I am rather an old hat when it comes to dealing with dogs attacking livestock. I have stood out in blizzard topless, using my shirt to staunch the blood of a goat. I have buried the remains of massacres, and shot several dogs.
My question about bringing baked goods, was a dark joke. I have met the family before this, and they seem to be reasonable people, a nice family. Etiquette in Kansas dictated that you got a warning. After that one could get the county involved if you for some reason wanted to save that dog. But most the time county would do nothing unless it bit a person and that person ended up in ER.
This isn't sheep country here. I believe I am the only one with sheep right now. I could be wrong as I can't see down into other hollers. There are a few head of cattle besides mine and Small Farm Girl's. Mainly chickens. And I guess these dogs have been a problem for those birds.
If I had caught those dogs, or if Large had been at the house rather than walking down the hill, they would have been shot then and there. No questions, no talking, nothing.
Sprocket went missing a few months after arriving here. The puppies came into our life after the wreck. So as of right now there are no guardians for the sheep. I wasn't able to work with the puppies due to not being able to walk and all. They make good alarms, but they bark at anything that makes a noise in the woods. Hopefully we can find guardianship sooner rather than later.
The ram is also too young still to protect his women, um errr woman. It will be another year before he will have the bulk.
Unfortunately, this last sheep to die was my last Painted Desert. The ram is a mix and the ewe is a black belly. My breeding herd is gone.
For now I will wait on rebuilding that herd.
And thank you guys again for the dog and driveway advice. And glad to know I am not alone.