hawk..... nature is sometimes brutal!

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  5. what a lovely rescue squad! ..and the Jaws of Death is actually kinda cute, too. ;)
    hoppy spring!

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  6. I haven't seen any baby bunnies yet. Hopefully we will though.

    Love the rescue squad and the bunny is precious!

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  7. So glad the rescue squad was there! Baby bunnies are just the cutest. Years ago my cat was the jaws of death and unfortunately the rescue squad didn't make it in time :(

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  8. Awww...we found a baby bunny when we were kids. We named it Filly and it escaped in the house and hid under the stove for days...finally we got it out and let it go. It came to our yard to eat leftover vegetables and such for years afterwards.

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  9. OMG!!! that is the sweetest bunny i have ever seen!!!
    just darling!
    oxoxoxo,
    jessi

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  10. Oh dear ! All most the end... that bunny must have 9 lifes.

    I don't know if I could have done it with the same sucess with my dogs.

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  11. Anonymous11:11 AM

    I call them gifts from my pup when she brings me critters. She keeps her mouth very soft and then I tell her to drop it and she does. This morning she brought me a dried up rodent, Tucson's sun is heating up quickly, and the possiblity of her getting sick is also and issue. I am so glad you saved the bunny!
    marianne

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  12. Hmmm, I think sweet Leo just might need a hug from Nani this weekend--even if it does add to the misery of spring-time allergies.

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  13. Oh, just look at that handful of sweetness! I hope the jaws of death didn't do it any harm. And I hope the jaws of death weren't too disappointed at having to DROP IT ;-)

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  14. good luck with the new addition to your family... hee hee

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  15. It is so great that you take pictures of these moments of life. Great moment!

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  16. aawwww, poor little bunny! So glad that rescue squad was there to help! And jaws of death...we have one of those too. She normally goes after squirrels if she can. Thankfully, none have gotten snagged...

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  17. Anonymous12:32 PM

    Thanks for posting that picture of the sweet baby bunny. I am glad it was rescued and the photo made my day! Spring is in the air!

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  18. Terriaw1:32 PM

    looks like a bit of a guilty look on the doggie's face -and relief on the bunny's face. whew.

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  19. that post made me laugh out loud...
    jaws of death...looks pretty sweet(sleeping)just glad that it was a happy ending for little spring...
    {cute}

    K

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  20. Awww, that bunny is too cute and you know that innocent pup was just looking for a friend...of course he meant no harm ;)

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  21. Your dog looks as sweet and soft as the bunny in this photo (I have such a weakness for labs!).

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  22. Anonymous2:16 PM

    But your dog looks so innocent! And the designer dog bed- did you make it with your fabrics? Looks so comfy! My dogs would love one!

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  23. Oh my goodness, as I look at these photos yet again for the umpteenth time, the gentleness in that rough- and-tumble boy's hands is quite amazing.

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  24. What great pictures. Leo looks like my Luke in time out.

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  25. Oh my gosh! Baby bunnies might the cutest thing ever! Besides babies of course!

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  26. Anonymous2:56 PM

    On Tuesday I found two brand new baby ducks in the parking lot of my place of employment. I was to late with the thrid one, sadly. I still wonder where mama was. I took the babies to Lindsey Wildlife hospital. I know they will be well cared for.

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  27. Last spring, my mom's pack of six West Highland White Terriers unearthed a bunny nest in her backyard. "Drop it" did not work for one of the babies, but 3 were saved.

    And of course, my mom was going out of town for the weekend to a dog show. So...I had a large plastic tub sitting on a heating pad with 3 itty bitty baby bunnies living in my downstairs bathroom for three days.

    This meant hand-feeding them baby rice cereal and goats milk out of a plastc syringe every 3 hours. I felt like I was a new mom again and had a newborn in the house needing to nurse!

    I am happy to say that Willow, Brown Leaf, and Dandelion were sucessfully reunited with the mama bunny (she came looking for them) about a week later and were seen every so often after that.

    Be thankful you aren't having to feed and shelter the one your team rescued today!

    Caroline

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  28. Now, by looking at the jaws of death photo, I get the impression on the sweetest dog ever! I have an Airdale Terrier called Canela, and although she's the must adorable dog, "drop it" isn't anywhere close to her canine vocabulary. Everytime you catch her hunting she throws the sweetest look at you! Guess you can't blame her much, it's in their nature. I'm glad you got to save the bunny!
    I enjoyed reading this post!!

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  29. We have 5 greyhounds. With my 3 I use "leave it." With his 2 I resort to screaminig [dog name] NO! and scaring them half to death before they can reach the small furry creature. So far, we've been lucky (or I've been scary enough). ;-).

    Love the Labbie. I grew up with them and have a very soft spot for yellows.

    Kris

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  30. What fun pictures to see. We just brought home a 7 month golden lab over the weekend. It's an adventure. He looks so much like your little critter. Thanks for the 'drop it' advise. side note:I'm hoping to see you in Portland! Can't wait to see your line of fabrics.

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  31. This whole post just gave me the best giggle of the day, no actually the best giggle(s) were when I downloaded your Crafsanity podcast and listened to it throughout the day. It was great! Inspiring, funny - just all around fabulous. You have fantastic spirit - and it shines through what you produce! Thanks to you and Jennifer too for a great listen.

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  32. Wow, I can't believe the Jaws of Death listened. I would want to pick it up and play with it too. So cute and calm looking. Maybe it's half dazed from the drop.

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  33. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Omg i cant belive that little bunny-bunny
    you rock rescue team!!;):):)

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  34. robin zingone7:43 PM

    I love your dog!!!

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  35. Cute bunny, is he hurt?

