Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dawn Adventures

It is now a bit dark as I head out to the barn in the mornings. I'm not particularly fond of going out to the barn in the dark, so I've been taking Killick with me. James leaves about the time I go out. I've been thinking that maybe I should go out a little earlier so he is still here in case I run into trouble. My imagination runs wild. I don't know that I'd ever really run into trouble but well, you never know.
The last several mornings I've been making Killick go into the barn with me because, well, I'm embarrassed to say, I've been HEARING the rats scrounging about as I turn the lights on and begin my work. I hate rats, mice, shrews, moles or varmints of any kind! I don't want to see them and I don't want to even hear them! Well, it really is silly to take Killick with me because he could care less about them and just lays there. Even if I see one and squeal(which I did yesterday), he does nothing. I need a ratter, something like a Yorkshire Terrier or Schnauzer, they were bred to be ratters. It's kind of weird though, a dog as a ratter.
But on another scale. As James and I left the house this morning, he to his vehicle and I to the barn, we stepped out to the sound of VERY CLOSE coyotes. Many coyotes yipping and yapping, very close. A moment later a gunshot rang through the air and the coyotes stopped. But I still needed to go to the barn, in the dark and those coyotes needed to move on their way. Were they headed through my land. One wouldn't know. So, I took Killick. I know he'd be of use with regards to something of this scale.

6 comments:

JamesoftheNorthwest said...

I wonder if Mina would chase down those rats? I wish I had night vision on my pellet gun.

Xenia Kathryn said...

What kind of dog is Killick?

Susan Sophia said...

German Shepherd mix from the pound. We think he might have some Great Dane in him. Great dog! Just not a ratter. ;)

Xenia Kathryn said...

I see :D hehehe.

Matt said...

The best ratter is a Rat Terrier. They aren't very pretty but they kill kill kill and love doing it. The world record for rat kills is held by a Rat Terrier which caught and killed 2,501 rats in 7 hours. Turn one loose on your farm and you will have no more rats. Just be prepared to clean up the blood and gore.

Kelsey Anna said...

Ugh... i wish our cat would go out there and hunt them. But I know that there are some rats big enough to scare a cat away for a long while. I wish we did not have to deal with these things.
If we had kept our grain in garbage cans from the start they may not have been there. Mina would probably be a good suggestion and once we get that invisable fence up it would probably work. She is big enough for killing those things. Killick is a chicken killer not a rat killer. I believe he would rather hang out with the chickens then our rats. YUCK!