Mollie, like a lot of other dogs, is a one-dog neighbourhood watch. We have an ideal window ledge for her to hop up on, watch the world go by, sleep in the sun, and bark her head off at anything and anyone she deems to be a threat. This includes little old ladies and small children on bikes most of the time, but in Mollie's eyes these potential threats must be warned that her house will not tolerate any shenanigans from these rogues of society.
|"I see you Ethel. You're not fooling anyone. Just keep walking."|
|Admittedly, it'll be hard to find anyone with a headshot this good.|
Anyhoo, so the neighbours opposite have gotten their young daughter a kitten. I'm not particularly fond of cats, but this is a pretty little kitten, with light grey fur and blue eyes. And it's in that kitten stage of bounding around their garden like a little furry maniac, usually under the watchful eye of the little girl that owns it. All very cute. However, these dire acts of treachery have not gone unnoticed. The neighbourhood watchdog has been observing, and has not been impressed by this. The cat is obviously the ringleader in these crimes, and it will not be tolerated.
|Head Police Dog of the household. Works on commission for treats.|
|What are rabbits compared to catching a Golden Snitch though?|
|And of course, trolling goes hand in hand with pulling silly faces.|
SO! Back to the story! So, whenever a member of the family comes home, be it my mum, my brother or myself and my partner, my dad will open the door and let the springers come out and say hello. They're always good dogs. They greet us, make a fuss, and then we call them inside and all is well.
|Rolling out the liver and white carpet, so to speak.|
|"No need to thank me, citizens."|
Well, what can you say? We can train dogs, but we can't take away their instincts. The kitten is probably the same size as a rabbit right now, and if you've read other stories on this blog, you'll know that her favourite thing to do is chase them within an inch of their lives. She would have made a great gun dog, but she's equally happy with her life with us. We're just going to have to keep more of an eye on her with this new "threat" around, as Mollie is proving that age definitely isn't stopping her being a troll dog.
|Mollie definitely NOT practising stalking in the garden.|