April 20, 2010

White Dog has, since the momma bird began making the nest, been fascinated by and protective of the egg laying process and consequent baby birdie birthings. Often over the past few weeks I have noticed her sitting under the tree just observing. She has diligently patrolled the yard to keep the neighborhood cats away. If you recall, White Dog even did her own experimenting with building a nest.

Today she went out to the yard and a short time later I heard her howling...not barking...howling! I was barely out of the back door when White Dog rushed up to me with one of the fledglings, dead, in her mouth. She dropped it at my feet and looked up agitated with a plea of "fix it!" in her eyes. It was obvious that the baby must have fallen from the nest and a cat had gotten it (for it was horribly mangled and half digested). From her actions, I knew White Dog had not eaten the poor thing. She nosed it toward me and again asked for me to make it sing. I sat down on the step with her and petted her as we paid respects to the life lost. She watched as Gregg (who had just stopped by) and I pushed it into a bag and disposed of the remains. Later, I looked out and White Dog was just sitting next to the garbage container looking sad.


The OP Pack said...

That is one very amazing and admirable and sensitive pup you have that. Your story brings tears to Mom's eyes.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh we are so sorry about the baby birdie! Please let White Dog know that not all kitties are like that. And unfortunately sometimes some do have a reason to do that, like they are hungry without a home. But it is still sad to us that the baby birdie was killed - we are sending over purrs of comfort to you all.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are sorry fur Mamma Bird's loss -

We are watching a special little sparrow in our yard too - he/she has an underdeveloped left wing - he/she is khwite good at hopping -

How nice WD khould save the birdie from further feline destrukhtion -


Teddy Bear said...

Oh no, Siku. What a sad thing that you witnessed today. I am so so sorry.:( I have seen 2 baby birds that crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Mommy did not handle it well when se saw them.

Teddy Bear

Remington said...

We are so sorry to hear that....

TwoSpecialWires said...

Another wonderful, albeit sad, example of the ways animals communicate. And care.

Fetching a tissue for Moma,
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Sagira said...

Aww....very sorry to hear about the loss. :(