Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Squirrel Warrior

I interrupt our historic tour of Hopewell Village and Furnace to bring you a post about a dog that one of my readers has dubbed ‘Squirrel Warrior’.

You all know George by now, but for those who are new to the scene, he’s the resident border collie in our lives.

And he spends quite a bit of his time lately doing this.

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And this.

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I call it his squirrel point.

Border collies do this very well. It’s a stare down between them and the squirrel.

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Above him, dozens of squirrels cavort, running up and down trunks and leaping from tree to tree. Oh, they taunt him so.

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This is George’s territory and he’s done well with keeping the little varmints at bay.

It’s his job.

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Self-appointed by him and him alone.

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The tour through Hopewell Village continues tomorrow. I just wanted to share this with you today. All photos were taken by my husband and discovered by me in the camera disk yesterday. I found about 20 pictures, all of George looking up into the trees!

34 comments:

Ellen said...

The expressions on George's face are priceless. Your husband certainly has an eye for capturing George at his best.

Mary said...

What would he do if he ever actually caught a squirrel? I agree with Ellen -- his expression is priceless!

Marla said...

Haha. My border collie does the same thing, except he's watching shadows. It's quite entertaining.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Your husband takes great pictures. George needs to make a trip to Virginia. Danger next door would love to meet him.

Can't wait for the rest of the hike. This fresh air is wonderful.

Michelle said...

How cute.

Hilary said...

He is so handsome!!

Leenie said...

Such focus. Such vigilance. In my early life we had a border collie who's self appointed job was to keep the barn swallows off the electrical wires that crossed the driveway. This post really made me smile. :)

Cloudia said...

Thanks to you, your husband, and of course my hero George!
I needed a big laugh - you gave it to me. LOL!


Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

JC said...

I love photos of George ...

BUSH BABE said...

Oh sweet... your hubby is really upping his game!! And we have a whole slew of working dogs who have this EXACT kind of concentration - only its usually spent on cattle. (Or, if they are being naughty, roos, or rabbits).
:-)
BB

Annie said...

Hubby leaves his daily gifts for you on your camera card! Good on him. How sweet! Go George! I suppose the squirrels are protected, like our scrub turkeys, down under here in Australia?

JamaGenie said...

Don't tell George, but I had to laugh on seeing his expression. So many squirrels, so near, yet so far. Poor thing. ;D

queenbuffness said...

LOL! Has George seen the movie, UP! He's in it!!!

Deb said...

Dogs are so expressive. The look in his eyes is just priceless! I never noticed the color of his eyes before. very intriguing..

Deb said...

Dogs are so expressive. The look in his eyes is just priceless! I never noticed the color of his eyes before. very intriguing..

Deb said...

Dogs are so expressive. The look in his eyes is just priceless! I never noticed the color of his eyes before. very intriguing..

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How lovely; one of our puppies does exactly the same thing to cat!

CJ xx

The Japanese Redneck said...

What a great name. Love it.

He's so beautiful. Love the photos.

Mental P Mama said...

He's gonna need a massage after all that straining to look up....

Linda said...

I just love George!

Daryl said...

He is so photogenic ... I swear he needs his own Facebook fan page ..

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

totally cute! He is very busy and has a lot on his plate. My beagle is the same way. Have a great day!

Sweetpea said...

You are a cheeky devil, Country Girl...!

George, any new news from the upper limbs???

Jo said...

So ... would you call George a pointer?

Arlene said...

Well what a bunch of great pictures of George. Around here if you even think "squirrel" by dog is up an running!!

Gail said...

Awesome pictures and Good George.

Gail said...

Awesome pictures and Good George.

Gail said...

Awesome pictures and Good George.

Sharon said...

Our Duffy was a good squirrel guard. We didn't have acres but a decent yard for the city. And our neighbor had a large maple that spread over the fence. Once Duffy sat sit and a squirrel sat still on the 4 foot fence for over 20 minutes. Neither one moving. Amazing. Duffy did catch a couple of squirrels and even brought one in through the doggy door.

Without the squirrels, your tulips bulbs should be safe. ;)

tainterturtles said...

I love George's photos. Geez, my cat does the same thing....I've always said my cat acts more like a dog than a cat!!!!!

Michelle said...

I love-love-love all these photos! Don't know that I could LIVE with such an intense dog, but I just LOVE to watch them "on duty"!

need_a_latte_mom said...

The perimeter is now secure, we can now go forward. My job is here is done.
George

TSannie said...

I wonder what he'd do if he actually caught one...

Jill of All Trades said...

Surly George must have a crick in his neck by now with all that looking up!