On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 23:17:25 GMT, "Clive Summerfield"
My parents have always had Setters, of varying hue. I don't recall one
of them that could hunt or retrieve.
They live near a pheasant hatchery, so the lanes are often full of the
little flying hippies (bright plumage, hang around in woodlands,
permanently stoned). Walking their Gordon Setter at night we'd often
surprise one out of a hedge. Dog and bird would then stare at each
other in equal bewilderment, until the bird managed to outwit it.
"What do I do with this ?", you could see it thinking. "Will it be my
friend ? It doesn't _look_ like a postman, or a car. Probably best not
to bark at it then. Yes, Master will come along and sort it out for
Scrumpy is our first Gordon (just short of 4 months old), but we've had 7
Irish Setters as well. I would sum the breeds up as "affectionate, faithful,
lively and totally and utterly gormless". Certtainly of no use wrt hunting.
Response to wildlife of all forms appears to be "I wonder if it wants to
play with me?".
Oh well, not going to risk poison with pets and children around, so it looks
like the petrol and spade approach.
On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 15:39:43 GMT, "Clive Summerfield"
Their currrent Setter is an Irish red & white. Probably one of the
smarter ones. The Gordon was definitely the doziest. It traipsed
around with an air of infinite sadness all day "If only they'd sit
still and stop being so _confusing_, I might work out what was going
Do whales have krillfiles ?
( If I could jut correct the original poster . The likelyhood is he
hasn't got one rat but a whole lot of the buggers.)
We find a few cats around the place works wonders.
One year I laid poison to beat the band. It kept disappearing and I
kept replacing it.
The following summer when searching for something in the workshop I
came across a load of it which had been brought back for the family.
Hadn't been touched to all appearances.
They aren't particularly fond of humans so you may find that something
is drawing them to your premises. Bird feeders are notorious for doing
this, as is waste food left around., or, as in our case, the outlet
from the sink used by the waste disposal or the septic tank ( shudder)
Paul Mc Cann
Pretty sure there isn't a whole horde around here, though we live near a
couple of farms so they could be refugees. Since removing all food from the
bird table, the bugger(s) hasn't been sighted though there's a couple of
suspicious holes in the gardens. Gonna try the petrol/portfire/spade option
It has been remarked that the only way to get rid of rats is to make
your local environmnet a rat desert (as opposd to a desrt rat, which is
something Nigella Lawson does with choclate and cream I believe).
Faced with starvation or migratin, your average rat will be over the
hill faster than an illegal immigrant on methedrine.
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