Skip to comments.Death from above: Hawk snatches reality TV star Shanna Moakler’s beloved lapdog
Posted on 04/26/2012 5:36:08 PM PDT by PilotDave
Moakler -- a former Miss USA and Playboy playmate, who currently hosts Bridalplasty on E! -- broke the news herself via her Twitter account, stating on Monday that A eagle attacked my 2 chi's today, my girl pup is at the vet, my boy is missing.
Chis are Chihuahuas, and Moakler later clarified that it was a hawk that attacked the pets at her Calabasas home. The small dogs are easy prey for large raptors like hawks and eagles -- in this case, one was injured and the other is presumably hawk food.
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The president’s bird is trained to collect snacks for the WH dinner.
They all thought it was Wagyu!
Anyone who would leave their tiny Chihuahuas UNATTENDED OUTSIDE is NOT an animal lover. Any dog that looks conquerable to a raptor requires supervision outside. Just because a pet is too big to be carried away, doesn’t mean that a raptor won’t attack it and get what it can before it flies away.
Agree. Chihuahuas are advised not to come to the local dog park. Now my Standard Poodles, the two boys over 60 pounds, and Rufus, with lightning speed, would probably take the hawk out if it got close, but the little ones shouldn’t be in the open.
Last summer I saw a great horned owl make a low pass over my Jack Russell. Just getting a better look I guess.
Would they attack a 300 lb. Bull Mastiff?
Two winters ago we lost a min-pin pup, likely to an owl. She was the pick of the litter, a real beaut. All I did was let her out the back door and she was gone in less than two minutes.
I have a dog that eats coyotes for lunch. Raptors wouldn’t dare come near him.
We know of a Mexican eagle that patrols CA 76 through Oceanside/Vista. They eat doggies.
The neighbor and his wife were devistated.
You guys still probably have a couple thunderbirds still flying around down there. They are big enuf to eat people.
Raptors were plentiful where I used to live so I was always out with my little rat dog. I do love the part in the movie “The Proposal” with the eagle, though.
We have bald eagles nesting near our house, and occasionally an owl. I never let my 2 yr old cavalier king charles spaniel out alone. 15 lbs of furry snack. Not to mention, apparently people are stealing purebred dogs from yards in broad daylight in our area (or the eagles are snacking)
Hardly looks ‘conquerable’ to a raptor.
If the raptor personally knows Obama the raptor may have second thoughts as dreams of an eternity of mastiff steaks filter into his bird brain. LOL!
My golden tends to bring us birds and other vermin that fly into our yard. Apparently he devised a good trap because I cannot figure out how he catches the birds.
Laz’s trained hawk trying to hit it?
As you probably know, English game wardens bred mastiffs with bulldogs after some unfortunate experiences with mastiffs dismembering poachers, some of them children.
The bull mastiff will knock an intruder down and stand on him. Sure you’ve noticed they have paws like a cat to assist them in stalking. And gamekeepers could feel their foreheads in the dark. If the forehead was wrinkled it meant something had gotten their attention.
Mine is a sweetheart: It’s only when she’s eating pork rib bones like bread-sticks that I remember she’s a beast.
My Cavalier puppy keeps bringing me moles that she catches. She pokes her nose down a hole then plows it along until she catches one. It’s like watching a Chip and Dale cartoon. You can see the ground heaving as it tunnels ahead of her.
People around there like to blame the coyotes but the Mexican eagles get up that far regularly. I am not sure if it was a crested caracara or just the Mexican version of the bald or golden eagle ~ but it didn't make sounds (or at least I could hear them).
Coastal Souvrn' California is not part of their normal range but as long as there are puddles of fresh water around and lots of little doggies, they can survive quite well.
I work in the mountains just a couple of miles from where she lives, and often see huge hawks and even larger owls - both of which frequently grab rabbits, squirrels, and other small rodents for dinner. A tiny ‘Chi’ - a kitten, or any baby-dog outside during the day - is a prime target for large raptors.
Hawk’s gotta eat....one of those “Circle of Life” kind of things.
I have a big red hawk that swoops down and perches right next to a dove nest off my back porch. I know when he or she arrives as all the birds and squirrels go utterly silent.
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen much of either the last few months. The hawk must have a nest close by.
The standard for the bull mastiff breed is 25-27” at the withers and 120-130 pounds.
My bitch is 120 lbs. At 300 lbs, I’m thinking you’ve got the full Monty—an English mastiff.
2nd that. We have close friends that have had them for 30 years or more, and they’ve always been in that size range. They only have one at the moment, they’ve usually kept two. Cool dogs, but bigger and more slobbery than I personally would want to deal with. They’re great to visit though!
