wings and things

Hints of harmony

on March 31, 2012

I hesitate to speak too soon, but it looks like my patience has paid off and familiarity has bred harmony rather than contempt when it comes to interactions between our dogs and our birds.

This morning we let the dogs out of their yard and kept the gang in theirs (we usually do the opposite). I sat outside and kept watch because even though the geese, ducks and emus were safely in their own yards, all of the other birds were out and about because they can fly. So the peafowl, guinnea fowl, turkeys, chooks and pheasant, were all roaming around freely and seemingly unafraid of the dogs who they usually only see through a fence. I was particularly worried about the chooks but so far so good and I’ve been able to come inside.

Here is Jack, the Irish Terrier, with the Bubbles and Baby Turkey. Now Jack, who is less than a year old, has never exhibited any ferocious hunting tendencies anyway, but he does like to chase things. In this sense, he and Baby Turkey have a lot in common so you could say they have both met their match and the chasing has stopped.

Interestingly, Doc and Blaze (our father and son miniature dachschunds) are so busy fighting each other at the moment that neither has attempted to hunt down any of the birds. I’m not sure what is going on with those two but lately they never stop arguing and last night Doc gave Blaze a nasty bite on the ear when Son was feeding them. Doc is very jealous when it comes to our attention so poor Blaze has to constantly defer to his father and stand back.

Another harmony challenge has been the introduction of a new gander to the gang. He was delivered to us by a neighbour the other day because he had lost his mate and was very lonely. The poor guy is quite scared of Godfrey’s gang and yesterday, when Son and I got back from Perth, we found him all alone by the gate and had to ‘herd’ him back to the gang and put them all in the same pen. We are calling him Leroy and hoping that with enough time in the yard with the others, he will eventually make a friend and be okay. Son says it reminds him of being ‘the new kid’ at school. The following photo is not a good one but it does show this new kid’s challenge. Leroy is on the right, Seli is on the left and Godfrey is in the background (as always!) Sometimes redeye isn’t a bad effect!

In a couple of hours I pick Husband up for the weekend so I better go and hose down the area outside the back door which all our birds seem to think is the toilet – arghh!

30 responses to “Hints of harmony

  1. It’s hard to be Thebes kid

  2. P&B says:

    Animals are better at co-existing with one another than humans. I’m not surprised that they are able to hanging out together. Only humans that harm each other for no good reasons.

  3. I think I shall call you Dr. Doolittle from now on or DD for short. Margie

  4. Bec says:

    Good luck Leroy ! With my son at daycare I am often the same – peeking around corners and making sure he is fitting in 🙂

  5. I always feel sorry for the one who is the “odd bird out.” Hope they accept him soon.

  6. magsx2 says:

    I love the first photo, that is just gorgeous with the dog and the birds all just happily being in the same area. 🙂
    I’m sure with a little bit of time the new member will start to became one of the crowd, and I’m also sure he is going to love living there at your place, he will be well looked after. 🙂

  7. twizzkid says:

    Love the picture of Jack ‘hangin with birds!

  8. Jules you and your wild life refuge makes me smile every time I read one of your incredible posts. I like son’s analogy of being the new kid. Very good! And very observant.

    I think it’s actually very amazing how different critters get along. Makes my heart sing.

    The dogs and birds finding harmony is just so sweet. Reminds of when our adult daughter, grandson and their cat & guenie pig moved back home for a bit. Our own cat, Truman soon discovered he has an identity crisis. Climbing inside the guenie’s cage, happily snacking on vegetarian pellets, even trying to grab a piece of red leaf lettuce from the cage when kicked out. When they moved out recently I think he actually has been morning the loss of company.

    He now has a baby kitten on his horizon, he just does not realize I’m not into guenie pigs.

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    Nice to see the harmony!

  10. bluebee says:

    I think dachschunds, the world over, have short-dog sydnrome, which makes them very grumpy – I would be that grumpy, too, if I had such short legs 😉
    Enjoy your weekend with your Hub, Julie 🙂

  11. I love Jack and the birds together! That can’t be a very common photo to find anywhere!

  12. pixilated2 says:

    Oooh, just read your comment to whatimeant2say… That had to hurt. My dog buddy is really good with chickens, but little goslings are just to meant to be played with… 😦 The other side of the coin is Tucker, who is a fierce goose fighter! One hisssss… and the fight is on! Nobody has been permanently injured. Yet…

    I’m sorry about your little broody hen. ~ Lynda

  13. victoriaaphotography says:

    Your last sentence made me smile. I used to squint at the Eurasian Coots standing awkwardly on their nests on the Royal Botanic Gardens lake last year. It wasn’t until I got up close that I discovered the nest was their toilet.

    Hmmmm. well at least all your birds use the one place for their toilet habits – shame it’s sited near your back door though.

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