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    This morning our cat delighted us by bringing a live rat into the bedroom. I knew she'd been killing rats because Friday morning I had to clean up some vomit with one intact rat leg, a tail and an unidentified organ in it.

    Anywho, so there's the cat with the rat and I'm so blase about these things these days that I didn't immediately interrupt what I was doing (I was on the phone and on a mission). And to be honest, I had no idea what to do with this rat anyway. They freak me out and it's a fair way from my bedroom to the backdoor. And I don't want to have rats in the yard either.

    So eventually - still on the phone - I tell my daughter to go get the dog. Wrong, I know, but my previous dog was very skilled at finishing off small animals. Even faster than my wrench on the back of the neck technique. So Banjo walks into the room, finally sees the now already injured rat, has a suspicious look at it from a distance... and just leaves the room and retreats to the backyard!

    By the time I finally put the phone down, the cat had helped the poor rat out of its misery...

    Banjo will chase anything that moves, but I have seen her meet baby birds and just gently nuzzle them. It is good to know that she isn't inclined to kill. My previous dog definitely was and although it was handy if it was a wild mouse or rat and acceptable if it was a wild rabbit, it was a worry when she chased native wildlife. Or pets!

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    I wish my dogs wouldn't kill things! Dodge hunts rabbits, she kills them with one bite and then runs around throwing them 2 metres in the air
    And Koda has killed the occasional rabbit but he doesn't actually go looking for them, but he gets all the things the cats kill and plays with them! :/ its really annoying cause he hides them and weeks later he brings them out again and they're all shrivelled up and gross... -_-

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    My previous dog only got the hang of killing rabbits in her old age. She was a hunting dog of sorts but she just ran around sticking her head into burrows and didn't even see most of the rabbits run away. Which was extra embarrassing if you know she was part sighthound. lol

    But when she got to about 8-9 and could barely be bothered chasing them anymore, she got the hang of stalking them near their burrow and pouncing at the right time.

    At least dogs kill fast. Grab, shake and it's over. We don't really like our cat much today. But we'll get over it.

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    Sammy caught the neighbour's free range pet rabbit a couple of times. I told them I was worried he was going to kill it, but they said it was worth the risk for their rabbit to have the freedom it desired. Yeah well, it used this 'freedom' to come into my yard, dig burrows everywhere and eat my veggie patch. So I wasn't entirely upset when I came out to find Sammy with the thing between his paws. He had plucked one side of it and it was stiff as a board. I was sure it was dead and I wasn't looking forward to telling the neighbours (they had 2 young children). However they weren't home so my thoughts were to put it in a box in the shed and wait for them to return. They came home maybe 2 hours later but when I went to get the rabbit, it had come back to life and seemed perfectly fine, well except for being naked on one side. Like I didn't check it for a pulse or anything but it seriously looked dead, eyes open, stiff, didn't seem to be breathing and yet 2 hours, right back to normal. Zombie rabbit...

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    Lol at the zombie rabbit!

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    You're lucky Beloz, mine is like a terminator in the form of a cutesy prissy looking dog. She's friendly to cats, but anything smaller than a cat will be hunted and killed. Birds, rabbits, mice, rats, possums, nothing is safe. I took her off lead to a hardware store the other day (the owner has an old staffy that follows the customers around), she disappeared behind the shelves and came out with a twitching fresh dead rat in her mouth. I wouldn't mind but it usually falls to me to dispose of the various carcasses.

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    The only thing my dogs have managed to kill are the neighbours chickens and a few slow birds! Really wish they wouldn't though! Lol

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    Nero chases rabbits and roos and chooks and cats and anything that moves - but I don't think he is really interested in catching them. The one time he actually got a roo, it must have been either sick or just bored by this game because it didn't run away and since it wasn't running Nero didn't know what to do with it. So they just stared at each other... until Nero came back to me with his tail between his legs.

    I really wouldn't mind him eating all those feral rabbits that have family gatherings in my veggie patch. But even when he chases them and they fail to see him coming (and he would actually have a chance of getting them!!!) e politely barks to alert the rabbit, so the rabbitt can run off and he can chase. Only chase. Never catch.

    He wouldn't even kill the extremely fat mouse that lived quite comfortably under our washing machine for a year or so. This little shit specialised in dogfood, ignoring our traps. It used to come out under the washing at feeding time, climbing into Neros foodbowl right under his nose and stuff its little face. Nero had nothing to say to that. He would retreat to the laundry door and whine until someone came and chased the mouse away for him. We managed to catch the mouse after a year or so in a live trap. It was huge and life out in the wild must have come quite as a shock to the poor bugger. I almost felt sorry for him.

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    I had a dog many years ago once that ran a couple of chickens down and they died of fright. I felt very bad when I heard, and my then boyfriend said he would make it right ( the dog was with him at the time). The idiot bought 2 frozen chickens and offered them as reparation! He couldn't work out why this was not received well!

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    lol. I can just imagine Nero whining about the fat mouse eating his food again. Classic!

    Mind you, my old dog refused to go after the wild mice that visited our house too. They were too good at keeping cover and way too hard to catch. She killed a few of our pet mice though because they were stupid and knew no fear. But I had to use traps to get the wild ones.

    The JRT we used to take on walks with us was a killer too. But then she grew up on a farm and we heard she had been used on proper rabbit hunts.

    I wonder if it's nature or nurture. In any case, yes I praise myself lucky with Banjo not feeling inclined to kill.

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