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The Scoop: Beware, Hawks Stalk Tiny Pets!

Although Giggle usually has some quirky news to share with me, this story is certainly no laughing matter. Turns out pet owners in the town of Windsor, Canada have to not only worry about other pooches at the park, but also aptly-named birds of prey.

According to a recent article, dogs frolicking at Willistead Park have seen some hungry hawks stalking the skies overhead . . . and occasionally swooping down for an apparent "snack."

One such owner, Mark Koppeser, says his five-pound Yorkie was nearly a meal for one persistent bird:

We heard a noise like a caw or a squeal. When we looked up, there was a huge bird soaring and it spread its wings less than a foot above Ginger . . . I yelled like you'd yell if your kid was going to get hit by a car.

Now one local bird expert is still skeptical about the story saying that it's the wrong time of year and even a small dog would be big prey for a red-tailed hawk, I wouldn't take any chances there, would you?


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colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Hawks can only carry like half their own weight, but my grandma lost a cat to one when I was a kid. We have two in our neighborhood, but the only thing I've seen them eat is squirrels and whatever those brown feathers all over the yard are from. :sick:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
My parents have a Bichon and Pekingese and they have been worried about both dogs getting snatched by creatures before. They have seen hawks and foxes in their backyard. They are pretty sure both dogs are too large for both foxes and hawks (one is about 15 pounds, the other about 10), but my Mom still doesn't let them roam by themselves.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Wow, that would scare me so much! I've got a big dog, but my mom has a 7 lb Shi Tsu. Yikes. In the valley here in CA coyotes are a major problem. You can't leave your dog in the backyard after dark.
amerynn amerynn 8 years
Coyotes have been known to take small dogs near where I live - in Chicago! My family has seen foxes a few times and I've seen hawks, but never close enough to worry too much about.
wren1 wren1 8 years
Not everyone can handle a big dog but still want that companionship. This story definitely does not crack me up. Scary! Once when I was at Yosemite the rangers there said be careful and keep your dog by your side because coyotes were snatching dogs, one was even taken off a very long leash. :(
wakeupandora wakeupandora 8 years
omg this story cracks me up. thats what you get... Bravo, Blackwidowchick!!
crystal-tomlin26 crystal-tomlin26 8 years
We were actually concerned about this too since our chihuahua sunbathes on our patio during the day. So, as trashy as it looks (I don't even notice it anymore) we used fishing line to kinda string across the top of our patio in a couple of places so a hawk wouldn't be able to steal her. :)
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
This normally sounds unbelievable but how they keep breeding these dogs smaller and smaller because some bleach blonde heirhead carries a small dog is ridiculous. Some of these dogs are the size of small creatures that hawks would normally eat, and although the dogs are 'soooo super cute' it is dangerous to their health to make them so small people!
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
my co-worker and i were just discussing this. she has a teeny tiny teacup chiuaua puppy, and she said she's seen a hawk more than once in her driveway and is worried about letting the pup out on it's leash to potty because of it.
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