'Grumpy old dog' escapes owl attack in Labrador backyard
Video shows owl swooping down towards small dog Wednesday night
Kent Tarrant's small, 11-year-old dog Oreo was out in the backyard of the family's Wabush home Wednesday night when an owl swooped down towards him.
As the surveillance video above shows, the owl just missed the little Lhasa apso.
"Oreo's our old, grumpy old dog. He's our old man," Tarrant told CBC Radio's On the Go Thursday.
Tarrant and his wife Sheena got home after a long day of driving at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and got their dogs running around the backyard straight away.
Their smaller puppy wouldn't go outside at first, so Sheena went with him.
"The minute she turned around and called the dogs in … the old owl swooped right in and tried to grab our dog Oreo," Tarrant said. "After that, Sheena turned around and bawled at the owl."
"Of course the owl looks like he hit the door, he's a little bit disoriented. Sheena grabbed the two dogs, tried to bring 'em in the house and the old owl took off then."
Oreo ignores owl
Oreo, for his part, was both unharmed and seemingly unaffected by all the fuss.
"We're not really sure that he noticed it," said Tarrant. "I think Sheena was probably more shook up than the dog."
Tarrant said the area behind their house is wooded, with a lot of rabbits.
"I'm going to guess it was a mistake, the owl thought the little white dog was a rabbit."
Nonetheless, Tarrant said he's glad his home has surveillance cameras to keep a close eye on their dogs, but also because it captured Oreo's close call for posterity.
With files from Kenny Sharpe