Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baron at work

Just in case you thought Baron, our big boy black Lab, was getting too portly to do any work around here, I just thought I'd show you he is effective when he needs to be...
I am almost certain our smallest dog, Louise (60 lbs.), helped, as she is our #1 snake killer, but Baron (110 lbs.) always has the last go-around with the carcass.

The other night, they killed another skunk, and Baron, once again, proudly carried the carcass around like the victorious warrior - while I got to enjoy the added odiferousness in our immediate atmosphere...
Big, stinky dog...

99 comments:

Carole Meisenhelter said...

uh-oh ... yes the snakes can be worry-some; glad your dogs know how to attack effectively!

Giga said...

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laurak@forestwalkart said...

aw, poor snake...kind of a sad picture really...with that snake hanging out of Baron's mouth...

i know it's just their instinct...but not all snakes are bad ones...

Ellie said...

Eeek that looks like a BIG snake. I'm glad we don't get them here lol.
You certainly have useful animals there and he is lovely.

Mama-Bug said...

Looks like Baron definitely earns his keep! He's a beautiful boy!

Jill said...

Ewww...I couldn't handle the snakes. Glad Baron can handle 'em. I just love seeing him. He is so sleek and beautiful.

Gail said...

Nothing like a good farm dog!!

Bruce Clark said...

Dogs and skunks...they seem to have a natural attraction to each other:-)

Lynne said...

Baron the mighty . . . "you go boy"!

Did he get a bath in tomato juice?

Mike said...

Baron, "after all the varmint and snake wrangling I do around here, I don't believe you just called me stinky."

eileeninmd said...

Wow, your Baron is a brave boy. Snakes and skunks?

Birdman said...

I can see snakes, but skunks? I can see this plan going WAY bad, quickly. Neighbor had her dog corner one in her cellar. House still smells a bit in damp weather. Fingers crossed.

rainfield61 said...

She is waiting for a reward.

Come on.

latebloomerbuds said...

Oh man, these guys are more than pretty faces! Yikes!
Hugs, Margie

Hilary said...

Ugh.. there's no smell worse than a sprayed dog. I've only smelled a fresh spray once and it was like walking into a brick wall. NOTHING like that comparatively subtle smell of a distant occurrence. I'd sure hate to see Benny come home with a snake too. They sure are handsome creatures your pooches.

Dicky Bird said...

Well, he was a good boy! At least he killed them. I don't care for either. O.K. the skunk (flower) on Bambi was cute - blessings from Wisconsin

Sandra said...

Baron doesn't LOOK stinky!! LOL and ROFL... i know you were not laughing at the skunk kill. Jake would do the same thing, but we don't get the big snakes and skunks. once he got into it with a raccoon. I never know what i will find when I come here and I am never disappointed. tell the big stinky dog he sure is handsome

Candy C. said...

Good boy Baron, good boy! :)

Roan said...

Skunk lingers on forever. My brother got sprayed once while farming. His jeans hung out on the clothesline for a year and they still smelled. Ugh! What if that had been a rattler? Do the vets keep anti-venom handy?

Susan said...

Baron is so beautiful! How much will you have to bathe him to get
the smell off?

Twilight_fan_101 said...

This makes me so glad that I am not a dog. I couldn't carry around a yucky snake in my mouth like that. There would have to be alot of butt licking to get that taste out of my mouth! My friend is a dog groomer. You know the best thing to get rid of skunk smell on a dog? Feminine douches! I guess they really do get rid of any feminine odor! Kinda freaks me out to think of it actually. You just squirt them down with the douche and let it sit for an hour, then wash. Won't hurt the dog either. Yes, I am a plethora of useless knowledge!

edenhills said...

That's a big snake. Most of the big ones around here are harmless and stay out in the pastures. Skunks on the other hand... I get smelly dogs too.

Teresa

bailey-road.com said...

All in a day;s work for a ranch dog, I guess.

Samantha said...

I am thanking the gods my dogs haven't been skunked yet!

Sandy said...

He is rather portly, but obviously the hunter instinct is still there. A handsome guy for sure.

AndysLens said...

"they killed another skunk"
peeeeee yooooou!

Debbie said...

hahaha....now that's earning your keep!!

we have major skunk problems here, they keep spraying the house, not pleasant. perhaps we could borrow baron for a fair wage ;)

Woody said...

