|Reuben - looking like butter wouldn't melt!|
Yesterday something horrible happened. My beautiful, soulful-eyed, little boy dog, Reuben, who is gentle and needy and always needs to be touching you, reminded me that ultimately nature wins over nurture. He killed a little bird.
S had gone out to put food in the bird feeder and a tiny siskin got into the back porch. The previous owners used it as a greenhouse and had put up bubble wrap on the windows for some reason and the wee bird got stuck between it and the glass. Before S could free it, it managed to get out but instead of flying out the top of the bubble wrap, it flew out the bottom and Reuben grabbed it. S made him drop it immediately but unfortunately because it was so very tiny and delicate the damage was already done.
S came in and told me what had happened. I was glad I didn't see it myself. The dogs were sent to bed in disgrace and I went out and picked the wee bird up. I will admit that I even tried massaging his wee tiny bird chest but it was just too late. I was gutted.
|Reuben, the killer.|
I know that Reuben is a terrier and it's instinctual but there's that silly wee part of me that was thinking 'I didn't raise you to be a killer, Reuben' and 'Where did we go wrong' as if he was an actual human kid who'd gone off the rails! Anyway, he certainly knew I was disappointed in him and put those hang-dog eyes of his to full effect to win me round.
S spent the afternoon taking down all the bubble wrap from the porch windows and then called me out to the garage where he'd laid it on the floor so that we could jump around all over it like a couple of middle-aged kids - popping bubble wrap is so therapeutic - I just wish we'd taken it down before it caused that wee bird to get trapped.
I'm linking today with Sunday Sketches, hosted as always by Alexandra. The sketch I'm posting is actually the last one in the 75 day challenge but it seemed appropriate to illustrate today's post so it's jumping the queue a little! I'm annoyed that I drew his snout too short but hey ho, I plan to turn it into an acrylic painting so I can hopefully get it right then.