Nemesis

IMG_4745 IMG_4746Nemesis: (noun) arch rival, adversary, foe, opponent, arch enemy.

Wren is not happy about this little chipmunk that has set up housekeeping in the stonewall right outside the door. So close, yet so far. I think he has figured out that this dog is no threat to him and may even enjoy taunting her by sitting for long periods of time watching her whine, bark and scratch the window frame, which of course, displeases me!

He may not be there for long, however. Today a sharp-shinned hawk swooped down in an attempt to make him lunch. He made a lucky escape this time, but tomorrow is another day.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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45 Responses to Nemesis

  1. Poor thing is surrounded. The UN should intervene😄

  2. I’m not a rodent lover and we are overrun with chipmunks and squirrels so i say bring on the hawk and may the best man win. 🙂

  3. cindy knoke says:

    soooooo cute! both of them~

  4. arlingwoman says:

    My brother and I had identical stuffed chipmunk toys we still refer to as “the Alvins.” There are pictures of us with them. The real dudes are much less tolerable. If you have a hawk in the area, that may help. One sure took care out our squirrel problem!

  5. Sounds like the relationship between my dog and a little red squirrel. We call him Mattie’s babysitter, because she will stare at this squirrel for literally hours. She is like the dog in the movie UP. All you have to say is “squirrel” and she goes nutz. We have to say s-q. Pretty funny. I hope the little chipmunk escapes the hawk.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, dogs and little things to chase… it is in the DNA. ‘Chippie’ is living in a fortress of stone, so unless he is caught away from it, I’d say he’ll be with us for a while.

  6. It’s no fun to be taunted, – even if it by something so little and cute 🙂

  7. Jewels says:

    So cuuute! ^.^

  8. dorannrule says:

    They may be arch enemies but they are both awfully cute – Wren and the chipmunk. 🙂

  9. Sue Vincent says:

    Oh dear… there is nno easy solution to that one. I love my sparrows too… the ones Ani chases and barks at… But they are both very cute 🙂

  10. Debra says:

    The cute-o-meter is now officially broken.

  11. ladygrace33 says:

    Hope the little fellow makes it. He is just to cute 😀

  12. Those little rodents (the whole bunch of them) seem to get pleasure here from taunting Choppy – they definitely seem to understand the concept that she can’t get at them. It looks like she is not the only dog being tortured!

  13. I don’t have chipmunks but the squirrels more than make up for it. They drive Max to distraction and with so many trees here, they can always reach one in time for safety. How is Wren? Enjoying the warm weather?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I imagine terriers are even more crazed by rodents than the other breeds, since they were bred to go after them. They can’t help but give chase.
      Wren is great, thank you. Energetic and fun, it is wonderful having her companionship. She is so cute, we have to be careful not to let her rule the roost, which believe me, she tries! 😉

  14. Wren is such a beauty 😉 Having the chipmunk about must give new energy to her walks! We love chipmunks- probably because we don’t have them here and see them only in parks. The squirrels more than make up for it, with their chewing and digging. Have you considered a stuffed chipmunk toy to give Wren when she’s worked up? She will surely miss you this week, Eliza. Best wishes, WG

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I know, I miss her already. She and I are constant companions. Hubby will spoil her shamelessly while I’m gone, however! (Probably buy her another squeaky toy…maybe he can find a chipmunk one!) Hugs!

      • Well, Wren will probably help keep him company, so it all balances out. They will both miss you so much. She is probably lying where she can sense your presence right at this moment. I hope he can find a squeaky or chewy chipmunk! puppy heaven… 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Gee, I hope she’s not on my bed! 😉

  15. Robbie says:

    my dog is not so nice-he catches them when he can + I hate to see it-but they have learned don’t taunt-Chance-you take a chance!
    Your guy is a sweetie:-)
    + we have hawks that catch them too! I noticed one carrying something in their claws yesterday:-( I sure don’t like seeing it but we have woods down the way from our home which means-HAWK dinner time!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I rarely feel badly about rodents being eaten in the food chain, hawks have to eat, too. Rodents reproduce like mad and can be so damaging in the garden. It is tougher to see well-fed domestic cats killing for sport, which they can’t really help because it is pure instinct, or the cheetah pulling down a lovely gazelle. The food chain isn’t emotional, I wonder why we are? 😉 We must be Aliens! 😀

  16. mk says:

    I rather like the idea of engagement, even if it’s of the irksome kind. They’re both as cute as can be.

  17. Heather says:

    So cute – the pair of them! Petey keeps a watchful eye on our chipmunks out front. Such a strong prey drive.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, it is in their DNA! My husband finally had to block the entrance to encourage him to go elsewhere. He is still around, but no longer sitting in plain sight to tantalize the dog!

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