That's a pretty big snake, obviously they were not affected by the drought. Nothing like the smell of freshly killed skunk :-(

barbara l. hale said...

Yay for Baron! Well, not so much on the skunk bit. Our greyhound got skunked three times in his life. Fortunately, he was so tall that he only got it in his face. But he never really learned.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Baron, leave the snakes alone! No bones for you. Focus on the tree rats!

Barb said...

Eek the skunk would be the worst!

KAT said...

Oh My Gosh That is so amazing ! wow this is a real brave pup and I bet he is a little odoriferous

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wayside wanderer said...

Useful doggie! And fat snake. Yeek! My doggie is pretty much a good-for-nothin'-mutt.

Angela said...

If you ever want to give them away they can come and live here! I love a dog that will kill a snake! We had a half corgi half shepherd that would kill the regular snakes and keep the poisonous snakes at bay until my dad would get home from work to kill them with his gun. He was the bestest dog in the world! So are yours!

I am laughing at myself because when I first looked at the picture I thought he had a rope in his mouth! lol Such a different looking snake than from the ones around here. lol

Sylvia K said...

Ah, they do earn their keep, don't they! I could almost smell that skunk!

Sylvia

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I think (hope) all the snakes are hibernating around here by now.

Good dog ;-)

Robin said...

Baron, great job! Keeping the world safe for Mum!

Fjällripan said...

They seems to be great hunters, your dogs, but it looks a little bit dangerous with the snake...and a skunk..I can understand he became a stinky boy :))

Kay said...

Aren't you afraid the snakes might bite her? I hate snakes.

Ms. Becky said...

oh my, I bet that was stinky. I just recently grazed a skunk with my car and it still smells. I recall when my farm dog got sprayed badly and it took forever for the smell to dissipate. tomato juice was the recommendation at the time, but it didn't help all that much. Baron looks so self-satisfied in that first shot! and mischievous in the second...
happy weekend to you Theresa.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

UGH! Baron is a brave boy! If I saw a snake in my Sophie or Henry's mouth, I think I might pass out!
Good luck on getting the stank out...skunk stink = STANK!

SweetMarie said...

What kind of snake?? I feel bad for the skunk. :( My dogs are the same way. One night a oppossum was in our yard and it saved itself be playing dead. We went back outside and it was gone. The dogs were sniffing everywhere. It was quite funny!
If that was a poisonous snake, I'm glad your big beautiful boy and girl saved you. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Do you just let the skunk smell wear off or give them a bath? Yikes. Our daughter (with the big yellow dog) has had skunks and dog problems in the past, but they don't have quite s many acres for the smell to roam around in.

Manzanita said...

Good boy. But call me weird..... I like the scent of skunk. Why do so many women prefer the musk smell in perfume.I've run into a few other women who like that smell, but to tell the truth, the subject doesn't come up much. Ha..

myinnerchick.com said...

--OMG, he is AMAZING. Great photo...although I feel a bit sorry for that snake :) x

Andrew said...

Brilliant to see...well done Baron.
Your snakes look pretty big over there...do you encounter many poisoness ones?

Pricilla said...

They all know their jobs I guess.

Judy said...

That is my worst fear that Sadie tangles with a skunk. Oh, but he's a beautiful big, stinky dog.

Furry Bottoms said...

*big laugh* That sure is handy... Baron killing a creepy snake!!

sharon said...

I love Labs. they are so beautiful. I think he is giving you the look for calling him stinky!

Evelyn S. said...

Geez! Those are quite the dogs...but I guess we already knew that. ;-) (I would have to draw the line at skunks, I'm afraid.)

Farm Girl said...

So glad you have dogs that know what to do. My dog just wants to be friends.
Great pictures.

Kay's flowers said...

Beautiful lab and big snake! Is the drought bringing them out more? Snakes don't generally bother me unless they are poisonous.

Linda said...

I'll take the snake over the skunk any day, UGH!

Ann said...

is it a poisonous snake?

M. Reka said...

Great images, He's a beautiful boy :)

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Catherine said...

Oh my stars!! Well...I must say that it certainly appears that your pups are earning their keep! haha!

Love your fence photos below ~ very cool!
xo Catherine

Louise said...

Well, I for one am impressed. He's the man!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Oh! A snake??? I would probably faint, what kind of snake? What a good doggie :).

Randy said...

Good for them, I hate snakes.

Adam Tilt said...

