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EIEIO    Posted 09-16-2002 at 11:06:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Finally getting to say "Good Morning" - scratch that "Good Afternoon". Well Dennis took two sheep today. I felt worse than when we took the pig. Samson, pygmy goat, and Peep, little sheep, were just a crying away and they didn't even know them that well. Than Halfpint, pyr, decides to follow Dennis down the road with Samson a close second. What a mess!! The loading was easy, easy, easy but the driving off was the pits. I finally put all three critters in the huge pen that they can go in and out to a pasture. That **&&$&&#*@dog is still doing its killing and try as we may we cannot get to him. I am ready to let Halfpint run free for awhile but I don't think he would do that well up against a Rotweiller. I or Dennis are going to get the SOB, it is not fair that we try to raise critters only to have them killed by that $*%((^)%)%*($&* dog. Excuse the rough language but I guess this is just a bad day!!!!!!!!!!!



RayP(MI)    Posted 09-17-2002 at 05:17:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had worries about the pit bull across the road, who got loose regularly. Found a llama breeder who had a surplus of animals, got two gelded males, and a female, pretty cheap. they now patrol the sheep pastures. They adopt the sheep and will protect them from preditors. Stories of dogs, coyotes, even a bear kicked to death abound here. Have seen what they do when we got a dog dropped off a while back. They had the herd backed in the corner of the pasture, and stayed between the dog and the herd. Last time the pit bull got out, we captured it, made the owner come over and get it. While he was here, explained what the llamas will do - pit bull hasn't been back. (Also explained that some of our show rabbits were worth more than the dog, and if dog ended up in the barn, they'd be carrying it out! - along with a law suit.)


kraig WY    Posted 09-16-2002 at 16:50:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Loose dogs arn't a problem here. State Law says they're free game if their on your property and you "think" they may chase your stock. If they kill or injure your animals you shoot then send the bill to the dogs owner. Kind of an open and shut case with a dead farm animal and dead dog so you don't have much of a court case. Wonder if the big sheep and cattle ranches setting up this state had anything to do with the laws?


DeadCarp - poison?    Posted 09-16-2002 at 13:01:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousin is a small-town mayor, they have a leash law but city folks tend to drop off pups and they get wild and pesky. Well, every Fall he makes a few frozen hamburger patties and scatters them arund the snowbanks. Nobody loses any sleep - end of stray dogs.
Use something stronger than rat poison though - dogs have tough stummicks. They'll lie around a couple weeks miserable, then recover. Rock salt from a shotgun just blinds them so that's not very humane either.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-16-2002 at 12:01:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It never gets easy when it comes time to turn our livestock into groceries. If it didn't bother me, I would really be worried. As for the killier dog, I truely believe that once they start killing livestock, they won't ever quit and must be dealt with approprietly. What a pity, just because your neighbors won't accept thier responcibility for thier pets.


Hogman    Posted 09-16-2002 at 11:28:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
EI I feel for Ya Kid think I'd not only set up a 24/7 watch but I'd bait tha sapsucker! His death would be very very soon!!!!
Around here in times such as Yours I strap on a suitable handgun so as ta be ready on sight.
Course, it helps ta be a halfways decent shot.

Good luck


EIEIO    Posted 09-16-2002 at 11:50:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I think I could manage a good shot. Way back in the dark ages I bought a Colt 45. Went to the police station to learn how to shoot it and a few other weapons. Also learned to take a gun apart and put it together correctly. They taught me to always respect a gun and ALWAYS treat it like it was loaded. The lessons came in handy because one day visiting my mother's farm, my "step=father" dared me to shoot his double-barrel shotgun. Set an apple on a fence post. Well I was about 100 lbs, I knew that shotgun was going to knock me on my kister if I didn't dig in, this is what he wanted, anyway I dug in with both feet, aimed and shot that apple clean in half. Not braggn just fact.

Dennis and I really should practice target shooting now that we can do it without having to pay a shooting range fee. DUH I forget we have enough space where we won't shoot anyone and/or get in trouble.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-16-2002 at 12:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
EIEIO, your right, you gotta get that rott. If it is still killing then you should be ready at all times. When we have one in our area that keeps killing, there a few of us in the valley that stay ready. If we are out, we are ready, when the chance comes we take and make it good, one good scare and he will be very shy.
When you are done, just forget it and say nothing about it to anyone.
Ron
PS Donna and I have a Rott, and he is a discrace to his breed. However should he ever turn bad I would be the one to take care of him, not a neighbor.


WallSal55    Posted 09-16-2002 at 13:36:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here, we tell the neighbors when their dog
kills; we know darn well we won't pull
a trigger, but we sure do know the farmers in the
area who will--to protect their livestock. Seems to scare them enough.


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