OK… follow me on this… the container in the pictures was upside down where Jake is standing in the first picture. When we went out in the yard Jake KNEW there was something underneath it so was fixated on it. Brita and I walked by and he was digging away. As Brita and I get to the other end of the yard I started calling and whistling for Jake because I wanted him to get some running in but he didn’t come. ok.. I figure hunting won which usually doesn’t happen.
As we head back to the house we see and pass by the upside down container about 4 feet away from where it was when he was digging. I figured he got something and is somewhere in the yard with it recalling one time that he took about 30 minutes to eat a rabbit. More calling… no Jake. Then it dawns on me…. he took whatever it was he got into the house! (eewww… recalling the rabbit, squirrel, dove, and possum) So …..Brita and I walk into the garage, through the first floor, down through the basement and out to the garage …. no Jake.
As we head back out to the yard and pass by the container I said to Brita “what’s under there” as I lifted the corner up. Much to her delight a LIVE mouse runs out… (temporarily live mouse) so now Brita is very interested and I’m wondering what really is under there.
A note here… Both dogs were outside barking early this morning and there have been wayward possum and probably other critters in the yard in the past so I really wasn’t sure.
AND THEN IT HIT ME! JAKE IS UNDER THE CONTAINER!
So we lifted a side up and yup… out he comes! Somehow when he was digging it out it flipped over on him – 4 feet away! How do things like that happen anyway!?!?
So here’s the lesson. What if this would have happened when I was away. He was not indicating at all that he was there and was simply waiting to be rescued. What if it had been summer and hot…. that I hate to think about. We walked by it several times and he never moved and Brita paid no more attention to it than she did any other time we passed it. IT IS NOT THAT HEAVY and he could have at any time simply stood up! What a goof he can be but it sure is scary at the same time!!