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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Its that time of year again and the bunnies are out in full force. You'd think they'd stay away from a house that smells like predators, but I've been seeing bunny poops in my yard. It turns out my old neighbor used to feed them - she would put out her old produce for them...

Tank came in with what looked like a bloody spot on his side, after checking him over I realized he wasn't hurt so I let him outside and he led me to the bunny nest he found. There was half a bunny left. The good news is that I can take high value treats from him no problem and his drop it/leave it have gotten really good. The bad news is he ate a lot of bunnies and has had the runs, waking up whining to go outside in the middle of the night...
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I caught my dog with a dead bunny in his mouth the other week and he outed it for me. I think last week he ate one or some bunnies and developed acute gastritis and colitis and I had to take him to the vet because he was vomiting a lot of bile and was pretty sick, but is back to normal. I had a female GSD come across a bunny and she crushed his head in one bite and swallowed it whole.
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I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats that would regularly bring us 'presents' so this was nothing new. He is the first dog I've had that has been able to get a hold of a bunny though, my corgi used to try but they were always too fast. This is also the first time they've had babies in our yard since we moved here, hopefully it'll be a while before they try again...

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One of my GSD's used to find dead carcasses of squirrels and eat them before I could stop her. Crazy dog! I sure do miss that old girl.
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Make sure to deworm him. Bunnies have fleas and tapeworms.




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Most of the GSDs I have had, had a feral/predatory streak in them. We have a pond and one year several wild ducks appeared and each day one of my dogs chased them in the water until she caught one and brought it up to the back door. I have seen them work as a team also, trying to drive a critter to each other. Groundhogs never stood a chance. Even some of the neighborhood cats went missing, but they made the mistake of coming into our fenced yard.
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It's what they do. He choose a prey model diet. Hope your neighbor doesn't find out.
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The neighbor died too, but my dogs didn't have anything to do with that.
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My dad's GSDs use to constantly get off the property and raid bunny hutches Always had to worm those dogs. Between the deer they would bring down..the bunny raids, chicken coop raids. The one came home with a well deserved butt full of buckshot. It was farmland, it happened all the time, and it was understood raiding dogs would be shot. Our dogs were stealth and quite good. My father had to monetarily compensate plenty of neighboring farms. I dont agree with it, but hey I was a teen and not in charge. Anywho, yeah they would get worms.

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Sasha had a regular cemetery at our old house (my husband insisted on giving her victims a proper burial...) She was a true serial killer - killed but never consumed. Killed for the sake of killing

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