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But furry critters... are different. A lightening fast grab, crunch, major shake, and dead. Terriers do not have "soft" mouths.

Huh. To add to the eternal question of whether schnauzers are terriers or not. (I vote "not really" but there are certainly common attributes.)

Our last schnauzer would kill woodchucks. (He was oversized and usually had human reinforcements nearby to make sure he stayed on the winning side.) He learned very quickly to get a fang down into the top of the skull and then not let go. Must be a soft spot there somewhere.
Our present two are as likely to play as kill immediately. Rabbits get killed immediately when caught. I suspect squirrels wouldn't get toyed with. Their mother and other relatives are known to also be snake killers - although there are stories of a couple that got brought in through the dog door before they were dead.
But they love little furry things to play with. I watched the two of them with a mole in the back yard. It was like the greatest squeak toy! Spenser would put a paw down on it, the mole would squeak (amazingly loud - we could hear it 100 feet away on the deck!) and he would then lift his paw and look at it. Sassy would lunge in at it - and take a nip. Again the mole would squeak and she would drop it and look at it. They took turns until the mole finally made its escape through the fence.

Some moles have a bad taste - I know the star-nosed mole does - so maybe that was the problem with actually biting down on this one.
~~Judy
Spenser - Carbor Talk of the Town, NA
Sassy - Can CH Carbor Back Talk
A recently dead animal isn't of much interest to most dogs.

Not the ones I've known. Maybe it's a breed thing?

Things they've killed themselves, yeah. Things that have been dead long enough to get ripe, yeah.
I'm thinking back through the various dogs I've known over the years. There was a boxer next door who used to bring home woodchucks - even if they'd been shot and not his own kills. The beagles, the coonhounds we've had never actually brought home anything they'd found dead.

Correction - they would drag in deer legs or heads if they found them after hunting season, so there is that. But a roadkilled rabbit or coon, nope - can't think of any.
So I guess the the statement may have been a little more "blanketing" than would be true. But honestly, the majority of the dogs I've known wouldn't show much more than a passing interest in some roadkill we encountered on a hike.
Not so true of yours, huh?

~~Judy
Spenser - Carbor Talk of the Town, NA
Sassy - Can CH Carbor Back Talk
Not so true of yours, huh?

No, they'll scarf down roadkill given half a chance. It's pretty appalling. In fact, the first time Emmett gave me a good scare was when he was a puppy. At four months he was young enough that he was sticking close to me and my fencing wasn't up yet, so we'd go out the front door with him off-leash. One night we went out about 2am and it was snowy and around 5F, and Emmett took off towards the road. I had no idea what made him take off until I caught up with him and found him chowing down on a dead rabbit that was nearly as big as Emmett. A game of dead rabbit tag ensued, but that's another story.

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Not so true of yours, huh?

No, they'll scarf down roadkill given half a chance. It's pretty appalling.

Same here - I have seen Kizzi grab a dead mouse from the cat and eat it. Charming.
A game of dead rabbit tag ensued, but that's another story.

Hey! I have played that! Kizzi learned safest course is to eat it fast. Sigh.

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No, they'll scarf down roadkill given half a chance. It's pretty appalling.

Until this moment, I thought Genny's habit of rolling in roadkill was bad enough.
Lia
I have a little 4# toy poodle that's a real hunter. she goes after mice like they are hundred dollar bills. Once she starts "critterin" she won't stop till she has her prey. Then if I don't intervene she will gulp down whatever she's killed. I can pretty well tell when she's critterin' and pick her up and carry her over to the garbage can and make her drop it. It's imporant to make sure your pets are given their rabies shots if they are hunters.
Until this moment, I thought Genny's habit of rolling in roadkill was bad enough.

The worst, actually, is that Emmett picks up "older" roadkill and carries it. Because the grass is so dense along the roadside I can't always see it in time to stop him.

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And then there's Pablo who's frankly horrified by raw meat in any form

But of course, as you say, Pablo is quite the gentleman. Perhaps if youhad taken the roadkill home and cooked it for him?

Perhaps but it would have to be an absolutely fresh roadkill and I'd have to use the right spices and cook it well. Even though Pablo is too civilized in so many ways, when given his normal meal, he does, at least, eat like a dog (gulpgulpgulp - GONE!). However if I've given him meat, say a hamburger that isn't cooked all the way through, he'll spit it out as if it's too hot. He'll pick it up, drop it, pick it up, drop it, all the while shooting me sorrowful looks. After thoroughly inspecting it, he'll gently nibble the cooked part leaving the pink middle. Then he'll guard the bit of sort of rare burger until I take pity on his weenie soul and microwave it so it's done through and through.
Pablo is the only collie I've had who is so incredibly prissy. Silka, Dino & Zeffie greatly enjoyed raw chicken backs or wings. I haven't tried any raw foods on Lucy yet but I suspect she's made of sterner stuff than Pablo and will like them just fine.
This weekend, Sunshine, a lab x chow cross is visiting. We were coming back from our early morning on-leash walk and she sprung up, caught and killed a robin, just like that. Amazing. I've had collies since 1988 and I cannot imagine any of them ever doing anything like that. I guess some dogs have hunting instinct & drive and some don't.
Chris and her lovely smoothies,
Pablo & Lucy