Monday, June 03, 2013

Iago: Bird Dog

I was looking out the window into our backyard this afternoon.  The Wife was coming in from doing some gardening.  Iago was following her up the stairs to the back deck.  I noticed he was carrying something in his mouth.  I intercepted him at the slider and told him to put it down.  Being a very obedient, when he's not being a box of rocks, Iago opened his mouth and dropped ... a baby bird.  Homer had caught a bird when he was a puppy too but wouldn't release it until we bribed him with a treat.

At first I thought the bird was dead but then it started moving around and flapping its immature little wings.  I picked it up and was going to drop it over the fence when it got away and fluttered down to the lawn.  Iago ran down and picked it up again.  I yelled "No!" and he dropped it again and actually came back up on the deck.

I managed to pick it up again and dropped it over the fence.  Then I went over to a fir tree we have and picked up the other baby bird - they appear to be baby doves - that was sitting in the grass under the tree and I dropped it over the fense with its brother/sister before Iago found it too.

Our back yard is full of bird nests.  We have two or three robins under the deck that should be coming out soon.  We also have wrens in a tin bird house.  We'll have to keep our eyes open and protect them from Iago the bird dog.

4 comments:

  1. Were the birds harmed in any way? Was he just thinking "chew-toy"?

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    1. GH: The one in his mouth probably had a wonky wing but it's hard to tell. Labs tend not to bite down hard - instinct I think - so the bird was in pretty good shape.

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  2. oh I hope the birds accept the baby that was handled by you and the dog. Poor Iago, he probably thought he was doing something awesome for you.

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    1. Miss McC: These birds were no longer in the nest. They were out on their own. They just needed some practise with their new wings. Iago was fine. He probably thought he was doing what t was born to do - retrieve.

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