Okay, maybe of all the websites out there, the Daily Doxie should not be the one to say this, but we were just a little bit surprised by the hero and victim roles in this real-life drama. In all honesty, we would have expected it to be the other way around– with the Jack Russell protecting the wiener dog when eagles attacked.
Trip Trubee, who lives 100 yards from the nest, was not home on the summer day one of the fledglings made its first foray, but he’d left his dogs outside in the fenced back yard. That turned out to be not such a good idea — a Jack Russell terrier apparently looks a lot like an ice cream cone to a bald eagle.
Neighbors heard the barking but thought little of it. When Trubee got home, the racket was still going on. He went out back to find his dachshund Dicky in a rage, barking into the woods, and his Jack Russell Moby cowering on the ground, bleeding.
When Trubee probed the tree line to investigate, out hopped a young eagle that took flight for safety. The Jack Russell had more than 20 puncture wounds from repeated eagle attacks, Trubee said, and appears to owe its life to the brave dachshund that fought off the intruder.
Bravo Dicky, Moby definitely owes you one.