Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Treed

BB and Baron parked pondside.

 Thelma Jean taking left flank position.
For what, you ask?  Well, varmint, of course!  Squirrel.  Scamper rat.  Tree rat.  Varmint!





BB uses those Rottweiler jaws to destroy varmint-harboring trees around here on a regular basis.



Baron paces and barks.
Thelma continues to calmly sit and watch.
The squirrel continues to sit and watch, too - not quite as calmly.


No worries, though.  The dogs eventually packed it in and moseyed back to the house, letting the varmint go to chase another day...
Whew!

123 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a good time for the squirrel to take a nap up there:@)

Carole M. said...

:) interesting vigil. You must've had some goodies up at the house to take them away from there? Would they give up of their own free will I wonder

Giga said...

Wspaniałą historyjkę pokazałaś na ładnych zdjęciach. Pies obgryza drzewo ze złości, że mu wiewiórka uciekła i dobrze zrobiła. Pozdrawiam cieplutko, bo u nas spory mróz, ale na blogu lato :-). *** You showed us a wonderful story for pretty pictures. The dog gnawed tree of anger that the squirrel escaped him and well done. Yours nice and warm, because the frost in our disputes, but on the blog :-) summer.

RoeH said...

Wow - you can get some great photos. By the time I get all the buttons figured on that Nikon 3100, the squirrel has died and gone on to another life. I'm thinking of giving that camera to my son. I just can't figure it all out. Which seems sad that a camera is smarter than it's owner. :)

Buttons said...

Oh how I love your doggie tales. Your photos are truly the story. B

Crissi said...

Amazing shots, amusing pictures!
♥Crissi♥

Jill said...

This was delightful! One of my favorite posts ever!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOL. Love that Thelma Jean plays lookout.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Could be filed under the definition of "treed". ;) blessings ~ tanna

Arija said...

A wonder they did not scare the squirrel like that. Are they still sitting there and will you bring them their dinner?

Mike said...

I can hear that rat barking back at them pups.

That ain't no dog. It's a beaver.

Nice shots.

Roan said...

Great story! Loved the tree shot with the orange fence adding a splash of color. I'm going to miss that orange fence. ;)

Peggy said...

I think Thelma Jean didn't want to get wet and dirty. She sit back, relaxed, and enjoyed the show. LOL

Desiree said...

That was quite a morning's activity. The three dogs on watch, you taking the action shots :) If BB goes at that tree trunk any longer, he'll eventually succeed in felling it.

Sandra said...

this is hilarious, laughed all the way through my scroll down. they are precious and funny. and patient. at least it was not a SKUNK...the tree chomping just slays me

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I imagine the squirrel was 'chattering' up a storm. I wasn't aware that Rottweilers were in the beaver genus, never saw one chomping on a tree before.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh wow, BB and Baron are after those critters, there's not a doubt! Hope the ones up in the tree stay up there and that they all just get amused watching and playing that game! Great post!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Classic stand-off, love that!

Kathy said...

One lucky squirrel!

Tanya said...

phew sighed the squirrel...oh that was a cute post!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

I bet that squirrel was wishing he packed a lunch, your dogs are beautiful, as are your photos.

c. Joy said...

Our miniature schnauzer (gone for several years, but not forgotten) was so lady like - except for the squirrels. We could whisper the word squirrel and she would start a whiney-barking thing. Her best exercise came not from daily walks but from chasing and treeing the squirrels around our home. Thanks for the happy memory --- and the great pictures and story.

Jan n Jer said...

Squirrels...are great at teasing! This one is very lucky...I would hate to see if Baron n Louise got a hold of it!

Larry Ostby said...

I love it! Great photo story T. :)

Ginger said...

Great pictures! I especially like the last one. ;-)

polkadotpeticoat said...

They are just trying to help out...how cute! George loves to chase rabbits!

Les fous du cap said...

Thank you for visiting our blog (Les Fous du Cap) and to have left a comment. We visited the Bird World Wednesday blog, the photos are beautiful.
Céline & Philippe

Kate said...

