Saw a stoat in the garden this evening....started wondering if the dog is safe. I googled it, says an average dog could be bitten, but not hurt by a stoat. She not an average size though - tiny dog. What do you think?
I think you should enjoy the fact that you can see a stoat in your garden. The dog has enough commonsense to watch from a distance I am sure.
I'd love to see a stoat again, I haven't seen one for years.
They are a bit shifty.
You're very very lucky - last saw stoat family playing in a dry stone wall - must've been about 30 years ago Delightful
Haven't seen a stoat here, though I did see one in the country park a mile or two away so they do live roundabouts. Have seen weasels a few times, very fast, think they may live in the dry stone walls. Once found one in the dining room that the cat had brought in, don't know how it managed that!
How fantastic - lucky lucky you
A stoat eats small mammals and is a very secretive animal.
I'm sure your dog, however small, is quite safe
Ok. She is free range in the garden, and stoats can go for prey larger than themselves, but a confrontation is extremely unlikely. He was probably just passing through.
it was very enjoyable. He peaked over a wall, then jumped down from it, so i got a very good view.
We see a stoat occasionally in the garden, don't think there is anything to worry about, it is more likely to be scared off by the dog.
I think the only time a stoat would go for a dog is to protect her young.