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Ssssnakes Alive!!

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   8 Comments | Posted in copperhead · dogs · penny · rigby · snake
My dogs cornered a copperhead snake last night.  The slithery booger stretched himself out against the edge of our patio and ended up wishing he’d picked a more favorable location to doze.  Rigby and Penny, our Lab mixes (and snake hunters extraordinaire) double teamed the slithery guy.  Rigby stood at his head and Penny at his tail.  They trapped him.

I’d love to say they wrestled him into submission with brute force, or tied him into square knots with their teeth.  Either sounds better than the truth, which is: they barked him to death.

Okay, that isn’t literally true. Let’s say they barked him into supreme annoyance.   He become perturbed that his nap was disturbed by two furry beasties who wouldn’t stop screaming at him.  By the time my hubby investigated the incessant woof-woofing the snake was striking out with mean intent.  At my husband’s command the dogs reluctantly left their prey and trotted into the house, leaving my manly man to dispose of the poisonous reptile.  Just like the dogs, he declined to wrestle the snake into submission or tie it into square knots with his teeth.  Drat. That would have been so cool.

The pups received an extra treat for keeping our little world safe from big, poisonous snakes. If that bad boy had managed to sink his fangs into either pooch that would have been the end of them. A youngster in a nearby neighborhood spent weeks in the hospital last year, courtesy of a copperhead, so we don’t take such things lightly. 
With a large creek flowing at the back of our property we often see critters in the yard, most often of the toad and turtle variety.  This was the first creature capable of causing real harm. Kudos to my pooches for corralling the thing and alerting us to its presence. They more than earned their beloved rawhide treats.
Snakes beware.  Rigby and Penny live here.  They have a “woof!” and they know how to use it.

Til next time –


8 Responses to "Ssssnakes Alive!!"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 23, 2010 at 10:06 am  

    Eeewww, that is very scary. You left out the gory part, did your husband have to do the "disposing of"? I am so glad that nobody got hurt! Also, I love the french pedicure that your black lab sports … does that cost a lot at the groomer? I have a black lab too, and I am just wondering… :>)

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm  

    Hubby did, indeed, send the snake to reptile heaven. I didn't ask for the details and he opted to spare me.Penny's paws are cute, aren't they? She's a sweet little thing, weighing in at only about 45 pounds. I like the "french pedicure" notion…it makes her sound so chic!

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

    :>) I'm glad that everybody close to that dang snake is okay and that now he/she cannot threaten anybody. Even if it was only trying to take a nap.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm  

    Yeah…we're generally "live and let live" kind of folks, but a poisonous snake three feet from my back door is a little too close for comfort. My pups are lucky they saw the snake before it saw them.

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm  

    Oh my gosh, how frightenting this must have been. We found a skinny garden snake in our graden eating a big fat frog. Oh it was yucky. I can't imagine finding a copperhead.

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm  

    Fortunately, my husband handled it. Maybe he deserves a rawhide treat, too! 🙂

  7. Comment by BECKY
    June 30, 2010 at 12:06 am  

    Wow! That would definitely scare the *&$#* out of me!! 😀 So glad neither your 4-legged, or 2-legged family members were harmed in any way!!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm  

    Scared me too, same way! LOL Our back yard is about 1/2 an acre and the dogs pretty much own it, so the biggest danger was to them. I'm just grateful they knew the snake was not a plaything. I guess they aren't as knuckleheaded as I'm always saying. 🙂

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