Very amusing set of photos. Squirrels are not cute little things in my life...they are truly vermin!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

That is one treed squirrel! Does the dog always eat the bark like that? Great time for all I think. xo Jenny

parker said...

I like Thelma's stance. Just sit back and watch the show!

ShySongbird said...

Such a fun post Theresa, I spent a few moments admiring the sculptured look of the trees (after I had finished drooling over your gorgeous canines of course) then got my brain in gear and spotted Mr/Mrs S! So glad there was a happy ending.... for the Squirrel :-)

SweetMarie said...

Not much gets past you doggies! The three of us enjoyed these pics this morning over breakfast. Mine son was cracking up at the squirrel's expressions and your doggy eating the tree! :) Great pics Teresa! Have a terrific day!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

NO WAY! BB actually chews the tree? I've never seen a dog do that! They really HATE varmints, don't they! YiKeS! =)

latebloomerbuds said...

Oh, oh, this is so cute. Ah, the life of a ranch dog. What a hoot yours are. I get a big kick out of them. Margie

Montanagirl said...

I believe I'd have settled in for a nap as well, if I were that squirrel!

Candy C. said...

The tree chompin' cracked me up and I love how Thelma Jean just sits back and calmly watches!

islandwonder said...

Great shots! Those dogs have the life.

Farm Girl said...

But it gave them something to do, it looked like Thelma was saying, " Go ahead you silly guys, I am sitting here just watching the show. I know her and Louise are sisters so that makes it more funny.

Furry Bottoms said...

And here, I was thinking that there was no chance for that squirrel! He was surrounded!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Thelma is so cool. Love how they all assume different positions and tactics. Your little warriors sure are patient, but I guess they realize after so much time passes that they're not winning the battle and move on. :)

Rita said...

BB would scare the living daylights out of me if I was a squirrel! Chewing the tree down is some serious squirrel hunting motivation!! Goodness!

Me, I'm more like Thelma--ROFL!!

LOVE these!!!! :):)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

LOL! Poor lil' varmint! Ha! Your black labs are about as sleek as ours, but ours could care less about wasting energy to chase a silly squirrel--maybe a possum cause those are easier to capture. Love the one tearing down the tree. I just hope the squirrel survived.

Pricilla said...

I can hear the squirrel chatter from here.

Reena Walkling said...

That Thelma Jean ... she's my kind of girl. No point in doing the work when others are about!

Julie G. said...

Such a fun post! I always enjoy your doggy tales. Whew, lucky squirrel. I think it better find a new piece of property to visit. Gorgeous dogs looking up into the trees is a familiar sight at my house (we've got two who end up smelling like pine). No tree chomping yet, thank goodness!

Chatty Crone said...

I love the story unfolding - and I am not always for the squirrel, but I am in this case. lol
sandie

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Okay, that is a first. A dog that is part beaver. I have a new tree rat show up at the feeders yesterday so Trapper John is at work today at his relocation program.

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh my! These pictures are fabulous... and funny! Love the commentary and love the doggy photos :)

Texan said...

ok that cracked me up ...BB says hey no worries we don't have to be able to climb the tree I will cut it down ROFL ROFL

Rain said...

Thelma is the Queen!!!!!

Sall's Country Life said...

For a minute there I thought BB was gonna chew that tree down to get at the varmint! What an exciting time they have at the ranch!

Inger said...

How interesting, it looks like he could have taken down the whole tree, squirrel and all. No wonder the squirrel looked worried. Great story telling here.

Martie said...

Great post! Love how they tried to chew the tree!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Thank goodness no harm came to my little friend!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Never a dull moment. :)

Comment1 said...

I can't believe how much that tree dwarfs the lot of them!

bailey-road.com said...

What a great photo series! I can't believe BB is chewing the tree! Thelma Jean looks so prim and proper sitting there. Baron's pacing and barking is an important job too. Delightful dogs!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Ha! LOVE THIS! Bet that varmit was so happy to see them go!!!!!!

flutietootie said...

