As you may recall from a labrador with no taste for rabbit, our lazy Lila has been reluctant to help control Australia’s exploding rabbit population.  This summer the plague on our property has reached a critical mass where doing nothing is no longer an option.  So, for the first time ever, we called upon a ferreter and his furry team of two for assistance.

Naturally, Lila had never before encountered ferrets and when she caught her first whiff of Rodger and Dodger (arriving in a box), she was pretty excited.  Much more so than she’d ever been about rabbits.  I feared for the ferrets’ lives and tied Lila to a fence post where she could watch them from a safe distance.  Quietly.  So as not to distract them from their work.  [read more below]

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The ferreter and his young daughter laid nets across the entries and exits of a rabbit warren and then encouraged the two sleek, curious creatures (neutered in case one or both should go missing and create a different sort of ecological problem!) with a soft excited sh-sh-sh to tunnel through and flush out any occupants.  Lila strained at her lead, but understood that barking was forbidden.

After exploring every passageway, disappearing at one end and then popping up at the other as if to say “Nothing here!”, Rodger and Dodger led us to believe that the rabbits were not in residence.  It was evening so maybe they were otherwise engaged. Wreaking havoc on the environment elsewhere.   Wherever they were, it was a disappointment.  And Lila would now have to wait till another occasion to witness the ways of the world.

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