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My Dog in a Rabbit Hole - a Limerick and a little more

Updated on October 23, 2012
Rabbit hole photo - Google My dog in hole - photo manipulation by me
Rabbit hole photo - Google My dog in hole - photo manipulation by me | Source

Chubby as he was squeezed into it

It scared me to hell this hollow pit

His echoed barks fading

My lungs screaming bursting

There beside me sniffed, “mom, you’re a twit.”


≈♥≈ ©coffeegginmyrice



Rabbit Hole Facts and How To Avoid Them

It occurred to me that "what if my dog gets stuck in a rabbit hole?" Dreaming of my dog getting into a rabbit hole was already a nightmare.

1. Rabbit holes are dangerous - anyone could sprain or break a foot tripping into it.
2. Rabbit holes are not safe for dogs. Dogs like to chase and could go straight into the hole. http://www.dogheirs.com/larne/posts/432-jack-russell-rescued-after-two-days-stuck-in-rabbit-hole

3. Dogs that fit into a rabbit hole could get stuck for 24 hours to weeks of no food, water and little air. If you know that your dog is trapped in a rabbit hole, get help right away; call for the fire department. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3974655/Mutts-feeling-ruff-after-three-weeks-stuck-underground.html

4. Rabbit holes if patched, covered, or planted with a tree or shrub will discourage the rabbit from returning. Make sure if you block a rabbit hole that there is either no adult or baby rabbits that you could be trapping underground.

5. Rabbits could easily make your backyard a nesting home if grass is not mowed and pieces of twigs and debris are available for them.

6. Watch your pets during the rabbit season. You may build a fencing around the rabbit hole area where your dog/cat cannot disturb or chase the rabbits and to avoid your pet getting stuck in the hole.

7. Wild rabbits, it is illegal to keep them. If you feel that your pets will continue to threaten the life of rabbits in your area or vice versa, contact a wildlife rehabilitator especially if there are orphaned baby bunnies, or if your dog or cat brought home a wild rabbit.


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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahahaha, so FUNNY!!! "Kill the wabbit. Kill the wabbit. Kill the wabbit." I miss this Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs Bunny cartoons. I watched them with my brother when I was a kid...all those cartoons on t.v.

      Oh, the hub score is up again! What did I do? But I'm not letting it excite me again coz when I see it down, it makes me sad, huhu, lol!

      Ohoho, so Sobey's opens for you exclusively at 5 a.m., wow! I do my groceries good for 2 weeks. I don't like buying for a night's dinner and have to go out the next even if No Frills is just right across my street. I'd rather keep my fridge full and have everything within reach when I need them.

      What time did I get up today? I can't remember. Had a large mushroom/veggies omelette I shared with my daughter and Simba. Listening to Vivaldi...with earphones and high volume, his violin's bow is slicing my scalp deeper and deeper into my skull.

      I wanted to take my dog out to the swings in one of the parks here to take some pictures on the swing. But it's too cold. I'm chicken cold! Brrrr...

      I guess it's a lazy Saturday...doing a bit chores in-between...

      Keep warm...Scarborough Fair 1:37 p.m.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I see you had a visit here from Elmer Fudd - lol.

      And congratulations on your perfect hub score once again of 100.

      You really are a hub superstar and I am so proud of you.

      Even if I doubled my hubscore I would not reach 100 -lol

      Just up after my night shift sleep at 12:21pm and it's a typical color me grey mid-October day with rain showers and high winds. Luckily I picked up my groceries this morning after work at an all night Sobeys and I am in now for the weekend and don't have to go back out - living out here in the country by the lake is not convenient like living in the city as you can imagine - so networking and making things convenient like shopping after work is necessary. At 5 in the morning too I own Sobeys - no one is there except me and the grocery clerks - and yes I stocked up on cat food so they are well looked after -lol - as always - please let me know how your Saturday has been so far and I am sending you warm wishes and listening to some great wake up music by Antonio Vivaldi with my coffee and english muffins - big hugs to you from the Gabe man and the Diva Tiffy

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh no! teaches, that is even terrible and scary for your dog to find a skunk! Good the skunks have their way of protecting themselves and that would keep our dogs to leave them alone. Thank you for sharing!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Cris! I think I find it easy for me to think of a limerick with a point of humour into it than thinking of a haiku. :)

