Friday, June 4, 2010
It was a exciting Memorial Day weekend for all. Jigsaw killed his first adult raccoon. This was not planned or something I desired to happen. His natural instincts took over and I couldn't stop it no matter what I did or how much I yelled. It was all over for the unfortunate raccoon. The incident happened on a small beach by Open Bay on the San Juan Islands. We were just coming down to the beach from the isthmus which separates Open Bay from Nelson Bay and the raccoon was down near the water. Jigsaw saw him even though he was a good 100 feet away. The raccoon saw us and tried to make a dash for the logs above the high tide mark. He almost made it but not quite. Jigsaw has fought with raccoons before when he wasn't so sure of himself and probably wasn't as brave as he is now with more experience. He has had a couple of earlier encounters with porcupines and raccoons. This time he grabbed the animal by the back shoulders and picked it up and shook and crushed for what seemed like a few minutes. The distance covered was considerable. The whole time I tried everything from yelling and hitting him with the leash to no avail. It was an event I hope doesn't get repeated. We do have a problem with too many raccoons and foxes on the island but we don't practice population control. My philosophy is live and let live. Jigsaw's background has to be from the Orrang strain of the breed. I know this is natural for him. I have no problem if he chases a deer or fox because they are too fast for him and the chase is quickly over. At home we have a few coyotes that he finds their scent in the woods and he follows their scent for some time. You can hear the coyotes crying to draw him in but there is never a fight because they are too willy for him. Back to the island incident Jigsaw was very proud of himself and finally listened when I made him leave the raccoon for the Eagles and Turkey Vultures. Licorice our Standard Schnauzer who is 11 years old was not helpful while all this was going on he tried to help Jigsaw and added to the excitement. An interesting thing about Jigsaw is he wants to do it all by himself. The only time he fights with Licorice is over the "hunt" or once in a great while food. We have Otters that hang out on the dock for our cabin and Jigsaw will fight any other dogs that want to join him in pursuit of the otters. Jigsaw loves people and other dogs big & small. He will play and act silly like most Airedales but, if the hunt is on take Jigsaw out of the pack because he wants to be in the lead and have no competition.