Scooby vs. The Squirrels by Maureen Dodd

by Linda Coors on October 5, 2011

Our Great Dane, Scooby Doo, is a born hunter. His ancestors were originally bred to hunt wild boar. Over the centuries, however, this generation of Great Danes has become docile. Couch potatoes, essentially. Yet deep down in Scooby’s collective unconscious remains the immense instinctual desire to hunt.
While Scooby spends most of his day napping in the most comfortable places available, he definitely comes alive when it’s time for his daily run. He gets so excited in anticipation of his big walk at the end of my long work day. As soon as we arrive at the park, he takes on his “I’m ready to hunt pose” as he scans the place for unsuspecting squirrels. His transformation from inert pillow dog to virile squirrel hunter is made in a split second, and it is awesome to behold.
Despite his efforts, our Scooby of the 21st century is too slow to catch a squirrel. Like a modern aged true hunter, he definitely puts all of his effort into the chase and never gives up. Scooby chases the elated squirrels until they scurry up trees and taunt him from the branches above. It is a ritual from which we all receive immeasurable joy.
This of course, discounts that one time when a belligerent squirrel teased too much. This Squirrel mocked Scooby within his impressive reach. Scooby jumped up and snatched the squirrel right out of the tree then immediately dropped the stunned and ego bruised squirrel on my command. Scooby glared at me as his nemesis scampered back up the tree to safety.
“How could you?” his gaze seemed to say. “That was mine.”
We stood in silence until he turned on his paw and trotted back to the car.
This time of year is exceptionally exciting for Scooby. Squirrels own the orange, yellow, and red tree lined dog parks.
I’m convinced that when he naps and runs in his sleep, he is dreaming of the park, the trees, and the squirrel that got away. His enthusiasm for the fun of the chase is excellent motivation for me. I could never deny him the pleasure of the hunt.

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mark October 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

you would only have to be in scoobs vicinity to know and fear his ferocious bark and kind of a growl. If there is a reward involved I am sure he deserves it!!! MS

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Kirby Bowe October 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

You go Scooby Doo! Our little Tessa (6 month old Yellow Lab) looks up to you, literally (although she can no longer walk underneath you). Beware you cheaky, chatty squirrels!

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Stephanie Fast October 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Great read!!

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TOM & MARGO October 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Great Story, glad it was a squirrel and not a porcupine,

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