Zach is one of those non confrontational introverted types so he stays away from everything that scares him. He’ll bark and growl and shake off the stress but he won’t come after you unless you are a squirrel or a ball. Hence it came as no suprise to us that, even though his hills were tall and vast, the mole living in our backyard and Z managed to coexist for a few days before we noticed the problem. I’m sure mister mole gets mad because our dog tramples all over his mounds and flattens the soil in 0 seconds flat but he seems to see the bright side; he isn’t being chased or pestered by a 60 lb predator. Maybe Z likes the company and the challenge. Who knows! They could be best buds and we wouldn’t be able to tell.
Most terrier dogs would be tearing up the mounds and hunting the digger, waiting until it pops up to kill it. Not Zach. He runs the entire yard chasing his jolly ball, pooping in the same spots as always. The mole works around the territorial markings as if taunting him or honoring their accord. We haven’t decided which humane pest control approach to use but we worry that the longer we wait Zach could get bitten or scratched. However, they seem to have worked out a schedule. As well as I can tell they have entirely avoided each other. Phew!
Hopefully Zach doesn’t get too attached. At some point the mole will have to go. For now, out of sight, out of mind.