Nice photos. You got great images not only of the dogs but of the squirrel as well.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

LOL! That is quite an army for one squirrel. Very cute post.

Lynne said...

Fabulous . . . Thelma Jean has exceptional patience. Tree Rat knows precisely what he is doing. The "Shining Black Dudes" must hold some intimidation . . .

Great photos Theresa!

Susan said...

I was so interested I couldn't wait till I scrolled to the next picture. Fun post!!!!

Annette said...

When our dogs are sitting at the base of a tree, its usually a cat they have treed.

heyBJK said...

LOL! That's hilarious! I could use some dogs like that to keep the tree rats out of the feeders. Well, not the tree-cutting dog. :-) Great photos!

Millie said...

Those massive jaws look mighty scary.

Robin said...

T, great series of shots! That's the first black beaver I've ever seen!

Marie said...

Gorgeous photos! And the dogs are just a Hoot! Isn't country life wonderful! I miss our dog and the wide open spaces in which she used to run (and chase the deer!)

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

Can't believe the dog was going to chop down the tree with this TEETH!! And the back hair of your black dog looks exactly like the hair on our Aussie, the way it is wavy, exactly the same.

Fun Post. I'm glad we didn't see shots of the dogs pulling the tree varmit in half...they were ready!

Lana

Catherine said...

Those pups have some high hopes! Cute!
xo Catherine

grammie g said...

HI Teresa...What would you do without your friends to entertain you ; }
Dear me they are so darn cute and it is wonderful that they are able to enjoy life!!
Grace

Lindsjö taxar said...

Our dogs are to qute. Your´s have fun with a squirrel and my Trym with our birds that I´m feeding.
Great pictures of their hunt...

Eva Ason said...

Lovely pictures of the dogs and the little squirrel!
Have a great day!

Eva

Fireblossom said...

Yes, but they showed the varmint who is boss! ;-)

Jenny Woolf said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog! and oh my, what a drama this was. Great photos.

Rohrerbot said...

This is straight out of "UP"! I love your pics and story. This is a lot of fun:) I'm having a good laugh right now:)

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful post to read and so well illustrated.. it must have been lovely to watch and hear at the time.

Nezzy said...

Heeehehehe!!! If BB can't get to the squirrel, he's takin' the tree down! Great!

God bless ya and have a magnificent day!!! :o)

Karen said...

The mighty hunters! Dogs just crack me up! Great shots.

joo said...

It's such a fun! Lovely dogs,squirrels and happy end:)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Cute varmit! Cute dogs! :) Love your header too by the way.

Paula said...

They probably said oh well we'll just try another day. Gotta go have a bite to eat.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi, Sorry I haven't been around this week. We have bee traveling and taking more photos... Hope you are having a great week.

Great photos. OH--how I need your 'babies' up here treeing my squirrels....

Hugs,
Betsy

A Quiet Corner said...

Life is best in the company of dogs! I could sure use BB the one with the jaws...is he available this Spring?...:)JP

bookbabie.com said...

Oh good, I was cheering for the squirrel!

Bruce Clark said...

I just love your dogs...I really do!

Barb said...

That is one tall dead tree! The squirrel looks like it's enjoying itself, taunting the dogs. So nice to see that pond finally full of water!

Birdman said...

This varmint looks legit scared.

Ellie said...

You wonder how they can see that squirrel up there.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Such a great series of photos! Poor Mr. Squirrel...or Mrs..., I guess!

Paula said...

Oh my goodness~ this is better than a reality show! :)
Poor squirrel was probably thinking "Oh Crap!" *haha*

Cher' Shots said...

Poor squirrel ... no matter what direction he looked there was another dog! LOL Great post & great pics.
'love & hugs from afar'

Tracy said...

goodness Tex, very busy creatures today! I'm certain they are all enjoying the gorgeous weather!

Michaele said...

You had me biting my fingernails there for a minute. Must be the same problem BB has with biting trees. (or not)

Linda R said...

How fun to watch that all play out!! great photos again!!

