Moby Goes Mousing with Calli

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Calli came to her new home with us just a little over a year ago. Little did she know how little time she would spend here in our little Boise home.

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Her first long road trip, to the coast, came after just a couple weeks.

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But Calli’s life is more than just riding around in Moby. She gets to do . . . . .

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backpacking
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rafting
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mountaineering
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hunting
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retrieving
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fishing
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day hiking
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digging dirt beds

trail maintenance

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                                                    stick chewing

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lying about on her custom front seat couch in Moby
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But what about mousing?

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Last week we put COVID-19 social distancing into play by heading for SE Oregon’s Owyhee high desert country to help with a annual project surveying short-eared owls. Luckily we got out of town just before the governors of Oregon and Idaho shut down the states.

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Calli tried to help, but didn’t find surveying nearly as engaging as hunting.

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Especially since I didn’t have binoculars for her to use.

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So she turned her attention to the Belding’s ground squirrel, aka the “sage rat”. The high desert seems to be especially full of them this year.

The joy of mousing.

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Calli’s mousing strategy: Step 1 – Find a fresh smelling burrow and dig deep.

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Step 2 – Wait for it. . .

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Step 3 – POUNCE!

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Step 4 – Snuffle deep in the hole.

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Repeat.

A new hole. Surely this time.

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The end of another tough day in this dirty dog’s Moby life.

14 thoughts

  1. Another great post. Calli is growing up to be a handsome dog. You look like a ship’s captain or epic explorer doing your survey with glass on top of Moby. And Janene puts up with it all. Thanks for taking me along on your trips.

    1. She is skinny for a Lab. I remember your Nick was a skinny one too.I know I have a picture of him somewhere, I’ll have to dig it up and compare.

  2. Larry,

    For as long as we have following your posts, how do keep your “rig” Moby is such good shape?

    Take the long view.

    John

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    1. Skill, luck, a thin wallet, and being a chicken at times have all played a role, John. There are plenty of dings and minor damage that don’t show in the photos. Moby is not in the pristine shape it was years ago when I last visited you.

  3. We have had a couple of ground squirrels move onto our place this year, which provides plenty of opportunities for digging etc. for the dogs. They have only caught a couple of meadow mice, moles and ground squirrels are too clever for them.

  4. Good times. I guess I will be doing a lot more yard work and plant earlier garden with the restrictions.

  5. What a happy lucky dog

    Sue

    I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

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