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Our Ginger was after something in the ground cover in our yard. She managed to trap it and next thing I see is a big rat in her mouth. Do Goldens hunt rats? Yuk Got her to put it down and got it picked up out of the yard. It was dead. I hate rats.:yuck:
 

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Aww....I LOVE rats. I am the proud rat-mommy to 7 wonderful little fur-kids. :) And I haven't had a dog come over yet that didn't want to rip em to pieces! My new puppy never barks...except when one of my braver rat-boys stares him down from his cage. Then Newbie FLIPS OUT!! Rats are like mini-dogs when raised right. It's just a matter of getting over those tails everyone hates so much.
 

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Maybe your rats are clean but I grew up on a farm and they seemed so dirty--leaving their little calling cards where ever they went. After Ginger dropped her find, I wanted to wash her mouth out with bleach. I'm just glad she didn't try to eat it.
 

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Moles Rats you name it Bella will hunt it down,:doh: Our garden was a lovely cottage style garden not now though.

Bella will smell a rat or mole from 100 feet, and will dig until she found's it.


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She was born in Australia before she came to England and i am sure she is trying to get back there, judging by the size of the holes.
 

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Maybe your rats are clean but I grew up on a farm and they seemed so dirty--leaving their little calling cards where ever they went. After Ginger dropped her find, I wanted to wash her mouth out with bleach. I'm just glad she didn't try to eat it.

Oh yes, they are very clean. We give them baths every now and then, even though they do clean themselves neurotically. But yes, the little 'calling cards' are never very pleasant, just something we put up with because we love them so! :p:
 

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Our older girl, Tasha, is the huntress and her son, Bob, who is 2, helps out. They are very good at rodents in general. The huntress is skillful at killing mice and I got to watch her in action when we camped in the high Nevada Great Basin area for three months a few years ago. The camp ground was infested with mice and I caught literally dozens each night in a water trap. But Tasha would hunt them down in the trailer and kill them. I have never seen her eat them though. I think its instinctive and would not discourage it.
 

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Maggie was a better mouser than our cat. She WAS fast, even in her senior years, but didn't eat them.
 
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