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Patch's close call

    I decided to take my Jack Russel Terrier to a state park in Delaware located next to the famous C&D canal. Patch, a short haired Jack Russel had been confined to the indoors for most of the winter as he doesnt care for the cold. At the C&D canal there is nothing but thousands of acres of grassy open land boardered by forest. Birds of prey such as large hawks, bald eagles, brown eagles, & turkey vultures are always seen flying above gracefully gliding on the wind currents. Upon making my 1st stop, I let Patch go & the dog went ballistic. He was very happy & ran non stop  investigating everything, & ofcoarse, leaving his urine mark. He was over 20' away when this brown eagle, whom I initially didnt see as I was focused on Patch came swooping down on him. The eagle had what looked like a wing span of about a yard across. He was what looked like within 3' of my dog but suddenly aborted his intended target. Patch weighs probably about 20lbs which Im sure would'nt be any problem for the predator. Perhaps he mistaked Patch for a rabbit, or possibly me yelling & waving my arms wildly detered his actions, I'll never really know. As the eagle flapped his wings to regain attitude, you could hear the birds powerful wings displace the air. Thats  what suddenly alerted Patch to the all to real threat. I've seen similer actions like this on TV shows on nature topics, but to have it happen right in front of me, & to my beloved dog was both frightening, yet facinating. Upon realizing what was happening, Patch took off like a bat out of hell, but in all actuality, the bird had him in his sights & ultimatly would have snatched him up. I cannot help but to wonder if I scared the bird of prey off, or if it realized upon getting closer to my dog, that it was to large or simply wasnt worth the effort. I'll never know, but thankful "MY BUDDY" came out of it unscathed.

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  • 3 years ago

    -Not-Sure-

    I am. I love animals. I will definitely try to find the time to read more. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 3 years ago

    daviske100

    @ -Not Sure-,

         Thanks for the responce Kenny as like you expressed &/or specified, he very well might have been a naturel dinner item on the predator's menu. Its very unlikly I'll ever take Patch back to that location. Now with summer just months away, I need to be concerned about snakes like cooper heads, which depending how hot the summer is, can be very abundant here in Maryland. Getting back to the Brown eagle that swooped down on Patch, every time I think 'bout it I get a gut feeling as Im sure if the birds large talons were embedded in Patch, it would give him little or no chance at surviving the attack. Your dog Bishop, at 95lbs would have a much better chance, but giving a 2nd thought 'bout it, the dog would still be suseptable to a large bird of prey. What breed of dog is Bishop? At any rate, see ya on our games champ!

  • 3 years ago

    -Not-Sure-

    Jeesh! I would've freeked out! My guess is the bird over estimated it's prey and or like you said, maybe you scared it off. I wouldn't imagine Patches would be a natural dinner item on the birds menu. Maybe just the shape and eratic movement of your puppy initiated a closer investigation. When it got closer, lost interest.

    Either way, thank God it didn't follow through. I've heard of large predetory birds taking cats. I'm fascinated with Raptors. They are increbile predators.

    I'm glad I don't have to worry about that with my boy Bishop. He's about 95lbs. 

  • 3 years ago

    daviske100

       'Lil FYI to my fellow chess lovers--

        Should your intrest in my dog arouses your curiosity, there's three more blogs I've posted on my beloved dog "Patch" w/ the 1st titled "For the love of an animal". It also contains some history on the Jack Russel during WWII, my 2nd posting is "More on my dog Patch, The 3rd posting is titled " My miserable Jack Russel Terrier". Im hoping you thouroghly enjoy them.

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