What’s the difference between Obama and a Hawk??
Well they both like to eat dogs, the difference is the hawk is cool and Obama is a fag.
I was digging up a bush in the woods behind the house to replant in the yard. With my lab and mini dachshund at my side, I stopped to take a break and noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye. When I turned, I must have surprised a huge owl who broke off his approach toward the dachshund and silently soared off between the trees. He passed by about 10 feet away. Looked like a freakin’ C-130.
Also had a friend who was training a young falcon. For his first untethered flight, he attached the tracking collar and sent him off. The bird disappeared off into the woods and after a few minutes, he started tracking him. It got too dark so he came back the next day, picked up the signal and continued his search. The signal brought him to the base of a huge tree. He looked up to see a large owl nest. The base of the tree was littered with small dog and cat collars...
Dog-eating hawk Obama drone.
Thanks for the correction. They look similar but their sizes do differ significantly.
Very funny comment. Even funnier tagline!
Evenings like these, cool after a warm day, I miss my Sampson. He was 135 pounds of lovable lap dog! We adopted him through the American Bullmastiff Association. We’d do it again but our son is three and a half and our baby girl is eight months old. Even though Sammy was a sweat heart, he was still a bully in a china shop! It’s not the right time for us.
“I have a big red hawk that swoops down and perches right next to a dove nest off my back porch. I know when he or she arrives as all the birds and squirrels go utterly silent.
Come to think of it, I havent seen much of either the last few months. The hawk must have a nest close by.”
My office has two windows that look out into the edge of a 100 acre wooded area full of hawks and owls.
Over the years I noticed a cycle of when the squirrels and chipmunks were prolific, the raptors would move in and pick the off. Have seen both owls and hawks nail little critters right at the window.
When food is plentiful the hawks simple gut the animal on the ground, fly off with the innards and leave the carcass on the ground.
And it’s always attention getting when it goes totally silent outside.
Last year I was deer hunting in a tree stand there wasn’t alot going on just sitting there watching squirrels running around when out of the blue a red tailed hawk flew right by my stand trying to nail himself a squirrel breakfast. I was just about to climb down and clean out my drawers when a second hawk swooped down through the pines. You never know what your gonna see when you go hunting.
I looked out in our back yard one afternoon and saw a red tailed hawk sitting on our wooden fence, looking sort of lost and confused. A squirrel was sitting about ten feet from him on the same fence, just chewing him out. Then I had to turn to pick up the phone (my brother announcing the birth of his first grandchild) and the hawk flew but he was actually scared of that squirrel. I’m guessing that the hawk was a fledgling.
You know, you may be onto something. Why do squirrels, who have all day to harass each other all over my roofs and decks and trees and porches and in my attic just randomly run out into the road to end it all?
I think the raptors are flushing them out right around the time we’re all hitting the road - and squirrels. We also have tons of the rock squirrels around here and now they’re running in the roads for no reason in broad daylight.
My 70 lb American bulldog `Sampson’ (Sammy!) is my lapdog.
`Bess’ just likes to sit next to my chair and have her chest rubbed. She likes to `high-five’ too. He’s a spaz.
I would trust her more around children than a bullydog but the mastiffs and bullmastiffs are bad about giving you a shove to get your attention, so yeah.
We had a redtail hawk zoom through our backyard, scoping out songbirds. He must have had good eyes, spotted the bruisers and kept his afterburners lit!
We can sit on our deck or look out the windows and watch golden eagles, bald eagles, barred owls, redtail hawks, saker falcons, horned owls, and a few smaller birds of prey catch voles in the pasture below our house.
We don’t worry about our dogs, but some of our neighbors barn cats have disappeared!
The coolest thing that I have seen is the red-tail hawks changing their strategy when the pasture grass gets too tall. They skim the top of the grass flying slowly and go straight up a few feet to dive on the voles. It is not nearly as effective as their normal pounce from up high and they work hard at it!
Those are just ugly little dogs.
Moakler — a former Miss USA and Playboy playmate,...
I saw this and clicked away. Now in tears...No photos?
We all know about the coyotes these days, but everyone forgets about the birds. Hawks and eagles are often scavengers, but I have no doubts they'll go after a small dog if its available to them. They aren't picky.
You OK now?
I’d had birds hit the doorwall and windows before knocking them out. Unfortunately for them, a neighbor’s outdoor cat sometimes likes to visit. A couple of those birds became cat food.
Just doing the jobs American eagles won't do.
probably blue tick or black tan coonhounds eh? heh
Well, crows in Japan learned to drop nuts into traffic so that cars would crush them, and then wait for the light to go red before collecting the food. So, maybe your theory is not too far-fetched.
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