What is THAT? Wordless Wednesday

We made a friend last week in South Carolina. 

Pelican flying by the boat in the ICW of South Carolina.

Pelicans are cute but dumb. They can’t tell the difference between the fishing boats who feed them and the sailboats that aren’t loaded up with tiny fish. This one stuck with us for quite a while until he realized we didn’t have anything to feed him.

He was so close I could reach out and touch him.

But did Honey notice?

Consider your dog's feelings to avoid a dog training fail.

Boat time is nap time.

So far, the only wild life Honey has paid any attention to are dogs in their yards when we transit a narrow canal.

What do you think it will take for Honey to notice a critter off the side of the boat? Who isn’t a dog?

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  1. We live in a fairly urban area, but even when we do take Ruby to the woods, she doesn’t seem to notice anything – not bunnies, squirrels, birds, deer, or even hawks. Ruby and Honey must be related.

    • Yeah, I’m amazed when I spot wildlife before Honey does. I guess she and Ruby have more important things to think about. :)

      But bunnies–they do get her attention. I have no idea why.

  2. My dogs have sent many birds off to that big aviary in the sky. Finally word got around and no birds come near our yard. I can’t imagine a dog with no prey drive. Good Honey.

    • I’d love to have borrowed some of your fearless hunters when we were living with a brash rat back in Ithaca.

      Once he wandered into my office and looked around before heading down the steps. Honey just raised her head to watch him a moment before going back to sleep.

  3. She may be old enough to know better. As a pup I jumped in water to try and get ducks, but I gave it up. There was no point. I bet she is just as wise.

  4. Maybe you trained her too well when she was a pup? But be glad you did. If it were Shadow and Ducky, they would probably fall all over each other – and the side of the boat – trying to get at the wildlife.

    • My training hasn’t kept her from getting all excited by bunnies at my sister’s house…

      But I guess I’m glad she was so mellow. Did you see the size of that pelican? He could have swallowed Honey with no problem. :)

  5. We have a pond in our subdivision. There is a huge crane who lives there, and fascinates Jax. He too isn’t the smartest bird alive and will allow us to get uncomfortably close. Harley isn’t interested in him, but Jax is smitten.

    • We have a pair of egrets on our dock that allow us to get pretty close before they take off. Mike has just told me that Honey was definitely interested.

      I almost wonder if she thought it was human in the dark since they’re so stinking tall.

  6. That’s good that Honey didn’t mind or notice the pelican! My dogs would of tried to eat him for lunch. LOL!! What a cool bird, though!

    • Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t complain. I don’t want to do a dog overboard drill because Honey got over excited.

      And yes, we’re loving the pelicans. They’re lots of fun to watch. I almost like them more than the dolphins.

  7. Jimmy would have gone overboard in an effort to get a pelican flying that close!

  8. Probably a skunk, if your luck is anything like mine!

  9. Honey is selective. Nothing wrong with that. :)
    Blueberry ignores most feathered critters unless they get within striking distance.

  10. Oh, I love pelicans! They’re so cool and prehistoric looking. I love to watch them skimming along, just above the ocean. We get big flocks of them here, all cruising along in a line. So cool. Rita would go nuts being that close to a big ol’ bird. She hates birds.

    Maybe if you run into a dolphin Honey will take notice. And then she’ll dive in and they’ll swim together and become fast friends and the video you take will get a million views on YouTube. :)

  11. Sam is pretty much the same; he pays no attention to all the Canadian geese around here much like all the squirrels. I don’t get it-I’m totally fascinated by them. ღ

  12. Pelicans, seagulls and sand pipers are Nola’s weakness!

  13. We had a dog like that too. Some critter could run right in front of him, and he’d be like, “Yeah? So what?” He just couldn’t be bothered. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Zero cares in the world. LOL. Great photo, there’s something about pelicans I love.

  15. My biped says that I would probably decide that the whole sea belonged to me and bark at anything and everything that came within a certain radius of the boat. She’s rude, but she could be right!

  16. Oh bless her, she is so good. Thinking logically it’s probably a good thing that she isn’t bothered. Can you imagine if she barked at every bird you saw?!

  17. That is hilarious! My dogs even bark at birds they see on the computer. They would lose their little dog MINDS if they saw something like that in real life.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  18. Perhaps if a bird landed on, or a fish jumped into your boat, she would notice? :)

  19. I can’t believe Honey wasn’t interested in Mr. Pelican! They are such cool birds. I know they’re also a pain on fishing boats but they’re amazing to watch. Very cool!