My dog caught a chipmunk! Good grief!

@mentalward (14716)
United States
October 16, 2008 3:30pm CST
I don't know how the chipmunk got into the house, but there it was. I was TRYING to take a nap because I've caught a cold and need rest. All of a sudden, my dog, a tiny Maltese, went bananas! I looked down and there was a chipmunk lying on the floor, dead-looking, right beside the bed! I went to grab some tissues to pick it up to get rid of it when it suddenly jumped up and ran as fast as it's little legs would take it. My dog, Penny, flew after it! It ran into a corner where, apparently, my dog caught it because, before I could see what had happened, she took off out of the bedroom. I went after her but couldn't find her anywhere! I went outside. I called her, in case she had somehow gotten through the barricade on the deck. No Penny! Finally, she came running into the kitchen, where I was standing, and I asked her, "Where is it?" She ran out of the kitchen with me hot on her heels. She literally barrelled into the closet in my bedroom. Okay. I know where the chipmunk is now. I looked in there and Penny had the poor little thing in her mouth, shaking it... hard! I told her to drop it, which she did. (Good dog!!!) It WAS dead this time. I finally got it into a jar, took it outside and threw it into the woods. Whew! What an exciting way to wake up from a nap! My adrenalin is STILL zooming through my body. Have you ever had a dog do something like that? Cat's do it all the time but I've never known a dog to do it, at least not a Maltese! I've heard of rat terriers, but Maltese are not hunting dogs! They're tiny little white hair balls with feet!
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10 responses
• United States
28 Oct 08
Well I must say I also have a small dog.She's a min pin.,the fattest one I ever seen!!She does think she's big though and has never caught anything but flies.But she is a master at it!!!lol I think her bark is definitely bigger than her bite.She barks at everyone until they sit down because it makes her nervous i guess.I can picture you chasing them around lol!But don't feel bad for throwing back to nature,that is the way.And probably a good fertilizer for your garden.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Hahahaha! Well, if you ever need to get rid of a chipmunk, you can borrow my dog. I hope you'll do the same if I have a problem with flies! LOL
@dragon54u (27584)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I have a rat terrier, her name is Cookie. She will kill anything that walks on four legs or flies! Your little Maltese is a a rogue, a true DOG!! I hope you didn't scold her. She should be praised for protecting your home. Dogs are natural hunters. We've done a disgusting job of breeding it out of them but mutts and aberrant pedigrees succeed sometimes in fulfilling their natural roles.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Oh, don't worry! She got praised, not scolded! She knows that it's her job to protect us. Even though I would have rather captured the chipmunk alive and let it go outside, I know that my dog was only doing what is natural for dogs to do. Maltese are such tiny little things that I'm sure she was quite pleased that she could find an even tinier prey! LOL They have a tendency to forget about their size when it comes to protecting or hunting! I'm sure they'd love to get their teeth into the neck of those geese we have living on our lake... I wouldn't mind it, either! Those geese are pests!
@littleowl (7157)
21 Oct 08
WOW!! that is amazing..I have never had anything like that happen with either of my dogs thankfully, but have never heard of a little dog doing that either...she/he sounds a character hugs littleowl
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Oh, she's a character all right! This is the same vicious, rodent-killing dog that shakes from head to toe every time she hears thunder! LOL
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Oh, that poor chipmunk...it was probably scared spitless!! I wonder how it got in. Hopefully it didn't have any sickness that'll affect your dog. I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't die of a heart attack. We once had a bird get in our furnace closet at an old house we lived in...talk about freaked out. We managed to get it out without much trouble. [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG** [/b]
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Wow mentalward! That is strange! I guess you have a Maltese hunting dog!lol That must have looked so funny! I can't really imagine that. I know what a Maltese looks like and they really aren't supposed to be hunters, but I guess that the "dog" in them tells them what to do! I think the dog really thought the chipmunk was some sort of toy to play with and that's what she was doing. I'm not even sure if she knew that she was killing an animal. Just hope that she won't do it again! If she does, the she's turned into a killer Maltese!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Killer Maltese! Now THERE'S two words you just don't see put together too often! LOL Yeah, she probably thought it was a toy. She goes ballistic when I put any kind of toy on the floor that moves by itself, tiny little terror that she is! This is the same dog who turns into a shaking baby when she hears thunder. Maybe she's suffering from an inferiority complex. Poor little killer!
@Thoroughrob (11772)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Wow, I have never heard of that, but maybe the dog felt threatened. It was in the dogs space. It sounds like quite an experience.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Hahahaha! Yes, it was an experience, all right! Maybe she did feel threatened. She is very territorial and protective of her family, for sure! Or, maybe she just felt the need to 'conquer' something smaller than she is. She weighs 7 pounds and even our CAT weighs more than her! LOL
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I see you had a little excitement with the Maltese and the chipmunk. How is your cold? Did the exercise make you feel any better? Maybe your dog been around the cats too long and learned their skills. He got himself some good exercise too. Poor chipmunk my hearts goes out to him may he rest in peace. (RIP)
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I'm sorry I just got back to you, Chevee. Things have gotten out of control, time-wise! My cold is better, thank you. The exercise helped! Of course, I had all the exercise I wanted and then some trying to catch my dog while she had the chipmunk in her mouth! LOL Maybe she DOES think she's part cat! My other Maltese is part rabbit or at least she thinks she is. I'm convinced of it! LOL I feel so bad for the little chipmunk! They're such cute little guys! Of course, they ARE rodents, but they're just trying to survive, like all of us are.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
16 Oct 08
i havent seen a chipmunk yet. my husband says i can see chipmunks once we visit my in-laws again in north carolina. we have squirrels only. im sure you got so shocked watching your dog catch a chipmunk :)
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Hahaha! Yes, I've never seen her so vicious! Well, she DOES think that she's a big dog whenever strangers pass by, or if she sees or hears a wild critter outside, or if the doorbell rings, or when there's a power struggle with the cat, or if... I think you understand. That's a Maltese you're holding there, right? You know how they are. Chipmunks are so cute! If they weren't so destructive (and stinky), I'd love to have some as pets. Well, at least that's one less critter that will be munching on my garden next year!
@ronaldinu (12456)
• Malta
17 Oct 08
Maltese are clever (excuse the pun). I had a rough collie who used to chase rats and it took us a while to get her out of this habit. We homed her at six years of age.
@Grandmaof2 (7605)
• Canada
17 Oct 08
I have never seen anything like that either. I love my Maltese best dog I have ever owned. I know they get as attatched to us as we are to them, they are a very loyal dog and I'll bet she was protecting you. We've never had anything like that come in to our house.