I caught the woodpecker in action this morning
Once the school bus has gone past in the mornings, I turn Sadie out to romp. I'll see her zoom through the back yard outside my computer room window, happy as a lark. Yesterday on one of her trips around the house, I noticed she had something in her mouth and decided to see what it was. I went to the front door and waited for her to appear around the corner, then said, "Sadie, come here, let me see."
She willingly came to me (with her head tucked, just in case she was doing something wrong), and dropped her prize, which turned out to be a trimmed-off piece of horse-hoof.
"Do you want to bring it in the house?"
You might find this hard to believe, but she picked it up and ran ahead of me to the door. Once inside, she chewed on the thing for the better part of an hour, leaving behind a bit of a mess that I cleaned up; no biggie.
Today, once again, I saw her run past my window; I didn't think she had anything in her mouth, but I figured it was time for her to come inside. Once I got her on the porch, I realized she did have another prize, perhaps a smaller piece of horse-hoof. She had enjoyed chewing on the one yesterday, I figured, "Why not?"
And then she came inside and dropped it on the floor.
"Sadie, wait! What is that?"
She hunkered down upon hearing my harsh voice, and backed off.
I got closer... and closer...
And realized it was frozen cat-poop!