Sunday was a crazy day that had so many things going on, that I swear I could if I had time to do so, I could write at least five posts just on different things that went down..
However lets start at the beginning of the day that was when we let our dogs out to go bathroom, all kinds of insane barking started happening in the yard and when I went out to the deck to see what was going on.. I realized that there was a strange dog in the yard..
Nope, I was wrong.. there was two strange dogs in my yard and they were sure happy to see us.. all happy dogs with long tongues and wagging tails. We got our dogs into the house and they both rolled up the stairs to come on in as well.. we got them locked onto the deck and went for leads.
I was pretty sure I know where both of these dogs lived, two different families and two different farms but just down the road, one to the left and one to the right.. Both dogs are in great health and were wearing their tags and names with phone numbers.. They have both lived on their farms for a number of years with no issues.
However, I could tell that the male was “REALLY” interested in the pretty girl, who was not nearly ready but appeared to be flirty.. I don’t know if they are intact but they sure acted like it.
Then Hubby called out.. o no.. and I saw big grow out 16 square foot rabbit hutch, the bottom ripped out in one big section, the wood broken, and two dead rabbits and three missing rabbits (two of which have been spotted but not caught, however one more still missing)
I was sad but sighed because I know that dogs when they pack up and run can have that prey/hunt kick in, I knew that both these dogs do not have livestock never mind small stock on their farms and have never been trained in this regard.
We took the dogs home and I was at farm 1 delivering one dog to the owner when the other owner pulled in as they were driving around looking for their missing dog.. I truly feel that both of them will be proactive in taking measures to adjust their practise’s in regards to the dogs.
I know I will be asked this.. NO I did not ask for any kind of money for the rabbits.. these are good people and I respect them as positive part of my local area. I have lived on the farm for 15 years and I had one person’s new dog (not either of these farms) come and run my sheep on the outside of the fence line and once I talked them about it.. never again..
This is only the second time that something has happened and just like I would WANT my dogs brought home to me and give me the time to fix what happened that allowed them to run in the first place.
So home we came and we started looking for the farm cats to make sure all are ok.. and then came the rest of the dead small stock.. One of my laying hens dead and chewed on.. two more chickens missing and yet to be found at this time.. (hopefully they come back home) and then my big black Drake..
This was truly a loss, this big guy was bought as a year old at the spring farm sale and this would have been his 5th year on the farm, so he has certainly lived a good life for duck as most never make 6 years when you are a meat duck but he was one of my favorites.. he was protective of his hens but so friendly with us.. always wagging his tail and saying hello.
It bothers me that he had a painful death that I am sure he felt fear over.. I can only hope it went faster in real life then it looked like.. What a waste.. I do have his offspring here on the farm but that does not take my feeling of wrongness at his death.
We tracked down 5 out of the 6 farm cats quite quickly and all were good.. but we spent hours calling for our 6th kitty and when he came, he seemed good until he moved.. he is a touch limping and favoring one front paw.. thankfully he did let me check it, and it appears to have a swelling and a small injury.. I will watch it carefully and see if I can with hubbies help soak it..
Otherwise, I might need a trip to the vet if it gets infected.. lets hope that between the kitty and myself we can clear it up here on the farm.. but if needed Vet it will be..
It was not the sunday morning we were planning or expected.. but it was what we got.. we finished it with burying dead stock and searching for a missing farm cat..
I am very much hoping that this will be the first and last time these dogs visit the farm.. I will not be as forgiving in regards to animal loss if it happens again.
Ok, I know this is going to come up, yes I do have the right to call bylaw, yes in a direct attack on livestock you are legally allowed to put down the attacking dogs and yes, you have legal rights in regards to getting standardized (pre-set) pay outs for dead stock or vet bills if damages done etc.
However once you do any of that.. you are really ruining your relationships.. think long and hard before being “that” person..