This afternoon, I found their fifth kill. So far, in the last 2 months, they've killed five birds. I had wondered what was going on, but yesterday I finally got a good view of what's going on. When I was working on Molly, I noticed that they scarfed down most of their food but left a few crumbs at the bottom of their dishes. This is somewhat unusual for labs who tend to scarf down all their food and their plates some days.
But the weird thing is that then they waited.
They actually waited and tried to look uninterested until some birds decided to help themselves to the food in their dishes. Then they both attacked at the same time. They didn't catch anything then, but they went right back to their spots and waited again for a while. I saw them do this 3 times yesterday (between taking breaks to go play, go bark, go lie in the shade, etc...).
I didn't see them catch anything, but they seem to have gotten lucky today.
It's kind of bizarre that they both do this. I suppose Zhaan taught Saks (I know Zhaan used to do this once in a long while before I moved to this place). Now they both seem to enjoy luring the birds in and catching the occasional one. I guess I didn't think that dogs would be quite so clever (or evil). They're the sweetest dogs imaginable, totally friendly and happy and goofy (as labs tend to be) but they seem to like killing those birds. Even more interestingly, they don't actually do anything with the birds they catch, they just kill them and leave them for me by the back door, I guess they're trying to earn their keep ;).
Heh, makes me kind of glad that I don't have feathers :-p