Keeping Watch

2.18.2012

There is something lurking under that vent.

What is it, Bailey?

Do you smell it or hear it, girl? Or maybe both?

Whatever it is it drives you crazy every night around ten o'clock.

Bailey goes nuts over this vent every night now. She whimpers and whines and barks at it.

Then she starts attacking the vent cover. She gets beside herself and has to come tell us to come look if we aren't in here.

Then she stops and listens and sniffs again. Sorry for the close up of her behind.

Then back to scratching the vent again. This goes on until she is either exhausted or we go to bed. Mr. Savvy went under the house to check it out and did not see anything, but we may have a mice or rat family living in the insulation so he is going to check it out further so Bailey doesn't go totally insane.
These dogs were developed to catch rats in old mills. She is just doing her job and keeping watch.
Good job Bailey!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

50 comments:

  1. Do you smell anything? We had a cat that lived under our crawl space for TWO weeks. I would hear the meow faintly. Mike insisted there was NO way a cat got in. Long story short, the smell convinced him, OK something is down there. Turns out when we had our yearly inspection for termites the guy left the crawl space open. I called them and they came and got the cat and then cleaned the mess and got rid of the smell. Bailey is so cute, there is something down there for sure!

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  2. She certainly is! I know you must dread 10:00 to come around every night. Ha! Hopefully, you'll find out what it is that she's hearing. She sure is cute going after it. I'm sure it's very entertaining until you're sick of it.

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  3. Oh I bet there is something in the vent~hah! The little doll is doing her job...keep us posted.

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  4. I have a 6 year old Shi-Tsu and she does that at the back door when one of the cats is outside at night but not during the day...I finally figured out she can see his eyes glowing!

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  5. Oh yuck.I hope you find out what it is.We had something scratching in our fireplace at our last house.Then one day it stopped.I went in my basement to find a dead bird.I don't know how it got there from our fireplace.And why it was there.But good thing my Cat did not find it first.

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  6. I came down to my office the other morning to find an unwrapped Hershey's kiss in the middle of the floor. I have a secret stash of candy up on a shelf in a basket. Darn mouse! Bought four traps and loaded 'em with peanut butter. Next morning, the PB was gone. Not a dead mouse in sight. We now refer to him as James Bond-Mouse. Bailey is probably right! There's something in there.

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  7. Yikes! I hope Mr.Savvy finds out what it is soon. Bailey is such a cutie!!

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  8. When we first moved into this house we had a mouse problem. Our cat, Socks, was on top of it. She would stare at the wall or the ceiling, just listening. One morning, I came out to the kitchen(where her bowls are) and grabbed her water dish to refill it. There was a dead mouse in her water dish, and she was pleased as punch. I may have let out a shriek. The hubs fixed the mouse problem after that. Good thing Bailey's on the job!

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  9. Never fear...Baily's here! :) watching out for you. This reminds me of when we lived in an apartment building in Germany. Something was digging in the ceiling of our son's bedroom. We had to call pest control to set a trap. Turned out someone's hamster had escaped and was living in the ceiling area. Thank goodness it wasn't a big rat. Ick!

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  10. This is such a cute post, Kim! She may have found a mouse for sure!

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  11. My little Jack Russel used to do that too. He'd try to chew his way through a wall or floor if he smelt something! Should be interesting to see what she smells.

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  12. Yikes....sounds like a mouse to me, or a ghost....just sayin'!! Diane

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  13. Adorable pictures. I remove my blog my mistake and loose all my followers. Would you like to help me to get new ones?

    Hugs from Sweden
    Elna

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  14. I think they are bred to be mousers, maybe she's onto something! She's so so cute!!

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  15. Oh, oh! Our little Yorkie-Poo used to poke her head under our TV armoire and wag her tail. We never did find out what "it" was. Hope you have better luck so your poor little Bailey can get some rest!

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  16. Good girl, Bailey!! I'll bet she is on to something! She sure is a cutie!! blessings ~ tanna

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  17. I hope Mr S finds the problem.
    good job Bailey.

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  18. You need the Dog Whisperer!

    We had a cat who stared up the side of the fireplace every night. There was no holes, no nothing. One night I went and sat there and I could hear it toooooo!! Scratching coming from up in the wall. The animals know.... trust them.

    ~Bliss~

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  19. I think I have it figured out Kim, Bailey thinks you should take that vent and paint the darn thing, maybe ASCP in Paris Grey or??????

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  20. You go, Bailey! I bet her instincts are right...and you've got a furry critter of some sort in there.

    I had Lady, a Scotty Terrior, also bred for catching mice and rats, for many years. I also had a hamster...his cage had an exterior wheel and he ran on it so much, it came unattached from the rest of the cage. I couldn't find him for days, and I thought he was a goner for sure. On day four, Lady walked up to me and spat out the hamster at my feet. The little guy was soaked with slobber and half scared to death, but none the worse for wear. Lady saved the day...and the hamster!

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  21. Our Husky was great at catching any mice outside before they got into the house. Left them as little presents by the back door. The only one she couldn't get was one we would hear on occasion between the first floor ceiling and second floor flooring.

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  22. Oh wow! Now at 10 0'clock I'll think of Bailey scratching at the vent.LOL She's adorable Kim!

