Skip to comments.City needs good dogs to handle rat epidemic The Chicago Way
Posted on 11/15/2017 8:01:59 AM PST by simpson96
Chicago is said to be the rat capital of America. The city is expected to break last years record for the number of rat complaints.
Walking to the subway after work, I looked down and there was a rat walking alongside me, said a trained journalist not given to exaggeration. It was gigantic, like a small dog or a fat squirrel. It just walked along without fear.
But dont worry, Chicago. Ive got a guy. And I hope Mayor Rahm Emanuel is listening.
Jordan Reed, the legendary American rat catcher, is known far and wide in the rat-hunting community for the pack of terrier dogs he calls his mongrol hoard.
Hes on an upcoming episode of The Chicago Way podcast on WGN Radio that I co-host with Jeff Carlin. And hes talking rat dogs.
It kind of sounds to me like you guys should start a club or someone should start a club a rat-catching club, to share information and to see if your dog has what it takes, Reed said.
Reed then listed the best rat-hunting breeds and described how to train a rat dog.
Whats ironic is that in the neighborhoods overwhelmed by rats, there are perhaps thousands of pet terriers that never are allowed to reach their true dog potential.
If you never allow a terrier to have some risk, it probably has never once gotten to be a terrier, and thats sad, Reed said. When you have a dog that was bred to work in pitch blackness, underground, youre basically dealing with a fearless animal. And really tough ones. Ones that can take a lot of punishment without quitting.
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Agreed. Way too many Democrats in Chicago.
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
Finally, honest journalism.
They bring a rat, you bring a dog. It’s the Chicago way.
Never mind Chicago.....release those dogs into Washington. That’ll put them to the test....the rats there are BIG and very well entrenched.
Is this article really about rats or is this innuendo and inference? It’s hard to tell with Chicago.
They have to qualify journalists these days. LMAO!!!!
Back to the future!
Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred to be rat killers because their small size would allow them to chase the rats into almost every safe haven that humans could not even think about.
We have an AKC male that has shown this trait since the day we received him. He loves his little plush squeekie toys that are about the size of a small rat to an obsession. When playing with him, we throw it and he pounces on it and finds a particular portion to latch his teeth onto and then whip shakes the heck out of it while growling at the same time. We are told this was the way they broke the necks of their prey.
I wonder if they put out photos of Hillary Clinton as decoys?
And the mayor is a Rat. How are they going to keep him safe from the dogs?
This girl is fast enough to chase down a rabbit or squirrel. A rat wouldn't have a chance.
I just added a section of higher fence to keep my 13+ year-old terrier mix from jumping it to chase neighborhood cats. He’s killed a baby rabbit and on one jump before I could get to him got to a kitten under a neighbor’s car and dispatched it in less than 15 seconds. Another neighbor took care of the disposal and we both agreed not to tell the neighbor that continues to feed the fertile feral felines.
“We are told this was the way they broke the necks of their prey.”
I watched my daughter’s spaniel do that with a squirrel.
He held it for a few seconds in his mouth,then he went right,left.right,left,and the squirrel was dead.
He then put it on the ground and walked away——there was no bite mark or blood on the squirrel.
I have a little Jack Russell that would probably hire out for some of this action.
Used to be quite a sport —
My rat terrier would do the same. She is more like a cat and as a puppy wouldn’t eat unless I rolled her dry food across the floor. Still doing it for fun (hockey dog never lets it pass) 10 years later.
There's lots of videos of guys using PCP air rifles to hunt them too.........
My Boston’s kill anything that comes in the yard. Large ground hogs even. Critters have learned not to come in the yard (except for squirrels).
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