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Friday, January 31, 2014

The sheep

The sheep love the hills and the ferns. Overjoyed one might say.

Things were going well, until the polar vortex and I lost the smallest of the four. Then yesterday the boys ran off three dogs. They had torn up the smallest of the three remaining sheep.

Now I get to go talk to the neighbor about her dogs. Does one bring baked goods when bringing news that you will have to shoot their dogs? Or chocolate?

We will have to kill the sheep they attacked. Don't want her to suffer. But that means I am down to two sheep. Wonder how long they will survive.

15 comments:

Warlock Sundance said...

shoot the dogs and forego telling the neighbors.....

Matt said...

Bring a photo of the rifle.....

Tewshooz said...

Just shoot the dogs and bury them. Around here in sheep country we do SSS. Shoot, shovel, silence. Do not talk about it either before or after. Warn your neighbor one time only.

Mamma Bear said...

I am sorry...We lost almost all of our chickens and turkeys to dogs within two nights. I pile them up at the gate entrance with a sign I was so pissed. I have 4 chickens left and 3 turkeys out of 60.

Tewshooz said...

I will say it again. Shoot the dogs. Your neighbor will never believe that their dogs would harm your sheep. Shoot the dogs, bury them and be quiet about it. I know from whence I speak. Been there, done that. Once dogs start killing sheep, they will never stop

Sandy said...

Phelan,

I'm so sorry to hear about your little one. Good luck with dealing with your neighbor. I wouldn't bring food, maybe something for protection just in case.

Kelly said...

Sucky situation your in. Sorry about your sheep :( I say don't talk to the neighbor and just shoot the damn dogs!

Carolyn said...

I know it's going to be a hard conversation, but once you do have it, you will be able to judge the "quality" of that neighbor....and then act appropriately the next time something happens.

Practical Parsimony said...

I would not warn them. A talk with neighbors about dogs never turns out well for me. It just makes them angry and leads to me having to call the police. All hell breaks loose then.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tewshooz.....just handle it and move on. Had the same problem with a neighbor's dog and my guineas. Lost 5 in one night. One warning ONLY. Haven't lost any more guineas so I guess the neighbor realized I wasn't kidding.

Pam

Jess (Ozark Momma) said...

Talk to the neighbor, no goodies. If you hear the "my dogs would never" line, file a police report (that way it's on record that you talked to her and such) and shoot on sight. PR is a sort of protection of the rear.

I'm sorry about your sheep. Many virtual hugs.

Harry Flashman said...

I'd talk to the neighbors. It's up to them to make restitution and to prevent this from happening again.

I don't want to set off a big macho argument about shooting dogs with other readers, and I don't question your right to take what action you deem appropriate if the dogs are on your land, but you could make some bitter enemies that way. That kind of thing always gets out. You don't need enemies.

small farm girl said...

SHOOT THE DOGS!!!!!!!! I have a bounty out for them anyway!!!!! Lol!!! They have come to my property and attract some of my animals too!!!!

Donna said...

:(

carol anne said...

I'm from the city and now I live in the hell that is suburbia but I've seen neighbors go to all out war over wind chimes and who does't pick the dog poop in their yard quick enough. The police and/or lawyers get called if someone's dog bites a neighbor kid. I'm pretty sure a dog killing your sheep is a much bigger deal than any of the above nonsense.


So Perhaps I'm not polite (I'm so totally not) or neighborly, and perhaps I've got a bad attitude (yup) but I'd turn up at that neighbor's doorstep with a really bad attitude and a bill for the sheep and a warning that if there's a next time the police and animal control are coming to take their dog away.

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