wings and things

Who let the dogs out?

on October 22, 2012

Remember this song?

For some time now we have had a dogs versus birds dilemma and this has been a source of contention between Ming and me. I have tended to lock the dogs in their yard and let the birds free range and Ming has wanted this arrangement reversed, so we have now come to a compromise. The dogs get to run free all morning, then get put back into their yard, then the poultry get to free range all afternoon until we put them away, then the dogs get another run. So far this is working very well.

The reason we can’t let them all frolic together is because the dogs want to kill everything. Blaze is a miniature dachschund and Jack is an Irish terrier so, despite our attempts to train them not to kill (using electric collar things briefly which I didn’t like, and a dog trainer) both breeds have been bred to hunt and kill.

Luckily the guinnea fowl and peafowl can fly up and away from dog danger, but none of the poultry can – not even Godfrey – so now we have a new system and everyone seems very happy – the gang, the dogs and Ming and me.

They look so innocent don’t they!

Don’t be fooled by their sweet demeanours; Ming let them out a bit early the other afternoon, before the roosters were roosting, and they killed Noname and Tina Turner almost instantaneously. Poor Ming tried to stop it but had to come and tell me. I cried my eyes out even though Tina and I had such a love/hate relationship. Noname was always a bit vulnerable and an easy target so I guess, for me, this was another lesson learned.

I’m not sure if getting accustomed to loss is a good or a bad thing.

44 responses to “Who let the dogs out?

  1. bulldogsturf says:

    The balance of nature…. or time management… shame about the loss, have dogs like that myself, just want to kill everything they see…

  2. Jo Woolf says:

    Not sure I should be ‘liking’ this post, technically – but I hope your new system is working better! We had a miniature dachshund once and I can vouch for their speed and deadliness!

  3. diannegray says:

    Oh no! Not Tina Turner! She was so cute 😦

    I think the time management thing is the best – good luck!

  4. Oh, how sad – Tina Turner was a jerk, but a very beautiful jerk. We have exactly the same problem with our two Cocker Spaniels – murderous beasties given a second of chance.

  5. I am so sorry about Tina and Noname–loss is the pits!

  6. tersiaburger says:

    Julie you write so beautifully. I actually have a smile on my face when I read your posts. By saying that I am not trying to negate the trauma of the Noname and Tina being killed. I LOVE the names and your writing style. Fond wishes.

  7. Louise G. says:

    Ah Julie — perhaps it is that nature is always teaching us to respect the cycles of life — but those are tough lessons.

    Be strong of heart my friend. I wonder some times when I read your posts how you have the courage and strength to embrace life, and all its losses, with such grace. You are amazing and I am blessed every time I come here and find life shimmering in all its beauty and darkness and truth.

  8. Sounds like a good balance between dogs/birds can be reached.

  9. terry1954 says:

    sounds like a great idea! think we can do this with people also???? LOL

  10. dcwisdom says:

    Oh, so sad about Tina. Kinda. I know how those roosters can be. ha You just wouldn’t think those sweet looking dogs could turn so vicious. Bless ’em.

  11. artsifrtsy says:

    Something about dogs and chickens – they rarely get along. My dogs could have a bird sit on their heads and not care – but if they spot a squirrel or rabbit – it’s game on!

  12. Them dogs are killers! They do look innocent!

  13. What sad news about Tina, dogs well whatcan I say gotta love them when they look so cute and harmless……………lol

  14. viveka says:

    That was really sad news about your lost … Tina gone now ???? And Noname too.
    Glad I wasn’t there .. I would be so upset and I would hated the dogs .. because they don’t kill because of food. That’s why I never could be a farmer ..
    Maybe the dogs has been trained for hunting … still I would be so full of hate for what they done.
    Going to miss your conversation with Tina and Noname.

  15. Trisha says:

    It’s hard to imagine those cute, funny dogs being deadly! They are adorable.

  16. bluebee says:

    Oh, no – Tina is gone?! 😦

  17. pixilated2 says:

    Oh no!!! I have had that happen to me a few times. You want to throttle them, to hate them, but in the end you can’t blame them for being dogs and doing what comes natural to them.
    I’m so sorry, Julie.
    ~ Lynda

  18. Sounds like a good system that will keep everyone happier. So sad about Tina and Noname. I can’t remember what kind of rooster Tina was, but he was such a spectacular beauty. Life lesson really suck sometimes.

  19. Ms. Boice says:

    I read this earlier this week and couldn’t bear it. Tina was such a great “character” in your blogs. I will miss him. So very sorry for you loss.

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