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  23. Uh oh....hope you guys figure it out soon!!!! It does sound like you might have a mouse?!!?!
    ~Des

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  24. That would be the time of day they start moving around! What a good pup! We caught several in our under the sink cabinet until the problem was erradicated. Pests! andrea@townandprairie

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  25. So funny! My dog wouldn't even notice if a mouse stood on his head. Luckily we have a cat. The first week it's cold in the fall the cat stares under the stove all night. He catches a mouse or two and then they stay away the rest of the season! Your dog is too cute!

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  26. Good job, Bailey! Sniff 'em out!
    Brenda

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  27. Bailey is your guard dog! Yikes, I wonder what's there? We had a flying squirrel in the attic, but I haven't had something in the duct work! The flying squirrel fell down from the attic into our laundry shoot and out into the house! Or course, it was 1:00a.m.! LOL! My cats ran from it! Good luck and I hope it isn't too bad!

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  28. Bailey is wonderful! I hope Mr. S. finds the critter so Bailey can get some rest. Let us know. While we were just in Fl. we heard something BIG trying to scratch it's way into the bedroom the last few nights. It was SCARY!!!! I am glad to be home:) XO, Pinky

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  29. We are going through the same thing, except our 2 mini-dachshunds are scared of mice! If they see one, they run into my bedroom and hide in their bed under the covers!LOL We had a bat in the house last year...same reaction!

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  30. Good girl Bailey! I hope you find whatever she is trying to tell you about!

    Kat :)

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  31. What a smart little doggy you have there. I'm betting on a mouse.

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  32. Poor little thing having to deal with that! HA! So funny that it's every night at the same time.

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  33. Always trust your dog! Cute pics too!

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  34. Yep- bet you have a little something living in that vent and your Bailey is so cute!

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  35. Bailey...you da pup!!! For sure its a mouse, they scurry at night!!! A few years ago my cat Missy would stare at the vent in the dining room, never meowed or pawed at it but did smell it and sat by it.....my other cat Sam, could care less!!! Sure enough, one night the little mouse came out and Missy was waiting, took care of the problem right away!!!

    That part of the room is a boxed out window, a 2 foot cantilever...when I looked outside the next day, a portion of the underside had fallen out, that's how they got in.....yes, "they"....took two weeks, many traps and peanut butter to get rid of them, and a call to my builder to correct the problem!!! good luck...cleo

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  36. Good for Bailey! She's doing her job....I hate to say it, (but I will..hee hee) When our cats act like that it can be an opossum, a raccoon (although they aren't so bothered by them) or worse yet..and usually..a rat...small dogs (all of them) are excellent ratters...even if they weren't bred for ..some times they are passing through (they slink around foundations and through "spaces'..like crawl spaces and basements..) But guess you might want to check for where something could get in (??)
    They make me crazy..we live by a woods, and yes, we do have chickens..and no they can't get at the grain) but even if we didn't have them, the critters would be passing through to someone else's house from the woods..yuk..(there is a rat problem in this town because of so many farm animals, and the woods near by..they say it comes with the territory...we try to take care of whats here by us..)

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  37. Oh I forgot to mention too..all those kinds of critters follow a "path", if you change a raccoons or opossums path it won't come back (at least until the next brood grows up!). But they are pretty regular (rats too..and yes, mice..) going the same way every night...hope you find what it is...

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  38. Talk about the strangest coincidences...I have a yorkie named Bailey too (except a male)...but, they are THE BEST DOGS!!!

    Like everyone else and you said...I agree, probably is hearing "something"..."my" Bailey will do similar activities when he sees hear things outside, etc. He has no fear...

    "Your" Bailey is adorable! Hope you are able to figure out what has her all worked up!!

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  39. I would say a mouse. I had two last year that apparently got trapped in the attic space after they reroofed and decided to come down into my bedroom. I am extremely rodent phobic and couldn't catch them with the traps.I would be in my bed and see them run by. SHREIK!!! Finally me sister took pity on me and set some sticky traps with a dab of peanut butter. Both mice were captured within minutes.

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  40. I'm amazed that you sound so calm about it! I don't think I'd sleep until I knew what it was! Maybe it's a mouse or something?

    Your dog is adorable!

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  41. You are lucky to have such a cute watch dog! Have a great weekend!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  42. These pictures are precious how adorable. Good watch dog.

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  43. My cat goes through spells where he does this with my bathroom vent. When we turn on the heat (or air) for the first time of the season, usually little tufts of insulation will blow out for the first few days. Somehow they get in between our floor and the basement, but we've only ever had two come on in the house. I'm terrified of them!! Good luck!!

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  44. Go Bailey, go! Good thing Mr. Savvy's back is better! The thought of going under a house gives me the shivers! Gotta do, what you gotta do!

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  45. That Bailey is so darn cute! We had a cat that staked out one of our vents and we had mice. So, good luck!!!

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  46. How funny. She is precious. My Yorkie, Mindy, lived til she was 13 and I still miss her. Don't cha just love those hairy lil girls?

    I've just become your newest follower. COME FOLLOW ME.

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  47. This is so cute and makes me want a dog so bad!!!!!!

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  48. Good Girl!! I know it's probably driving you nuts to see her going so crazy, but I would bet there's something there. Hopefully your hubs can find out what's getting all of her energy every night.
    She is adorable! xo-Lisa

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  49. Good dog! Here--have a dog cookie!

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