My female Springer (Dottie) is in heat, so my parents agreed to watch her at their house to keep her and her brother apart. Now, mind you they live about 1 mile East of Midway Airport in Chicago.
The dogs aren't hardmouthed at all, and will hold on to a bird, etc. until you take it from their mouth.
Mon called me at work last Thursday to say that she really shouldn't let Dottie out in the back yard unsupervised. Thinking the worst, I was unprepared for what she told me. When she called Dottie back in the house (10:00 p.m.) from her nightly potty break, she had to call her a few times. As Dottie was coming to the door, Mom realized that she had something in her mouth and slams the door closed, calling for my Dad. Dad gets downsatirs and see's that she has a 'possum in her mouth. Now, Dad is in his underwear, so he has to go back upstairs, get dressed and goes outside. He somehow gets her to lay it down, and seeing that the 'possum is all open mouthed and stiff, he thinks that she must have killed it. So he throws it in the covered trash can in the alley.
The very next morning, Mom says, she lets Dottie out again to go potty. This time she comes back to the door with a Fox Squirrel in her mouth. Same story, get Dad, he goes outside and gets her to "drop it". He's suprised to see the squirrel dash off. Now the squirrels are jumping from garage to garage and avoiding the yard!
That night, Dad goes to throw out a bag of garbage, and what's waiting for him? A pissed off 'possum in the trash can!
Mom's taking her out to potty on a leash now.........