I called the sleeping livestock guardian dogs over. Inexperienced with prey, Joe treated it like he would a feather blowing in the wind and boldly went up to pounce on the 'mouse'. He let out a big yelp and blood was dripping from his face. The mouse had bitten a hole in the top of his nose. Noses bleed tremendously, but that was enough to send Joe home to his sheep, his comfort place. Ofcharka, Jade and Jenna were interested, but not enough to attempt anything silly, especially after seeing Joe. So, Robbie had to do the job himself. Understanding that this mouse could hurt him, he used the other dogs for advantage. The mouse was watching Ofcharka and Robbie went in for the kill. One bite, one shake and that was it.
Robbie carried the muskrat around for an hour, then lost interest, but one or two of the dogs ate most of it later. Muskrats generally eat plant material and live in or nearby water. This muskrat was in the wood pile, a long way from home. Muskrats will eat meat when their natural food supply is scarce, but that is considered a desperation diet, not a choice diet and they do not fare well on meat. The muskrat is still the most trapped animal in North America for its fur and this one indeed, had a beautiful coat. Unfortunately, it got eaten, along with the carcass. That is what dogs do. I am sorry little Muskrat. Thank you for your life.