About 3 weeks ago, I went out to check on Tippy and she had a dead squirrel she was playing with. It looked petrified, so I have no idea where she found it. Since it wasn’t smelly and she wasn’t getting “nasty” playing with it, I left it alone. However, after she came in for the night, I went out and threw it down the hill, hoping that would be the end of that toy. Of course, the next day, she found the thing and it was right back in the yard.
I went on vacation last week and left Tippy with her dog behaviorist. One of the first things I did after she picked Tippy up was to get the poor dead animal and throw it down the hill, further away from the house. Unfortunately, it hit a tree, so didn’t go as far down the hill as I wanted, but it was far enough away from the house that I hoped some critter would find it and get rid of it for me while we were gone.
The first morning I was home and had Tippy back, she wanted to go outside right after she ate. Within 5 minutes, I heard her bounding onto the front porch. I went to the door, looked out, and this is what greeted me.
I was surprised that she found it, since it is not only petrified, but frozen solid too! The dogs sense of smell amazes me!
If you are interested, I found this blog post that is an excellent article on the canine sense of smell. Who knew that search and rescue dogs have found a drowning victim in 80+ feet of water?! Kind of makes finding a frozen squirrel sound like child’s, or puppy’s, play, doesn’t it?