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My dog, Merlin, is a roller. He is thrilled silly by rolling around in all manner of icky things. Anecdote: our lawn is black bear central for a few weeks in early fall because we have chestnut trees, and to answer the proverbial question, no, a bear does not poop in the woods, it poops in our yard. :D Merlin will approach these piles, gingerly grab a little bit in his mouth and carry it a few feet away, where he will drop it and THEN roll in it. Maybe he's rationing it, I don't know.

So I understand that dogs enjoy rolling in vile things, but yesterday, I took Merlin out to his bathroom spot and he started to dig at the base of a tree. It's a wooded area and he's been on exercise restriction for nearly two weeks (for a rear knee), so I let him go for it, hoping he would burn off some energy. Next thing I knew he had something in his mouth, and before I could see what it was, he dropped it and started rolling on top of it! Eventually I was able to see what it was, and it was a vole-- a LIVE vole!

It didn't look hurt, but the poor thing looked SO disoriented. I distracted Merlin, the vole crawled off into some brush, and then we went inside. It was so bizarre, I had to share.

Over the past few months that I've had Merlin, his rolling in things has gone from incredibly frustrating behavioral "problem" to hilarious quirk. Not that I encourage it, but if he wants to keep insisting on baths, I'm happy to oblige. ;) Plus, it was weirdly flattering when he decided that my dirty laundry was good enough to roll in.

Does anyone else have a dog that loves to roll in things? Do they enjoy just the usual vileness, or do they get creative? Does anyone have a dog that doesn't roll in things (or seems less interested in it)?
 

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I've never had a dog that rolls in things. I know it's normal dog behavior, but I've never seen it in person.

Kabota did grab a live mouse out of a snowbank in January, though. I managed to save the mouse, too.
 

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My dog will catch and kill grasshoppers, crickets, and grass snakes, then roll in them... I'm so happy that I can't smell what he does.
 
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