Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We are so saddened today to learn of the passing of our dear furiend Mr. Darcy.

We did not know this beautiful Great Dane for very long, but there was something about him that really touched our hearts. Those big dogs have such gentle ways. Please go over and send some good thoughts to his humans. We know how much it meant to us when so many of you were there for us when we lost our sweet Dakota. So many losses - we all need to go hug our pets and humans and tell them how much we love them.


Here is the hunter relaxing after his big adventure.

Many of you have been speculating about what Thunder caught the other day. We aren't 100% sure but we do know it was not a squirrel - no evidence whatsoever of a bushy tail. Squirrels rarely are ever spotted in our neighborhood, and we have never seen one in our yard. Our trees are still pretty small, and they don't produce any nuts or berries to entice the critters to come in.

We are pretty sure TD got a - gasp - baby bunny. We sure don't condone that sort of behavior here but dogs do have that inborn natural instinct to hunt prey. Mom thinks that there is a nest in the sideyard at our neighbor's. Thunder has been camped out next to our fence for days. These next two photos aren't too clear as they were taken from inside. But you get the idea.

We fully expected some regurgitation from TD, but none whatsoever. He showed no signs of being sick and had no trouble eating his dinner. The poop detectives (Mango wondered about this) report that all was fine except for the appearance of a bit of furriness.

And where was Mr. Phantom throughout all of this excitement? You guessed it.

All snuggled down in his crate with his blankie.



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

We just opened up our GR and now know the sad news about Mr Darcy -

We were so hoping he'd make it -

Tank woo fur telling us and honouring him here today -

I know woo don't khondone the bunny snakhks - we are what we are - Mother Nature kikhks in and well, woo know the rest -

PeeEssWoo: Off to Mr Darcy's

Mango said...

We said goodbye to Mr. Darcy too and our hearts are heavy.

I am most interested to learn what you might have eaten. My momma had a bassett hound that ate baby birds. Momma was horrified, but it surprised her so much that the deed was done before she could react.


Sue said...

We have a problem with bunnies trying to live in the rock pile. We do our best to chase them away before the dogs discover them, but they sure are persistent.

Sparkee Spud said...

Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Darcy's family as he will be missed.

On a side note, what size of crate do you use for the dogs? I think my poor Rocco is outgrowing his.

Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

TD you and sweetie need to hang out - she catches everything - she got a seagull on the beach over the weekend - mommy yells at her and tries to get it back but it never works!!

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

Stella said...

We are glad to hear Thunder Dunder recovered nicely from his Lapin de bébé snack. I was a little concerned.

Our sympathies go out to Mr. Darcy's family. They did everything they possibly could.


Princess Eva and Brice said...

Momma prefers that we get our bunny from a can but if a bunny is stupid enough to enter our backyard.........things happen.

We stopped and left a message for Mr Darcy's family.


Samantha said...

Yes, we are so sorry about Mr. Darcy - and his poor family and have been commenting. We'd hoped he'd make it sigh. Thank you for posting. Phantom - you are a good seed. Well Thunder - sounds like you are a true hunter, but... BABY bunny?
xo Sammie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Mr. Darcy but we went by to leave a message. It's so hard to lose a furry.

missbreezysbox said...

I'm going to go hug all 3 furry ones and my husband. I've lost 4 loved ones in the last 4 years. Thoughts to Mr Darcy's family.

Mack said...

We will go send our condolences to Mr. Darcy's family. That is so sad.
And Thunder you are our hero - No pukies or anything!

Anonymous said...

LOL well there are people that pay good money to feed their dogs rabbits lol.

I was wondering if he was as quick as Bonzo our angel bernese mountain dog. Bonzo caught several mice and rats in the fields around our home in Switzerland when we lived there lol. He would put any cat to shame LOL.

Sierra Rose said...

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Darcy.

Hmmmmmmmm a bunny maybe? Oppps! Hope it doesn't happen again, or bunny gets some quick springs in it's step!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and her mom

Alasandra said...

Our Mommy is hopeless she is appalled that you would catch and eat a baby bunny Thunder. We can hear her muttering BAD DOG!!!!!

We on the other hand applaud you. Socks caught a baby bunny when we (Scylla & Charybdis) were little to help us learn to hunt. The Mommy took it away before we could eat it and cried cause she couldn't save it's life (what did we tell you she is hopeless) but we have been hoping Socks will catch another one for us. ~S,S,C & F

Martha Basset said...

We are sorry to hear about Mr Darcy - we didn't know him but visited him recently and were struck by his gentleness.

We particularly liked that last pic today - cosy!

Martha & Bailey xxx

JD and Max said...

Very lovely tribute to the beautiful boy Mr Darcy - we miss him already, but know he's now running free with the wind at Rainbow Bridge.

And munching baby bunnies - well, we can't help our instincts can we? We're just surprised there was no - um - reaction other than a burp as it went down!! Shows you definately got the stomach for it!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos! So Sad about Mr Darcy.....

Wooos on the furry little snack, even if it was not a squirrel,I am sure it tasted just as ymmmy. I used to live with a bunny, for some reason, I never tired to eat him. He was humans sisters pet, and was old and tough when I got to know him.....
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Kasha said...

Mr Darcy was not only a great dog, but had an amazing name. Um pretty much my favorite movie! I love a cozy dog comfy in their crate! Great picture.
Kasha and Africa

Anonymous said...

