Friday, February 29, 2008

Year of the Rat

I am a creature of habit. Everyday I wake up, brush my teeth, drink a cup of coffee, and take my dog for a walk. Once I leash him up, he always bolts out of the gate at full speed so he can pee at his favorite corner. The other morning there was a slight change of plan.

When my dog bolted out of the gate, at the corner he found a GIANT rat which he then proceeded to pick up in his mouth and kill. The rat was making horrible squealing noises. I, being the responsible pet owner I am, threw the leash down and ran. I could not even look at him because it was so disgusting (mind you, I am not scared of rodents but I am horrified watching my dog kill one). I buried my face into the shoulder of a random stranger and told him my dog was killing a rat. I went inside and got Jeff (hmmm, maybe there is a good reason to have household staff) and he nicely retrieved my dog and disposed of the rat. (I love Jeff).

I brought the dog to the vet for a tetanus shot (he already has the rest of his required injections) and besides a small cut in his mouth and leg, my dog is good to go.

No one here seems to understand my disgust at the dog killing a rat. In fact, a couple of people have jokingly asked me to borrow the dog to kill rats around their property.

9 comments:

Katie said...

Oh my god, Vertigo is so cute. I've never really seen him before!

I feel sad for the rat. :(

Christine said...

I also feel sad for the rat. Basically, your pet ate my pet. But Vertigo is such a cutie pie! How could you begrudge him a little snack?

Sidney said...

Not nice, not nice... you should give your dog more food!

Jonnifer said...

Good doggie!

Jonnifer said...

When are you going to post again? Are you moving into your house yet?

kikas_head said...

Yeah, my dog is pretty stupid. He thinks he is a goat--everywhere we go he is always trying to eat garbage.

He didn't even eat the rat--just killed it. Wasteful to boot!

Amberly said...

Ummmm... yeah... can I borrow your dog? :)

We just moved into our home in Subic last weekend & woke up to rodent droppings all throughout the house. I bought glue boards the next day & we caught ourselves a nasty, hairy rat! DISGUSTING! Hopefully that is the end of it, but who knows?? Guess it's better than my friend who has had problems with monkeys coming into her house 3 times now. It's nice to have perspecive...

Anonymous said...

You're lucky! In some neighborhoods the rats are big enough to kill the dogs. In my in-law's barrio, a rat killed a cat that was stalking it.

mfgosling said...

You were freaked out because you let the dog lick you, something your average Filipino finds revolting.