I came home from work yesterday, after spending 2 hours setting up my father's iPod (rant unto itself) to find a Cooper's Hawk hanging out in my back yard.
Our dog is a chihuahua Italian greyhound mix, with a sort of brown-tan-white faded color scheme. He's just under 11 pounds.
I looked up diets of Cooper's hawks and found that they eat small birds and mammals, but it wasn't quite as specific about exactly what a "small mammal" might be.
The bird was actually a bit smaller than the dog, but the GF is really worried, and I'm a little concerned. He didn't show any interest in the dog yesterday, but that might not always be the case. Will a Cooper's hawk take a small dog?