Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Woodchuckinator!

(Originally posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 by Tim)

Well, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that Cat seems to be training Modi that the painful shocking sensation he feels when he charges the fence is a bad thing and that he should stay 2 to 3 feet away from it. I really didn't think that the shock collar was going to work. When we first put it on him, he just charged into the fence anyway and ignored it. Cat decided that he needed to be taught that it was the proximity to the fence that caused the shock and not something else. Here's what I think was going on in Modi's head:

Must bite dog!
Must bite dog!
Must bite dog!
ZAP! Hmmm, experiencing pain but in fight so this is nothing new. ZAP!
Must bite dog!
Must bite dog!
Must bite dog!

Now you could give him points for being tough, but he pretty much loses all the fights he gets into so he's gotta lose more points for being several slices short of a full loaf.

That was the good news. The bad news is that TY caught the woodchuck that was living in our backyard today. Cat and I were there for the whole experience. TY found it in the bushes near the fence and probably broke its back in the first second or so. Modi and Sam joined in while Cat and I tried to break everything up. On the dog side, we pretty much had no injuries except a scratch on Modi's nose. Needless to say we were a bit disturbed by the whole experience. We pretty much think of the dogs as adorable (in a neurotic sort of way) and it's a little bit upsetting to have them kill another animal in front of you.

I was thinking of posting a recipe today, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow. For now, I'll just leave you with the score.



Sam-All the bed

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