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Premature Bunnilation [Jun. 4th, 2008|08:09 am]
Willow and Percy like to chase bunnies; I'm sure that comes as no surprise. Although, in truth it's not really chasing. They like CHARGE the bunny and make it run. Then just stand there and watch it. If it stops within view, they'll charge again, then stop and watch it run away.

I can't decide whether this is just them taking retirement very seriously, or whether, in their pointy greyhound heads, they think that their job is to protect the neighborhood from bunny incursion.

In either case, I amuse myself by spotting a bunny up ahead of us -- because if it's not moving, it doesn't really exist to a greyhound -- and wait until I think we're close enough and say "Willow, do you see the bunny?" Which causes both of them, but especially whirl around frantically, ears pricked, tails up, chuffing wildly, looking for the bunny. Of course if the bunny continues to stay still, they still probably won't see it -- but the minute it moves, they're right after it. Jumping stiff-legged, barking. And the bunny runs. And we all stand there on alert and watch it, making sure that it leaves the premises. Or gets out of eyesight, which again, to a greyhound means it no longer exists.

But sometimes I screw up and say the word "bunny" just a little too early. And the dogs go into major alert mode, whirling around, jumping, all excited and never see the bunny -- who quickly and quietly makes off under a bush. And then I feel badly, because the dogs think it's a false alarm....premature bunnilation. Don't you hate that?

[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-06-04 04:11 pm (UTC)
Do greyhounds sproink? Jeeves used to -- when he'd lose sight of something he'd been chasing (usually a whitetail deer or another dog) he'd just jump straight up, all four legs straight down, about four feet off the ground, trying to spot it. (I tried unsuccessfully to find a YouTube of saluki sproinking, because I don't think my description captures the fundamental weirdness of what this looks like.) Caught me under the chin one time and I damn near bit my tongue in two.
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From: pyrateatlarge
2008-06-04 04:14 pm (UTC)
you are silly.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-06-05 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, and I have never under any circumstances teased Jeeves with "Do you see the bunny?" When he was young and strong be could (and once did) dislocate my shoulder lunging after stuff. Now that he's old and feeble and blind....well, I've got a cruel sense of humor streak, but that's too mean even for me.
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