Monday Mischief – Spot The Dog

October to May is ‘stinger season’ here in Darwin.  Stingers are box jellyfish.  It’s a good time to stay out of the water because it is not a creature you want to meet.  Most of the time it’s not a problem for dogs as they’ve got a covering of fur, but there have been quite a few jellyfish in the water recently and with Elsie being so young and curious I decided to give the beach a bit of a break, so we haven’t been for a while.  My fear is she bites one, which could be disasterous.  One dog was killed at our beach as a result of a jellyfish sting last year.  So we’ve been swimming at our favourite spot at the creek, and we’ve been to the dog park a lot which has a huge billabong where the dogs can swim.  This is Flo and Elsie in full ridgeback mode, spying their quarry, who carries on sniffing, oblivious.  If you look reeeeeeeeeealllllly closely you might be able to see the speck of dog on the other side of the billabong which caught their attention. There is some debate as to whether ridgebacks are sight hounds or scent hounds.  I’m thinking that their sight is pretty flipping good though I probably need to show them flash cards of african wildlife so that they don’t waste their energy on black dogs who couldn’t care less.  A little less of this mischief and a little more playing would be good thanks ladies.

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Monday Mischief

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27 Responses to Monday Mischief – Spot The Dog

  1. Rose says:

    H, that photo is totally amazing!! Beautiful stance on the dogs. Oooh, stinger season – grew up with that. Thanks for your comments at my place and about the coucal! Amazing bird! I’ll be posting soon. Stay cool, want some rain your rain do you?! 😉

  2. Rose says:

    Don’t even know my own blog address, in previous comment should have put .com not .au. Gosh!

  3. They’re certainly watching very intently. Beautiful photo too!

  4. Declan Greyhound says:

    Flash Cards…how very errrr….well you know. perhaps you could send them to Circus Skills… and it’s never too soon to start the violin you know…….

  5. Woof! Woof! Jellyfish are fun to look at but its deadly. LOVE the photo. Happy MM. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  6. 2browndawgs says:

    That is a great picture. Jelly fish are no fun!

  7. barkandchatter says:

    What a great pic! Be careful you two!

  8. That is a fantastic shot! Looks like a beautiful spot. The poor black dog. I feel nervous on behalf of dogs that get Georgia’s “you are prey” look. At least Flo and Elsie didn’t go into crouch and spring mode!

  9. Doggy flashcards – love it!

  10. dachshundnola says:

    OMG Elsie is so big! She’s beautiful. 😀 Is she bigger than Flo now?
    Nola

  11. Jen says:

    Oh goodness, what would you even do if a dog bit a jellyfish? I know that vinegar can/does neutralize the poison, but will that even work if they bite it? I definitely don’t blame you for erring on the side of caution.

  12. Hey there,
    Good idea to stay out of the water!
    (I’ve just realised that you and my brother stay in the same place 🙂 )
    Sending lotsaluv to Darwin, and to YOU guys, of course.
    MAXMOM IN SA

  13. Oh we love the photo. Very handsome

  14. raisingdaisy says:

    Great photo! Those jellyfish sound NASTY.

  15. KB says:

    I think that their sight is fabulous! Wow, I can’t find the dog!

  16. Jodi says:

    LOL they look so intent staring across. Did they swim out to it or just stare it down?

    • Flo says:

      No, they just stared it down. I think they’re inherently lazy. A border collie or kelpie would’ve swum over. I’m glad they didn’t though! 🙂

  17. Box jellyfish sound nasty! Of course, I’m nervous of ALL jellyfish, on account of you never know how long their stingers are; you can be ten feet away and still get stung, apparently. I remember being in NZ at a beach where they were having a contest of some kind and later we heard that it was lifeguards competing and one had been stung in the mouth while swimming and had to be airlifted to hospital. Yikes!

    Sight or scent? Well, as an owner of greyhounds, I’d have to say they don’t look the right shape for sighthounds, which need to be able to run very fast if they are to get a quarry from half a mile away (the distance from which a greyhound can spot movement), but they don’t look totally like scenthounds either .. .so maybe a dual-purpose breed?

    • Flo says:

      Kennel clubs can’t make their minds up on the sight or scent thing. One has them in one group and another in a different group. I’ve watched Flo pick up on the trail of a friend who was out walking her dog in the same area and follow it until we found them, which was amazing. She was so intently following that I realised there must’ve been one of her doggy mates around because her nose never left the ground and she was a hound possessed. 🙂

  18. Louis says:

    Ridgebacks are neither sight nor scent hounds. They are a unique class of hound known as a Boundyhound.

    However I recognize that stance that Flo & Elsie have taken up when seeing another dog. Louis would normally switch to full on ninja mode at this point.

  19. Flo says:

    Hehe. It’s the stance that has me quickly calculating whether or not I can get to them with the leads before they take off on a chase because once they’re off I’ve got little or no chance of getting them to come back to their names. Elsie is the one who starts all the stealth creeping. I hadn’t heard of Bodyhounds before… how long has that been about? It would make sense because they really don’t seem to favour one sense over another.

  20. Louis says:

    I started calling Louis a boundyhound after finding this site years ago whilst looking for blogs about Rhodesian Ridgebacks:- http://www.netwalk.com/~laserlab/laserdog.html
    Half way down there’s a list of Latin-esque dog names and I liked “Canis boundaroundus” – it fitted Louis’s style of greeting people perfectly.

    I know what you mean when you say yiu have no chance of a recall once they are off. Louis’ recall is impeccable when there’s nothing to chase – he knows there’s a treat awaiting. However, when there’s something that requires his attention the mist comes down and all the steak on the planet wouldn’t get him to come back.

    • Flo says:

      I did wonder if you were being serious about the ‘bodyhound’, then realised that you’d written ‘boundyhound’ but had already hit send… duh! Memo to self: must wear specs when replying to comments! 😀

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