Having salmon fished in the bay for many years, Popsey has changed his focus to hunting the nemesis of all gardeners, rogue gophers.
Mooka started the gopher derby in early January 2007. After a couple of weeks of having the dog outdo him, Popsey got out the Black Box gopher traps that had been gathering dust in the barn, intent on doing his part. Soon they had each caught one, and the race was on. Mooka got number two in the new orchard at twilight, which seems to be her favored hunting hour. Popsey called for the camera, but before I could get out there, she ate it up.
Since then, Popsey’s gotten two more.
Mooka is only perfecting her hunting skills. Sometimes she tag teams with Frieda, who is no slouch herself, so even though Frieda hasn’t gotten any so far this year, we’re including her in the derby.
This derby was inspired by a coastal vineyard in Northern California where they trapped 5000 gophers in five years, but it was Mooka who got the ball rolling.