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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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bestwriter wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:24 AM

Very interesting story. So Tiny is out and the fowls are in :)

alexdg1 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:28 AM

Cute story. I'm glad that Tiny had his day, though!

LoudMan wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:28 AM

It doesn't sound like the dog did one single thing wrong. haha. Good boy. :)

paigea wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:50 AM

Pets and farm animals. A never ending source of fun! Cute story.

chatombreux wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:13 PM

I think that realization took longer than necessary, don't you? LOL

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:32 PM

He is and they are. A happy ending for all.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:33 PM

If I had to root for either the chickens or the dog, I would root for Tiny every time.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:34 PM

You're right -- Tiny was just doing what "country" dogs do. I'm sure city dwellers may view the story a bit differently, but there are differences in city and rural life. I hope it remains that way.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:35 PM

With the exception of my grandchildren, animals in general bring more smiles to my face than most people.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:37 PM

I think my neighbor was reluctant to hem in either the dog or the chickens and thought he could teach Tiny not to eat the fowl. Yes, more chickens would have been spared had my neighbor fenced them is sooner. : )

MegL wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:56 PM

Clever dog! It's a wonder some wild animals didn't get those hens roaming so freely.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 9, 2014, 1:02 PM

Animals certainly are smarter than many give them credit for. Funny story (somewhat anyway, not for the chickens who died!).

AngelSharum wrote on October 9, 2014, 1:32 PM

LOL smart doggie. I hope it all works out for the neighbors now.

Kasman wrote on October 9, 2014, 5:14 PM

Tiny 1, Owner 0! Great story. Tiny deserves the odd chicken for his cleverness.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:30 PM

When Tiny is roaming rather than secured near the dog house, I don't think many wild animals get too near the property.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:31 PM

The chickens were meant to be eaten, although by my neighbor and not his dog. lol

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:32 PM

I think everything and everyone is happy with the situation at the neighbor's now. Tiny is pretty smart, isn't he?

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:33 PM

Yes, I was happy for my furry friend. : )

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:34 PM

I agree. Poor Tiny could not have been happy at all about being relegated to the dog house after having his run of the property for so long.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:47 PM

my dogs would chase the chickens here sometimes unfortunately one would die but they do not eat them, just play with them

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:55 PM

Those are more genteel dogs, I would say. : )

BarbRad wrote on October 10, 2014, 12:28 AM

Sounds like Tiny was very clever indeed. He also knew what he wanted and went after it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 10, 2014, 2:18 PM

I'm waiting for Tiny's upcoming ebook: "How to Have Delicious Chicken Delivered to Your Dog House Free in 30 Minutes or Less".

Kasman wrote on October 10, 2014, 6:35 PM

Maybe the PCBA could hire Tiny as the 'muscle' and security for its up and coming RV trip.

AliCanary wrote on October 11, 2014, 6:14 PM

I'm not sure cleverness had anything to do with it--especially on the part of the chickens!