Never Underestimate the Cleverness of Animals
I hadn't seen my neighbor's dog, Tiny, about on his property in some weeks. Now Tiny was anything but tiny, a solidly built mixed breed who weighed likely 75 pounds or more. Living in a rural setting, Tiny would occasionally visit neighbor's, but usually could be found sleeping in the shade off the berm of the road.
My neighbor stopped by one day, so I asked about Tiny and if he was doing okay. This is what my neighbor shared with me:
It seems that some of his chickens had been coming up missing. They, too, had free range of his acreage. He determined that Tiny was the culprit, so the dog was then put on a lead during the day to keep him from poaching the chickens.
The chickens, being chickens, would come to Tiny's food bowl and help themselves to his food. My neighbor soon caught onto this, so when he filled Tiny's bowl, he'd put the bowl into the dog house to prevent the chickens from getting into it.
Before long, though, the chickens would enter the dog house to eat the dog's food. Tiny began to stay inside the dog house and wait for the chickens to do just that. Then Tiny would make a meal of one of the fowl!
It wasn't long after that that I once again began to see Tiny roaming freely -- and the chickens were behind a fence.
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