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    Want to see what my dog Digger found the other night?

    It was late at night and we had gone out to the backyard. Digger was walking the porch when I saw him stop and point. This is a picture I took of him pointing out a squirrel one day so I've included it to show you how he points. 


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    So there he was pointing at something on the deck that I could not see because it was dark at that end of the deck. I walked over to see what he had spotted and saw a bird. I told him to "leave it" which means to back off, which he did. I reached down to pick up the bird who remained very still. I brought it in the house and realized it was a juvenile mourning dove. He didn't seem injured but I put him in a cage for the night so I could release him back to a safe place in the morning.


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    I think he had tried to fly but probably was not strong enough yet to fly far or get good lift. He was moving about in the cage quite well and flapping his wings so he seemed healthy enough and again, uninjured. In the morning, I took him, cage and all, and hung the cage on a pole I have out back and left the cage door open. When I checked a few hours later, he was gone. I checked the backyard for him but did not see him. I then went to check the front yard and spotted this adult dove on top of my Bronco.


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    It just stayed there looking at me, then it started bopping it's head at me. I just got the feeling it might have been the parent bird (mother maybe) and the head pop was a way of thanking me for looking after the little one then releasing it back outside. 


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    (when she started bopping her head up and down at me) 


    As soon as I thought, "you're welcome" at it, it flew to the tree next to the driveway and settled onto a branch. I really think she wanted me to know she was there by sitting on the Bronco and wanted me to know she appreciated what I did for the little one. Might be true and it might not be but I like thinking it anyway ;) 

    +14  Views: 1551 Answers: 14 Posted: 8 years ago
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    FISH-O

    I love stories like this. Amazing animals.
    Thanks Colleen.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I know you are the most appreciative of these types of stories fishy. You are so much a part of nature :)
    clu

    What a great story! Have you seen a dove nest? They are very flimsy! I'm surprized so many survive! The doves here stay all year. They are ground feeders so my cats make me nervous when the doves eat!
    leosmaml

    Nice!!!!!!
    witchway

    This is so sweet. All creatures can communicate. We just have to stop long enough to care, and you did. Very cool Colleen.

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    Very nice Colleen.


    I would like to share one as well, if I may.


    I discovered a cat living underneath one of my back decks many moons ago.  This deck was very low to the ground and only exposed on one side making it impossible to have a look underneath.  The cat must have had kittens under there and so I began feeding her.


    Every day before I went off to work I put a bowl of food out underneath an over hang.  As I drove away each day I would look in my rear view mirror and the cat would be at the bowl eating.  This went on for what seemed like months.


    One morning I discovered a rat in my garage. (The signs were clear)  I am deathly afraid of rats so I whipped in and out of the garage at break neck speed, making all sorts of noise so not to meet the rat face to face.  I was weighing my options for the removal of the rat as I placed the bowl of food down for the cat.  I jumped into my truck, looked in the rear view mirror, saw the cat and mumbled, "If you could take care of that rat I would be eternally grateful.".  I drove away.  I worried about that rat all day long.


    That night I came home from work to find the rat lying in the middle of the driveway.  The cat was sitting under the overhang.  I looked at the rat and then the cat.  I said, "Thank you.".  The cat looked at me as if to say, "Thank you" back.


    I drove back to work and spoke to a friend about the rat.... Alive or dead, I am still deathly afraid.  My friend went over to my house and disposed of the rat.  What a great friend.


    I never saw that cat again.  What a great cat.  I also never met any of her kittens.  I just had a feeling that was why she was there.


    Come to think of it now, she looked an awful lot like the cat that came to live with us here in this house.  Curious.


     

    doolittle

    I would not be surprised at all if it was the same cat!!!!!
    FISH-O

    I wouldn't either.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I truly believe this was the cat's way of thanking you. How awesome. Love the story. Thanks!
    Dardaigh

    I read your blog when I read Chiangmai's, Fishlet. It was so well written and very touching.
    FISH-O

    Thanks Dardaigh.
    leosmaml

    What a lovely lovely story

    What a good, uplifting story on a day like today. Pretty dog and point, too..................

    Awesome great dog Colleen, must be cool to have such a incredible animal..

    Colleen

    Moderator
    He's a good boy. Doesn't listen for cr@p when called but he minds well for all other commands. He's a typical beagle and when being on alert for other animals, he fixates on them and will not respond when called.
    digger

    Colleen, Is that me you're describing ?
    Colleen

    Moderator
    If the shoe fits, Digger, lol
    digger

    Like a glove.;-)

    Great looking dog.

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Thanks. He's called a lemon beagle. Apparently it's the newest breed of beagle.

    Beautiful story and a great dog. He must be very happy, that he found a good home. He looks very happy and healthy.

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Thanks Ann, he and his "brother" are both spoiled dogs and I do believe they are happy :)

    Yes I believe that is exactly what Mamma wanted to tell you!!!  How fortunate for her little one that you had a spare cage!!!!!  Your dog is very cute!!!  How are the 3 babies doing- any down feathers yet???

    Colleen

    Moderator
    You can see an update of the babies here >> http://www.akaqa.com/question/q19192015274-New-video-of-the-baby-parakeetsbudgies--

    (I will forever believe that was the mother dove.)
    doolittle

    My guess is you will hear the beautiful call of Mamma dove all year!! Until she migrates
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I get a lot of doves so I hear them all the time :)

    Colleen, your story is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. It's made my day.


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    lambshank

    you are so clever with the pics, great job
    Dardaigh

    Thank you,Lambie. I don't make them, I just find them. Tho' I did go to a name generator site for the Lacie's Cakery logo.

    Handsome little Digger, intelligent too no doubt?

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Yes, he's a smart one. Stubborn but intelligent. He's got the hunter blood in him but has learned not to harm wildlife.
    ROMOS

    Good for Diggety dog, he looks a good one.
    digger

    Gee, thanks Romos.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    He's our rescue dog. Leroy (my other dog) and I adopted him from a girl who was not taking care of him. He was skinny and dehydrated and loaded with fleas and worms. He was quite a mess. Now look at him. I love seeing the muscle in him as he had no muscle when we got him due to the fact he was so underfed.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    This is a picture of Digger one day after we got him and then what he looked like 2 weeks after being fed properly. He had already gained weight and the girl had told me he wasn't able to gain weight.....uh huh.
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    FISH-O

    He is such a cute dog!

    That's my BOY !

    ROMOS

    Hope you're not gettin the wrong vibes??
    LOL
    Colleen

    Moderator
    LOL. It's all in the name apparently. :)

    I love little animal stories like yours, i could listen to them all day.Digger looks like a true gentleman.

    A wonderful story Colleen! People who love animals must have a good soul.  Digger is very gentle dog because he just showed that birdie and did not touch  it.

    Colleen

    Moderator
    We have inside birds too. He knows he's not allowed to touch them. I wonder if he thinks all birds are off limits because of that.

    ^ 5  , Colleen

    That's a lovely story, Colleen. I'm sure your karma went down.

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Just sharing God's love ;)

    YOU DID A WONDERFULL THING GOD WILL THANK YA



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