Python found by pooch
Tenacious dog tracks down missing Dartmouth snake
Daisy, a 4-year-old Jack Russell/dachshund mix, found the python named Lyude around 8 p.m. under the front porch of the Tabard House, the coed Dartmouth fraternity house at 3 Webster Ave. in Hanover where both pets live.
Lyude and another ball python in the fraternity were originally the pets of a former fraternity house member, who left his snakes when he graduated in 2012.
Gong noticed Lyude missing on Thursday and then called police Friday when she couldn’t find him.
The snake, said to be non-threatening, did not go far, though.
When they returned to the house, Daisy started sniffing a spot under a wood board that has a hole in it. She has fixated on the spot before and has even chased mice into the hole, so naturally it was one of the first places the fraternity members looked when Lyude went missing, but they didn’t find him there.
“She’d been suspicious before but this time she wouldn’t leave and was trying to get under the wood panel,” Moors said. “So I lifted it and there it was, the python.”
It was really upsetting to Daisy, who was trying desperately to get at the python, Moors said.
“Connie stepped in and as soon as she picked up the snake Daisy just flipped out,” Moors said. “It sounded like she was being hurt, she was so aggravated by the snake. ... She wasn’t scared and she wasn’t very excited to play with it.”