Monday, November 30, 2015
I hate to write this post. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. But......
We have to rehome Jack. We have tried for 3 years to keep him from killing our chickens, but it's just not working. We have even put the chickens behind a fence reinforced with cattle panels and he got in and killed them. HE BENT THE CATTLE PANELS to get in and kill the chickens!!!!!! He has cost us more money and more time than any other animal on the farm. He has to go.
We found him a home a few miles away from us. He will be living with a military vet and his wife and kids (which he loves). They live up a holler where there is no traffic. This is good because Jack had gotten to where he was running after certain cars that would go down the road. He would have gotten hit here sooner or later. His new family also has 77 acres of land that he can run on. That's more than what he has here too.
I'm going to miss him. He really was a good dog to me. He guarded me like it was his job, which it was. Now he has another family to guard. A family that doesn't have chickens, and a family that has children that he can play with. I know it will be an adjustment, but Jack loves EVERYBODY (especially kids) so I know he will be fine. Actually, he will probably be more than fine. He will love his new home.
With us living on a farm, we will need an outside dog. I don't know if we will use one of the Aussies as an outside dog, or get another dog. If we get another one, we'll go to the dog pound and get one. We think a pound dog makes the best dogs. We have gotten them there before. We usually get an older one because we know that an older dog doesn't have a huge chance of someone taking him home. And, what dog wouldn't want to live the rest of its life on a farm?
We had tried everything so that we could have kept Jack. I didn't want him to have to live his life on a chain or in a small kennel. I like him too much for that. Although it's not easy for me, I know this is what's best for everyone. We had planned on getting a good flock of chickens soon. I know that if he had killed them, we would have done something in anger and I don't want that. Once again, I think we are doing the best thing. It's still not easy.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, feeling low.
P.s. Please no negative comments or telling us what we "should have done." We have tried EVERYTHING.