They flock the feeders with noisy fervor. They push and shove…… and even nip or bite to get their fair share. Some take a bit of food and head off to feed their babies…..selfless and kind. Others stay and indulge……gotta take care of number ONE!
They are just birds……common grackles and wrens and the occasional goldfinch or cardinal.
And they are running (or flying) amok in my backyard.
RoofTop Chalie knows the birds. And they know him.
Near those chaotic feeders, Chalie looks on with interest…..but he does not chase. The birds glance at him….but they do not flee. Chalie flops down hard in the grass, not far from the feeders, and the birds don’t seem to care.
Like the lion laying down with the lamb, these animals are ignoring the laws of nature. They are not behaving like predator and prey, and strangely, they have developed an accepting, almost symbiotic relationship.
When the birds spill tiny bits of peanut suet to the grass as they peck at and break up a suet cake, happy Chalie nibbles it up. And Chalie’s presence scares off those annoying squirrels, easing the competition for the food in the feeders and letting the birds reign. So it looks like everyone wins……well, except the squirrels.
So my dog is making friends with the birds. Or at least establishing some kind of business arrangement.
Really??? Cause the last time I checked, hound dogs and birds were NOT supposed to get along!
But Chalie is a dog unlike most. He marches to the beat of his own drummer and because of his experience on the greyhound race circuit, he does not have preconceived ideas about this world.
So maybe a hound can befriend a bird or two…..or twenty. Who knew?
Kinda makes you wonder…..if dogs and birds can do it, then why can’t we all just get along?
Tonight, like most……the birds came in droves to feed…..
They flew off and returned and swooped and flapped and fed some more…….
The air was filled with chatter and song……..
And Chalie, our greyhound…..one of a regal breed……the companion of Pharoahs…..trained for the Hunt by Earls and Dukes and Kings……trained to chase prey……and trained to race……
Chalie reacted to the birds……like this……..
So let’s take a lesson from the furry and the feathered.
The next time you have feelings that create barriers……feelings that separate “us” from “them”……..think of Chalie.
And march to the beat of your own drummer, and try not to have preconceived ideas about this world. And if you need time to unwind or reflect or gather your thoughts….then find a nice place in the grass to lay down, and listen to the music of the birds.
Cause lots of times, we all can get along. And we might even find a friend or two in the most unlikely places.
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