Hugs, Linda

bon bon said...

the theme music to mutual of omaha's wild kingdom was playing in my head while i read this post. ;o)

SquirrelQueen said...

That looks like quite the stand off to me. Love Thelma Jean's patience.

Posie Patchwork said...

This is so funny, look at those puppies, prepared to eat through the trunk of the tree, but with hearts of gold.
I thought of you on my big trip home, through the country, looking at fences, i was fixated & wished i wasn't driving so i could take photos of all the fences i liked. All based on your fence inspiration posts, which are becoming very relevant to me now as our farm life draws closer. Love Posie

Debbie said...

free entertainment!! some peeps pay big money for a show like this!!

Debbie said...

i do think his days are numbered!!

Gillian Olson said...

Cute squirrel. I think judging from the relative positions of the dogs and the squirrel, he is pretty safe to just wait it out. What is it about dogs and squirrels?

Deb said...

whew....that was close....

Tammy said...

Go get 'em BB! Wouldn't break my heart a bit. I have to admit, though, that last shot of the varmint is pretty awesome :)

lisa said...

Beautiful dogs, and they look like they are waiting VERY patiently for this little guy. Love the last shot here. He's too cute!

Barb said...

That's one vicious attack on that tree :)

Kerry said...

I'm pretty sure one of those B's stands for "beaver."

Angela said...

They had that squirrel cornered good! That is so funny seeing it all play out like that!

Casey said...

Right on! Trying to chew the tree down! That's awesome!

Genie said...

What a great story. Your dogs do not give up easily! I cannot believe you picked the 3rd and the last of those houses. They were my favorites, and as weird as they are, I really like them. The little house is my daughter’s home in Still Pond where we go at Christmas each year. It is really old but has so much beautiful wood in it. I was almost afraid to post those pictures for fear everyone would think I had lost my mind. Finally I said...old, gal, go for it! Thank goodness you were the first to see them. Off this weekend to celebrate #73 at the state park. Hope to come back with some good photos. genie

Sylvia K said...

I love it! You do have a pair there! Definitely a good time for the squirrel to take a nap!! Fun captures for the day!

Sylvia

Angad Achappa said...

Lovely images..looks like the dogs really had fun!! :)

Regards,
Angad Achappa
Indian Wildlife Photography

Faye said...

Well, these three have me just laughing and I needed it today. Thelma especially, she knows how to maintain a position doesn't she? :-) And great minds! I took Willie on today's photo shoot as well. He's not into varmit hunting--just likes to ride in the car and sniff the entire park hill for other dog signals.

Elaine said...

Fun hunting story, and brave dogs to keep that squirrel treed for so long. Some tense moments for the squirrel, but luckily for him the dogs can't climb trees.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

this made me smile, thank you!

lucky squirrel!

eileeninmd said...

Good dogs, they are guarding their yard. My dog gave up trying to chase the squirrels. Great series of photos, they really tell the story.

JDS said...

It's amusing that all that commotion can happen over a squirrel! And by the way, that close-up shot of the squirrel is definitely a keeper - small hyperactive varmints like that are not easy to get clear pictures of!

CameraCruise said...

Great post, awesome photos.
Love to see photos of your dogs.

Cindy said...

Looks like you got a good rain too! We had 5.5" whoo hoo!

georgettesullins said...

What a story! Wish I could caption like you. hmmm...I'll work on it...off and on. Sooner or later I'll figure it out. Thank you for the smiles.

Joe said...

I think the dogs need a chainsaw :).

NicoleB said...

Hilarious!
King chews big sticks, not sure he would try his Luck on a whole tree, squirrel or not.
They would both try to climb it though :-D

pattisjarrett said...

The squirrel looks so tiny compared to that tree-eating machine! Great shot on the last photo! Beautiful.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful series!! :))

Rose said...

We used to have a squirrel in the neighborhood back when we had two dogs, it would get just across the fence about two feet and sit and eat with one of our dogs barking every breath. I swear it was teasing her.

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