Looks like your dogs have their hunting skills well honed. Around here mice are about the biggest thing that any of the local pets catch.

Ruta said...

I would scream and run if my dog came at me with a snake or a dead skunk!!

Country Mouse Studio said...

the good, the bad and the smelly :O)

dr momi said...

Good job Baron!.....I sure hope he doesn't sleep in the house.

Tammie Lee said...

wow, snakes and skunks, the life of dogs.

Daniel said...

Hail Great Baron! He luckily discovered later in life his love affair with skunks was fur and more importantly... his missing sense of smell. This drove his master to dye her hair black. Soon thereafter she added a white strip down the middle.

SquirrelQueen said...

If that is a poisonous snake, good boy Baron. If not, bad Baron.

I'll bet he is a stinky boy after the skunk battle.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Baron is such a pretty dog! He's the only dog besides the German Shepard we had many years ago that I've known with the name Baron. Good name! Enjoy your weekend!

ellen abbott said...

What kind of snake was that?

DeanO said...

Baron has far more nerve then me! Good doggie

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

OMGosh! That's awesome!!! I had no idea a dog could weigh that much, although, we did see a HUGE Great Dane walking w/ his/her owner down the sidewalk, today, & WoW, what a HAAS... they're so cool! =)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

PS Thanks for commenting on my Friday's Fences post... I appreciate your help =)))

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

He's my hero, that's for sure--Does he do house calls?? ;-)

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Didn't know a dog would kill a snake... wonderful shot!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Proud pup, he is!
xo, misha

Mariette said...

Dearet TexWisGirl,

Well, bad luck for the snake... Your Baron really looks the part, never mind Louise's contribution! What a weight for a dog, after he ate that snake he for sure won from me.
Great photos you show and you got yourself a great body guard too.

Love to you,

Mariette

Linda R. said...

These are such awesome photos. I would have freaked out about the snake. What good hunters you have here..

Genie said...

Guess you keep large bottles of tomato juice handy for when the skunks bite the dust. If I were a snake or a skunk, I surely would NOT want to need up with your pal. I tell you, Baron and Louis have to be the Fearless Twosome. Two guys you apparently can use on the property. Happy Halloween tomorrow. genie

Lois Evensen said...

Our Labs just like to help out, don't they! ;)

kimeling said...

Such a brave dog!!!

Inger said...

Gorgeous photos, glad we can't smell him though.

Snapper II said...

Yuckie on the skunk.

Karrie said...

Work dogs indeed!!!! Keeping your home safe it seems! Well done beautiful pups!

Deb said...

eeeek.....snakes and skunks....he is such a handsome boy...portly or not...

Martha Z said...

Don't they know that non-Poisonous snakes are good for rodent control?

Kari in Vegas said...

eeek that first photo creeps me out!

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Buttons said...

Wow you are lucky to have those two around to take care of you. B

Kerry said...

Holy cow, that's a big snake. Our dogs rarely notice snakes; I don't know why.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Good boy Baron! I hate snakes! Mr. Biggs was a crackerjack snake killer in his younger days. Amazing that an 11 pound dog could dispatch a 4' long snake in seconds!
Not good about the skunk smell though. What do you do to get rid of the smell?

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, the sights and smells of living on a ranch. Baron sure is a handsome boy...stinky though he may be. lol

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Whew...wee a snake and a skunk, they are some good dogs, but oh that smell must have been miserable...;)

Coloradocasters said...

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pattisjarrett said...

He shows 'em who's boss. Oh, I can't imagine the smell. You poor dear.

Rose said...

He is beautiful!

Felicity said...

Righto Luke, come and look at what your Texan cousin Baron does with the slitherin' around his home.

Luke! Luke!

Hmmm, may need to think about another way to get him interested in in de-slithering our home, or maybe the Kookaburras should just do their job.

Happy hug,
Felicity x

heyBJK said...

haha! Good dog!!! What kind of snake was it?

Bluebell Woods said...

Um, what is that in that dogs mouth? Ugh!!arn't you afraid that your dogs will get bitten?
Janice

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

That's a big ol' snake and Baron has that look like 'yea, I'm bad'. lol.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Baron, he can! And the snakes that you have over there in Texas is much more poisner than our snake.

But if the snake take the right place like the nose, it will be bad.

There is dog that have died from snake- bite.

Yes, I'm very careful. I don't like this kind of snakes.
It is a reptile and a reptile does not think us.

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