Don’t read if the death of small mammals upsets, or triggers you. I’m writing this here, since this is kind of a journal for Maia’s progress.
I’ve written in the past how Maia passionately digs for mice. On occasion she digs some out. She was most successful in winter, when there was no ground cover, and the only shelter was their nest. She’d kill the mice.
Now, with grass and other plants providing ample groud cover, digging becomes less rewarding. The mice are outside and relying on the protection the plant cover gives them. Maia adjusted to that and now mostly jumps, and catches them with one swift strike. She usually kills them quickly, which I prefer, because I don’t like to stomp on them to make sure they’re dead. A predator killing prey is natural, but Maia is a domesticated pet who doesn’t need the food, and I don’t like unnecessary suffering. When the mouse gets away, I usually don’t allow Maia to go after it. She’s had her chance.
But she’s a hunter, that’s part of her nature. She has a strong hunting drive. That’s why I allow her to catch mice, besides, there are far too many mice around this year. The fields look like swiss cheese.
But recently, (while on leash!) she got a young hare. This made me very sad, hares are becoming rare around here (as opposed to rabbits and mice), and the animal was hurt too badly to take it away from her, so I was glad that Maia killed it quickly. It was not nice. I need to pay more attention and not let her go too far into the fields. I don’t want to get her another hare, or even rabbit. Mice should be enough for her hunting drive.
Otherwise Maia is doing very well, she has truly arrived. She’s acting more like a teenager now than like a pup. Soon she’ll be all grown up. The hare incident reminds me to never leave her alone with the cat even if they appear to get along better now, but it may be deceiving. It’s just too risky. They walk side by side peacefully one day, the next day there’s the wild hunt. The cat always has a place to escape to, but it’s stressful for him, and I’d rather be safe than sorry.