More photos and the story below. . .
When we adopted beagle pup Bert back in late December, he came to us with the assurance that he was an accomplished mole catcher, which is just what we wanted to hear.
Right from the start he was an enthusiastic member of the Mole Patrol, intently digging for hours all around the farm and encouraging others to do the same. But after a while (like several months), it appeared that although Bert did a whole lot of mole hunting, he never seemed to do any actual mole catching. It was getting to the point where the dog damage was becoming worse than the mole damage.
Fortunately things changed.
Over the last couple of months, I've found six dead moles in the vicinity of various excavation sites. I'm not generally one to celebrate the demise of little critters, but moles—who are capable of tunneling up to 160 feet in a single night—do a tremendous amount of damage in the garden and around the farm.
And while I haven't actually seen Bert catch any of the moles, I'm giving him the hard working benefit of the doubt.
Now if only somebody around here liked to eat them. Apparently dogs, cats, and chickens all think moles taste terrible.
Back to work!
Want to see more of the Mole Patrol?
12/28/10: Mole Hunting
2/22/11: Bert's Back in Action
2/22/11: Donkeys on the Mole Patrol, Too?
2/28/11: It's Monday
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