Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.
When we lived in Thousand Oaks, our house had a small courtyard in the front. The courtyard was gated with a locked gate, so we frequently left the sliding door to the courtyard opened for Sally & Tino so they could go out and sun themselves while we were at work all day. Tino in particular loved being outside and we hadn’t had a chance to install a dog door for him yet so he no longer had free access to the outside. I felt bad about this because he really preferred to spend his days outside. The best we could do was leave that sliding door open for him.
One day, Steve arrived home from work before me, greeted the dogs and proceeded to his walk in closet inside the master bedroom. The house was U shaped with the courtyard in the center and the family room door and the master bedroom bedroom on the opposite ends of the U. What he found there was carnage…bird feathers all over the floor of the closet. No signs of a bird, no carcass, just feathers. The dogs, who had followed him into the room looked completely innocent.
We can only imagine a bird flew in the open sliding door and somehow found its way (or more likely was chased) to the closet, where he met his demise at the hands of Tino – although Sally may have played a role in the chase. I know some of you maybe offended that they would kill a bird, but you must remember Tino & his brother lived by their wits in the wilderness for many many months before we rescued him and hunting his own dinner was how he survived. I’m sure he killed birds, rabbits and whatever other critters he could find and catch, in order to stay alive.
Neither of the dogs looked any worse for the wear, everything else in the house was in perfect order – whatever went on that day is a mystery. It’s one of those times we wish we had a camera installed in the house to see what really took place.
We installed a dog door the next day.
How about you – have your dogs unintentionally inspired some home improvements?
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