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  36. Oh my word! that is just the cutest thing!glad he wasnt hurt!

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  37. Glad the bunny was spared!

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  38. Beautiful bunny - bravo for the rescue!

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  39. I think the bunny was a bit dazed which allowed the kids hold it for a little while. Then she (he?) quickly decided she was fine and hopped off. And hopped in a straight line, so I think she's okay :) That rascal-y dog did have a soft hold on it when he proudly brought it to me.

    All this only to find the kids using Leo in the front yard yesterday to try and locate the bunnies....fortunately they had no luck with that.

    xo,Anna

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  40. Oh, what a cute little bunny, are y'all going to keep him? I have a beagle and while she has killed a few moles, she hasn't harmed any of our squirrels.

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  41. Yours is a good dog. Mine will drop/leave things but only if I yell alot. She's killed a couple of baby possums (which aren't nearly as cute as bunnies) and tried to kill larger possums twice her size. Dachshunds are stubborn.

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  42. Drop it. Leave it. Go. These are a few of my favorite commands.

    All involved in this spring rescue are heart achingly adorable.

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  43. LOL! Yes, "drop it" and "leave it" are key commands in our house too. Your dog does look just too sweet. He's a retriever though, I'm sure he was holding that little bunny in a soft mouth.

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  44. Ah, King Leo....what a good boy! Love the story and the pictures....so cute!

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  45. YOu are so right about the "drop it" command.

    Btw ... *hits head* I just realized you have material named "the drawing room" and I just named my craft room that very name without even knowing you had a material by the same name! Well I think me needs to get some of your Material! *hugs*

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  46. Yikes this happened to us too but our bunny was not so lucky! Cute little thing. I hope it does o.k.

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  47. OMG! Iam totally imagining that huge dog carring that tiny bunny around in his mouth. Not good.
    I had a bunny for a while (it was crazy! and missing a toe) and my dog would chase it all over the yard. Luckily his legs are too short for good running so he could never catch it. HA.

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  48. when i was little, i found a bunny just like that in my yard one day, but sadly, i was too late for a "rescue." it was a tragic event for me...with unfortunate timing. it was, afterall, Easter morning when i found the little guy. :( so glad this bunny didn't share the same fate as my "Easter" bunny!

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  49. What a wonderful rescue!! We have had some tragic events with baby animals in the spring. I bet your kids are thrilled!!

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  50. jaws of death is dreaming about finding more spring tomorrow. i don't read any remorse on that face.

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  51. Ha! What a great post!

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  52. Oh how precious!!!

    We had a bunny nest in our back yard last year and I got some adorable pictures of the babies! They're so precious!

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  53. Notice the nonchalance in Jaws of Death? It's always the innocent looking ones...

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  54. phew! That was close!

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  55. And the dog looks so innocent. :)

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  56. What a sweet bunny! We had a similar incident a couple of years ago, but the Spring in South Carolina PSA would add, when the first dog responds to "drop it," make sure the second (less intelligent) dog isn't standing nearby. Our story did not end as well, I'm afraid. Glad your bunny is OK!

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  57. My dad (unintentionally) taught our dog that when he said "drop it" that would mean he would chase her. Unfortunately she liked to twirl my mom's sewing pins in her mouth. Amazingly she never got hurt. So, when I got a dog of my own "drop it" was something he definitely learned. At least your jaws of death are under your command.

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  58. That is one cute rescue squad.

    Our dog had a frog not too long ago, and before we could get "drop it" out of our mouths... gulp. She'll eat anything.

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  59. When we "found" our sweet dog, Shelby, she was thin and covered in ticks. She has evidently had pups before. She has brought BABIES of all kinds into our home. She never harms them. I think it's her mommy instincts kicking in. Love the little bunny and your JAWS!

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  60. Oh, poor "jaws of death". After all the effort to catch it he hears the wrong words; "drop it!". I bet he was waiting for the "good boy" ones!
    lol...

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  61. Good thing this ended happy!!!!! My dog didn't get the meaning of drop it when she chased one of our adorable baby ducklings :(

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  62. At least you just have bunnies roaming. My dog is bound and determined to protect the yard from the deer that seem to wander down here. And the groundhogs! (which could be nasty). We did teach her "leave it" but I think that might be difficult if a little bunny came hopping across the yard. Too much temptation for her!!

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  63. "drop it" is big in our house, though it is usually refering to a flip flop, a sock, or a bra....times three dogs...

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  64. Must be bunny season! My cats cornered one a few days ago! So precious.

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  65. I must say I think that you are fibbing about jaws of death. He doesn't look guilty of anything at all! :-) HHmmmm..sort of the same with my yellow...always so innocent. And..I do love the dog bed..maybe you, could put forth a pattern for it????!!! In your spare time, I meant.

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  66. Oh, lucky bunny. Retrievers and Labs do have a soft mouth. My jack russell terror/terrier on the other hand does not. Even if he obeys the 'drop' command, it's likely whatever he had (bird/bunny/squirrel) won't live long after being held in his tight little jaw even when it looks like he's just lightly holding it. I learned all about dog mouths when I took a baby robin to a bird sanctuary. I'm glad your story ends on a happier note!

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  67. You don't think the dog would hurt it do you? I hate the circle of life. Drives me nuts:) However, what a cute bunny and a cute puppy, too...even if he is like Jaws!

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  68. What a sweet bunny! Jaws looks a bit guilty or disappointed! My daughter "saved" one from a lawn mower 2 years ago, and we still have Thumper! We've tried to release him, but he won't leave. Best of luck with your new baby bunny!

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  69. That little bunny is adorable! Great photos!

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