I'm still impressed... even if it was just a bunny.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so sorry about Mr. Darcy..
We are sad for the bunny but like you said dogs do have prey drives. That is what our herding trainer says. Some dogs have more than others.. Callie and me the Blueman have huge prey drives but we don't ever hurt the sheep.. We sure like chasing them though..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The Army of Four said...

We were afraid it might be a bunny. :( Glad TD didn't get sick.

Tracey and Huffle said...

I did not know about Mr Darcy - he was my friend - I am very sad.

Glad to hear there were no side-effects from TD's adventures in gastronomy this week!

Huffle Mawson

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

We're soo sad for Mr Darcy......
Sure he's running on the rainbow bridge with all his friends!!!!
Bon voyage!!!!!

Baby Bunny??????!!!!!!!
Nooooooooooo...we can't believe!!!!
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....but we're predator.....sooooooooo...we can understand....
We loved your pics dear friends and we love dogs in the crates!!!
You look soooooooooo sweet and comfy!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!!!
Tons of love and kisses and a special thought for Mr Darcy and his humans!!!

Mochi and Mommy said...

Mom is very happy that there aren't too many critters for me to catch around our place.

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Darcy.


The Thundering Herd said...

You may not, but Miss Natasha condones the consumption of bunnies, mice, birds, etc. She salutes Thunder!

Alex93andme said...

My sympathy goes out to Mr. Darcy's family. I am really so sorry to hear that news.

A bunny huh? I was talking to a friend where I live today and she was crying because her dog caught one in her backyard...I had told her it's a dog's natural thing to do though but sad because bunnys are so cute. I'm just glad Thunder didn't get sick and it sure looks like Phantom is just taking it easy!

Anonymous said...

We didn't know Mr. Darcy but we an only imagine what his hoomans are going through!

We are sorry to hear about the unfortunate demise of the bunny but we are more happy to hear you where not adversely effected by said snack! BOL


Cheyenne -Millie said...

We are sorry about Mr. Darcy. We understand how hard loss can be.

And... you ate a bunny??

Dear me!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Our sincere condolensces for Mr. Darcy and his human family. You are very kind to honor him in your post, thanks for sharing!

Glad to know that TD didnt get sick!


Deborah said...

A bunny! OHOH...I won't tell Bud! What happens in Thunder's yard, stays in Thunder's yard!! I'm glad he didn't get sick!

Anonymous said...

Thanks OP Pack. Mr Darcy will get to meet Dakota now.
Darcy's Mumma

Ruby and Penny said...

A baby bunny. We would have gobbled it up really fast too, before mom came running.
We thought Mr. Darcey would be ok after his surgery. This is sad.
Love Ruby & Penny

BeadedTail said...

We're sorry to hear about Mr. Darcy. We didn't know him but still our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

A baby bunny? Oh noes! But we understand your instincts Thunder so know you couldn't help yourself. We're glad you didn't get sick though.

Lorenza said...

I am so sad to know about Mr. Darcy.
Prayers for his family.
A baby bunny?? Oh-oh!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Dory and the Mama said...

We were also sad to hear about Darcy....we went by and left our condolences.

Mama says she will stay in denial and pretend that is was a squirrel that Thunder swallowed and not the furry baby bunny that we are sure he gives kisses and love too when he goes outside...

Mama is VERY good at denial!!

Anya said...

So sorry about Mr. Darcy
we think on his family :(

Lovely shots today special the last one !!

Cyber-sibes said...

Mom says the first thing she thought of when she read about Thunder's "snack" was "baby bunny" cause Star loved those too - they're gone in just one gulp.

Actually, Star had a taste for rabbit in all sizes. She only ate the stupid ones though, stupid enough to go into her territory!

a-roos to yous,
Jack a-roo

Cyber-sibes said...

P.S. We pawed our sympathies to Mr. Darcy's pack, so sad to lose one so young.

And, Mr. Phantom looks sooooooo snuggly in his crate! Makes me want to go curl up with my moose blankie!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello op pack its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow a bunny snak did it tayst like chikkin??? the only wun arownd heer hoo ever ketches ennything is trixie but she hasnt eeten enny of it as far as i no she likes to kerry stuff arownd with her after she ketches it like it wuz a stuffie or sumthing!!! ok bye

The Furry Kids said...

We were so sad to hear about Mr Darcy. We just met him and were hoping he was going to get better. :(
I think bunny snacks are super delicious, but Mom thinks otherwise. Was that maybe what was hanging around under your playset a few weeks ago?
Ever since my bunny-napping incident (where I tried to smuggle a live bunny in the house), Mom does a "lip check" whenever I come in from outside just to make sure there aren't any legs hanging out of my lips. hehe Moms can be no fun.

Your pal,

Wild Dingo said...

Well, ESPECIALLY huskies have that high prey drive. It's amazing how wonderfully sweet and cunning they can be at the same time. Slightly scary if you ask me. but that's why i love mine. They are so much smarter than anyone thinks they are.

Oh well, TD, maybe mom can teach you to make nice with the bunnies or at the very least ignore them like Phantom.

We still love you TD!


Run free Mr. Darcy.. how sad. It always touches your heart. Hmm rabbit fully digested..no furry poops. Interesting. I think Phantom and my Mom need to be roommates.. she's always cold too.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We hate to hear about the passing of another blogging pup.

We found a possum in the yard the other night but unfortunately it was on top of the fence so we didn't get to play with it.