Flycatching SOLSC 24

24 Mar

The beautiful weather of the last few days saw me leaving doors and windows open. This, of course, lets in flies.   Lucy is obsessed and sits on high alert until she catches sight of any intruders.


Once she catches sight  of a fly, she dashes off, running back and forth, in hot pursuit. Occasionally, I hear the SNAP of her jaws as she gets close enough to catch the fly. She rarely succeeds.

I dislike having flies in the house, but use a different technique to get rid of them, putting in almost as much effort as Lucy. Knowing that flies are attracted to light, I turn off all the lights in the house, save those in the kitchen. I unlock  the back door, which leads from the kitchen to the back yard,  and leave it open.  The fly will eventually enter the kitchen. Once it does, I turn off the kitchen light and, with luck, the fly will exit through the open kitchen door, which I close immediately.

Lucy and I about equally as successful. I could get a fly swatter, but success with that tool just makes me gag. Lucy gags, too, if she actually catches a fly. The chase is always better than the catch.

8 Responses to “Flycatching SOLSC 24”

  1. shaggerspicchu March 24, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    This post made me giggle. It is so entertaining watching dogs snap at the flies in the air. You are right, they are about as effective as we are with a fly swatter. I like your technique!

  2. arjeha March 24, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    This made me laugh. I have a cat that chases flies. Ned will run from room to room on his quest to catch the intruder. Don’t get in his way or he might just knock you down.

  3. Lmhteach March 24, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Such a fun slice! I may have to try your technique, because my cat can’t see well and it’s hard teaching an old cat new tricks. I get tired of fly juice on windows from a fly swatter.

  4. elsie March 24, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    I just wonder how many more come in while the one goes out? Just asking. It is fun to watch the flies torment the dog.

  5. Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff) March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I picture both you and your dog trying to rid the house of flies. Someone left a window open in our house this afternoon, but it’s still too cold for flies.

  6. mrssurridge March 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I read this as a noisy fly was bouncing around my window. I think I will get up and let him out. My dog doesn’t seem interested in helping me.

  7. tsudmeier March 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Cute post! I love that you and the dog have the same goal. Loved the ending that when Lucy catches them she gags- yet she is still obsessed.

  8. Brittany Butler March 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    This is a great slice! My parents dog used to do that too! It cracked me up every time. I love the photo here too to really drive the point home.

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