My husband never had dogs as pets when he was younger. I always had dogs. We now have 4 dogs. Three are older mini-Dachshunds, and the other is a young Welsh Corgi. For this story, we will be focusing on Holly, who is the young (about 1 1/2 years old) Welsh Corgi, Duke a 10 year old Dachshund, and Roscoe a 9 year old Dachshund. Quincey is the other one, but he really just cares about his food bowl and the couch, so he's not in this story.
So, there have been these two rabbits living under our deck for over a year. The deck has lattice around it, so the dogs can't get under it. However, every now and then the rabbits decide to come out when the dogs are outside and dash out under the gate in the fence. We live on a couple acres, so our back yard is large yet fenced in.
I've watched them do this a number of times and kept telling my husband "Holly's going to catch one of them one of these days". My daughter would always ask "what will happen if she does?" I never answered, because I didn't want her to puke or something. Well, obviously, my husband didn't actually know either.
But, yesterday, he found out.
We got home and let the dogs out. They went running as usual and we didn't think anything about it. Soon, Holly was at the door looking like she does when she eats one of my shoes. I knew she did "something" but I didn't know what. I look outside, and Roscoe is prancing around something and Duke was "playing" with what looked like a well used ball. After I focused on them, I quickly realized what happened.
Holly caught a rabbit and somehow killed it (or it died of a heart attack as rabbits tend to do). Roscoe and Duke ripped it apart, and Duke was playing with its head.
My husband looked in horror at his "pets". All I could say is: "dogs are animals, and don't forget it...."