      You are doing well in your haikus too. Keep it up.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Eiddwen, thank you so much! Cheers!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh that's a sad thing Frank, for both the rabbit and the dog. Thank you for dropping by. These little furry creatures are not a plaything for our dogs or our dogs find them playful in the outdoors. The dog instincts tell so. At times when I take my dog out in our backyard, a squirrel up on the wall fencing would spot him first and then, they would be staring at each other. The squirrel seems to be watchful or plainly teasing him. But the way they lock stares at each other is interesting to watch...and when he dashes to chase the squirrel skipping atop the fence, I'd be chasing my dog too. Have a good day!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Gypsy! Thank you and yes, rabies is harmful to both humans and our dogs, and we don't want this to happen to us nor our dear pets.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I don't know about this "Cujo" movie. I just checked the trailer and what a write up about it. Poor dog and rabies really get them mad. I'd probably not watch the full movie for worries of how the movie will end and the dog's life too. My father used to warn us when we were little that if we meet a stray dog on the road to home with its mouth foaming, then we have to find a safer route, because that's a mad dog. In the Philippines, there were so many stray dogs before, some looking like hyenas! I'm not kidding! I've heard before too a number of neighbourhood kids get bitten by dogs, maybe those kids had teased the dogs first and threw rocks on them. One highnoon, my pa had to help a poor family and rush a small boy to a hospital from a dog bite in the neighbourhood. The dog was a stray was left alone. The boy was safe afterwards.

      Thank you Rich and you are absolutely right! I wonder if my dog finds a gofer or rabbit hole if he would be curious to check it out. It is best to keep our dogs on leash when we take them out and have anti-rabies vaccine updated.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh, no problem. I get conscious too just like you do. Often times, I'm seeing double and it is not what's coming from my head, but I type it anyway, hahahaha! Keep that poem 'bout your little miss Terrier going. *smile*

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello aviannovice and thank you! That's really cool what you've just shared here. I know someone too who has 3 Jack Russells and the male JR had already caught and ripped 3 squirrels. Boy, is he so smart. When he sees a squirrel, he just don't attack it, he waits on the other side thinking the squirrel would come that way anyway, and then he grabs it.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      My dog running away from me always gives me a heart attack. His fur is so soft that sometimes his head slips off his collar. One day at a waterfront park, his leash lock just malfunctioned and he escaped running towards the water edge. That sent me screaming in public, too scared he'd fall off the edge, or I'm not ever going to get him back. He stopped upon seeing the water and a good fellow grabbed my dog for me. He wanted to run and run, thought maybe of wanting to play. We only wish for our dogs' safety every time. I'm glad my dog does not dig and it was only in my dream that he was too curious 'bout finding a rabbit hole. He is kind of a high-maintenance dog, cleaning his paws after he's been out.

      Thank you so much tobusiness! It's funny how our dogs take our breaths away.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for finding this "hole" hub of mine. I'd like to read your poem about your dog who loves to dig. You'll finish it, you'll see. Have a good day!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      always exploring, yes, I had a good laugh at cleaner3's comment too, hahaha! Thanks for visiting this rabbit hole.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      btrbell, thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Oh funny. It remnds me of the day my dog chased a rabbit into the hole only to discover it was a skunk! Enjoyed your talent here.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Coffee, you are getting better on your limericks, eh? Good job but silly silly simba! Take care, you two!

      Love from the sky~

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub ;I loved it.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      very good.. very good.. I worry for the dog I knew this Rabbit that killed this German Shepard... it got stuck down his throat...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and what's up doc? Fascinating read and great information. I agree with rcrumple did make me think of poor Cujo who went mad with rabies. Passing this on.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Tess - Don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Cujo", but it speaks the same message. There are creatures in rabbit holes and underground caverns with rabies and all sorts of diseases. A dog's head is extremely vulnerable to any attack. Best to keep the dog out of those, and let him dig his own. Great Job!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Just read my comment back... I meant "well done".,.. not "wall"... sorry!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very good information. I recall a friend with two Jack Russell Terriers(AKA Terrors). They used to be involved in Terrier Trials, and one of the events was "going to ground", in such a place that you describe. This brought back such good memories.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Loved the limerick, great picture and useful info. My dog's not much into digging yet, but boy can he run!!.. He took off a few days ago I'm still trying to get my breath back after chasing him all over the neighbourhood.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      I love that photo... I have a similar picture of my dog with her head down a hole (she is a terrier and loves to dig...) and have had a poem started but never finished about it for ages now... if I ever finish it I will link to this because you have done a great job... brilliant limerick and the rabbit hole facts are a great idea! Wall done... voted up n stuff, all the best, Jen

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so cute..Ha.. Good info. too. I love cleaner3 comment..Hee

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub! Loved the picture! xoxo

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Ohohoho! Funny, Mhatter and I hope it is not true. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good limericks! You know why gophers and rabbits stay out of my yard? I feed the neighbor's cats.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you billybuc. I'm glad that you've found this helpful. I've learned 'bout it too, and I can be really careful even with my dog chasing squirrels. Put on the leash, yes, put on the leash, no matter how close I am watching my dog, coz wait, there's a squirrel and the moment he spots it, he can just zoom!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Cleaner3, you're wabbity funny! Don't give my dog that idea, lol!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I did not know this either, Audrey. But after my awful, sad dream, I thought that it could be possible. I thought that a chihuahua could easily get in this rabbit hole, but then, I found out that medium dogs could get stuck down there too. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the limerick and I learned something new in the process. Good info!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      I wike hunting wabbits .. have u seen any WABBITS??

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wow--I did not know that!