Blame It On The Rabbits

The smell hit me first.

And then I saw the carpet.

My poorly chosen (not by me) off-white, wall-to-wall carpeting, freshly crossed with vacuum tracks left by the cleaners just two hours earlier.

The dog – ears flat against her head, tail tucked under – was lying morosely in the middle of her crate, which appeared to be leaking…half-digested kibble.

Can dogs projectile vomit?

I sighed.

I had just returned from the rare treat of lunch out with my husband, and I fully intended to slowly digest my yummy lunch while enjoying in the (momentary, albeit) CLEANNESS (is that a word?) of my house.

Instead, I was on my hands and knees dabbing at my stained floor. I was NOT enjoying my clean house.

I had crated my poor pup because she has had an upset tummy over the previous two days, during which time she had left me “gifts” on the floor. (Hardwood, not my area rugs.) The closest we could figure is that she had been nibbling on the rabbit deterrent the Hubs had re-applied to our beds in hopes that the rabbits overrunning the neighborhood wouldn’t chew our backyard landscaping down to the nubs.

Last fall they completely decimated an entire row of bushes and some other plants around the pool. This year, the little monsters have already gnawed my giant mums bare as far around and as high them as they could reach.


My flowers had been rabbitscaped.

The deterrent was clearly marked as “safe for dogs and cats” and the primary ingredient was rabbit blood – along with about 8% white pepper, and 8% garlic.

So, about that….

The vet gave her a VERY thorough exam, administered some fluids, gave her a shot to help her stop vomiting, drew some blood, followed her around their yard to get a stool sample.

My very expensive lesson today? Garlic isn’t just nasty for vampires – it’s toxic to dogs and can damage their red blood cells. And even if they don’t ingest a lot of it at once, small amounts over a long period of time are equally dangerous. The end result from her late night nibbling (and morning flower bed grazing, and her afternoon noshing) was that she was dehydrated, her tummy was sensitive to the touch, she had gastritis, had some internal bleeding and her digestive system was inflamed. Poor puppy!

And despite all this going on with her, she races out the back door like a gun from a bullet, chasing after the pain-in-the-arse bunnies that seem to ignore the rabbit deterrent as much as she eats it. She is hunting wabbits all night long. The thought occurred to me that maybe we should get one of those pellet pistols, but we’ll have to see about that.

So my lack of sleep, my stained floor, my gnawed shrubbery and my wobbly, woeful pup?


I blame it ALL on the rabbits.



  1. Pellet gun!

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