Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...

Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...
Run Free: birthdate unknown - Oct. 17 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Water Hazard

The dog lake is closed at Snyder Park.

There is an unwelcome visitor, and everyone hopes that he is not staying.

In Florida, dog owners know that dogs should not be allowed to swim in water that may be home to alligators. This includes canals, rivers and retention ponds. Alligators have even been found in swimming pools and, last spring, in someone's kitchen. That 8-foot intruder made the evening news - it crawled in through the screen door. Read the story here!

Alligators migrate in search of new territory, and when they find a place they like, they are determined to stay.

Dogs are in more danger from alligators than humans, because the thrashing motion of a swimming dog closely resembles the reptiles' natural prey. A dog is no match for an alligator's expert predatory skills. There are often news stories of pets lost to a gator's jaws when walking too close to the edge of a canal or taking a swim in a marshy area.

Maybe our dog park authorities will call in Tom Hardwick, who is often featured on Animal Planet's "Miami Animal Police," snaring ornery gators and other troublesome creatures.

Until the alligator is removed, Booker will stay on dry land and concentrate on the raccoon invasion, real or imagined.


Saint Lover said...

Oh no!!! That is so scary! I hope that gator gets a move on and finds someplace else to hang out so the dogs can get back to having fun.

River said...

That's really scary! I hope they get the gator soon.

love & wags,

Patience-please said...

No no no gators thank you very much!

wags from the whippets

Mango said...

That's spooky. Momma said that just last night she had a scary dream that we all went to the beach and there were giant salt water gators there (she kept calling pee-wee cause she was sure he had been eaten).


The Devil Dog said...

My goodness, gracious me! Yes, Booker, please stay on dry land. When Fay hit, the (not funny ha ha) funniest thing mom heard was that the crocodiles? were trying to get away from all the rain. Mom had to stop and consider that a moment. That is pretty freaky. As for the woman with the alligator in her kitchen, if that had been mom, you would have heard her scream no matter where you lived.


Anonymous said...

Even staring at that sign would be enough to make me head for the hills! Wow, that's scary!

Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, it's always nice to see a new visitor around the place. Perhaps there needs to be a group? People Against the Misuse of the Apostrophe? PAMA haha. Have a great weekend!

Charlie Daniels said...

Oooh! Think racoons Booker ... just think racoons!



Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...


Oh my...somebody outta catch that gator...or at least see if he'd like to play a game of poker!!! (I've heard they're really good at it!)

So glad ur mom has decided ur gonna stay on dry land!



Deetz said...

Stay Away from the Alligator! When my mum lived in Miami like a hundred years ago, she would swim in a pond that had gators sunning on the other side. She was crazy then....Well, still is really.

Maggie and Mitch said...

YIKES! That is pretty scary, Booker! We'd stay on dry land too! Better to be safe!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch