Question: What do Elmer Fudd & Yogi Bear have in common?
Yes, they are both cartoon characters, but I was refering to our canine character, Yogi.
Answer: They are both obsessed with hunting Rabbits.
Yogi after a morning of chasing rabbits through the tall mustard
I mentioned in an earlier post that Yogi had fairly severe separation anxiety when we got him. He is much better now, but not completely cured. One thing that helps him through being alone, is if we can get him lots of running time and tire him out in advance. When we know we're going to leave him alone for any amount of time, I will usually take him to a vineyard somewhere to chase rabbits beforehand.
Yesterday, Cindy & I volunteered to work during the Taste of Yountville festival. It's a fun event where the main drag through "downtown" Yountville is closed off for food & wine booths, bands and entertainment for kids, too. At our booth, we sold wine glasses and tasting/food/entertainment tickets. The festival set attendance records yesterday. Our booth sold out of everything before the second shift took over. Yesterday morning, Knowing that Yogi would be home alone, I wanted to take him out for some excercise.
So as soon as it was light enough in the morning, I took him to some vineyards just off the intersection of Skellenger Lane and Conn Creek Road. I'm a self-proclaimed census expert when it comes to the local rabbit populations. These vineyards have an abundance of rabbits and several coyotes, too.
When I turn on the blinker to turn down Skellenger Lane, Yogi knows where we are going and he just can't contain his excitement. He immediately starts whining & barking. In my little CRV, it's hard on the ears. He is always very obediant when I tell him to quiet down, except when we are on our way to these vineyards.
Even though Yogi is obssessed with chasing rabbits and laser lights, he has never caught either one. But his enthusiasm never wanes. And I really don't think he would know what to do, if he ever was to catch anything - It's all about the chase!
Can't wait anymore, we're off to chase rabbits!