Xeni Jardin at 1:05 pm Sun, Apr 29, 2012
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[Video Link] Stay with it. "Rasta the Vizsla slowly stalks down a wolf on a golf course. This is real time, not slowed down." From YouTuber LifeIsQuick. (thanks, Joe Sabia!)
Big smiles. That “Grasshopper do not leave a mark on the rice paper creep” was awesome.
Ahhhhhh, SUUUUUUUUUUCH A RELIEF. Thank you for this.
Fantastic concentration and determination! I wonder if he was thinking “Shhh- you’re going to blow our cover… can’t you see I’m working here!?”
Ha! I have a German Shorthaired Pointer friend that looks and acts exactly like that!
I take him to the park for hoping for some vigorous exercise to tire him out, but if there are birds around he stalks them and takes about 10 minutes to cover 50 yards.
that’s because he’s a POINTER!!! they were bred to point out game – basically, your dog is probably thinking “he’s right there… go on, shoot… not shooting? OK… I’ll go closer… go on – shoot. come ON, why aren’t you shooting! fine, i’ll take a few more steps so you know which one I’m pointing at. There. shoot! come on! what are you waiting for! I have to keep going? fine….”
The end music is perfect.
Here’s a rough transcript of what the dog was saying at the end.
LOL DUDE I WAS ALL O SHIT WTF IS THAT AND THEN I WAS ALL LIKE ROFLMAO WTF IS THAT AND THEN I GOT MY TENNIS BALL ON BUT I WAS STILL LIKE LOL B/C I COULD TELL U WERE LIKE WTF IS GOING ON LOL
What’s with the wolf statue? Maybe it is really a coyote statue, used to lure the little guys into the open to get shot? (I’ve seen those for sale.)
Most likely it’s there to scare off geese, though having a real dog trained to do it may be more effective.
Ha, funny! Your and Stefan Jones’ comments weren’t loaded yet when I made my superfluous comment.
Decoy really is a misnomer here as it is supposed to coy, make shy.
That coyote decoy is not a wolf.
I guess they have a goose-problem there.
Not while the German Shorthaired Pointer is around.
They love birds.
Rasta? With that coat? Someone has a wicked sense of humor.
Two things about Vislas. They are the ONLY dog withOut an odor.
They are “sight dogs”. Great eyesight; when they see there prey, it is basically over for the prey. Great eyesight, slow, patient stalk, they don’t have a “smell” to give them away, great bursts of speed, and most(?) importantly, Great stamina.
Awww thanks for the com . . . oh wait, you’re talking about the dog.
Probably just gave up the game after the human took all the fun out of it, trampling all around trying to get a better shot.
I’d be all creeping up on it just inside my dog’s peripheral vision. Let him know he’s better at something than the old man. Go Team!
All the way through, I was thinking the owner was terrible, for not calling his dog away from danger….
Are you out of the woods?
I thought this was going to end doggie style
Shows how hard wired mammals are. Brain stem blood ware.
Thanks, I needed that laugh. He was so purely happy there at the end. YAY BALL! WHEEEEEEE!
Pretty typical pointer behavior, but I suppose not everyone is familiar with sporting breeds and their expected qualities.
Definitely! I had an English pointer when I was growing up that would stalk birds, creep forward and finally point after a 20-minute approach. It was all genetically delivered instinct behavior because “Morgan” was never trained.
He was never successful, so I guess his prey also had developed a successful survival technique of freezing and fleeing — both fright and flight works if you time it right.
Of course a human with a shotgun throws a monkey wrench into the prey’s strategy.
That dog was SO frickin excited it didn’t have to battle a wolf!
Such a good dog!
Anyone else think the dog just had an adventure in the Uncanny Valley?
I’m not sure that a species that will hump anything that can’t move can really be said to experience the Uncanny Valley Effect.
I think it’s a girl dog. And her reaction was similar to how my cat reacted to a clay model of a pig at my neighbor’s front door. This is an animal, but it does not move or react. I am disturbed by this and have to check it out. Funny thing is my cat did the high sniff and low sniffing with the full flehmen reaction. I guess this video proves vizslas really are sight hounds as there was no sniffing until she was right next to the decoy.
I really think this dog was having an Uncanny Valley experience, and once she figured that out, all she wanted to do was play with the tennis ball.
I once heard a story about a neighborhood Doberman that crept up on a concrete statue of a deer. Once the dog figured out he’d been had, it proceeded to pee on the statue.
This didn’t confuse just the dog:
His executed the stalking subroutine, but the anal gland sniff function returned a null value, so he defaulted to ball chasing.
He’s all like “nope I wasn’t hunting a statue, I was after the ball all along! Really, who would fall for hunting a statue, it was the ball!”
I think that this why we love dogs. Lethal predatory and protective instincts, wedded to utter joy and the goofiness of a complete loon. We see so much of ourselves in them.
That is not a wolf; it is a decoy. I am a professional decoy designer–I can tell you for a fact that is no wolf.
Also, I seriously doubt that Viszla is a practicing Rasta.
Phew. I’m glad you sorted that out for us.
Are you sure? It could be a rare sighting of the elusive canis petrificus.
I’ve checked Sibley, Peterson, and Tobin’s Totem Guide; they all agree that the home range of Canis petrificus (the Mime wolf) does not overlap with that of the common Viszla.
If the statue was real and moved, would the dog still go after the ball?
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