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I am now paranoid about dogs and my chickens

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After the dog ordeal in the previous post, I have maybe, just maybe, become a tiny bit paranoid.

We were arriving home from work a few days ago and there on the road, running merrily along, was the neighbour’s poodle type dog. It was quite a long way from it’s home and it had to pass our (ungated) driveway to get back to it’s place. This is the same horrible dog. that I suspect chased Hilda Hen and caused her to go missing one evening. It is also the same dog that has chased a neighbours ducks whilst it was being walked along the road. A menace.

So what did I do? Well, some kind of mother hen instinct came over me. I hid behind some bushes (in my corporate work clothes and heels) to see if this poodley thing would stop at our (ungated) driveway on the way past and dare to poke his fluffy nose onto my property. One glimpse (or sniff) of my free ranging chickens, who knows what would happen.

So I watched from behind the bushes, this thing merrily trotting along the road and thank goodness, he trotted right on past our driveway. But wait! He decided to turn back and take a look up our driveway and then tentatively started to take a few steps onto our property.

So now what did I do? The mother hen instinct really kicked in and I leaped out from behind the bushes, shouting and flailing my arms about and running towards this poor little poodley type dog. He must have got the fright of his life. This mad woman coming towards him. He put his tail between his legs and he slunk off as fast as his fluffy legs would carry him, out of my driveway and along the road towards his home. I continued to run along our fence line shouting and flailing my arms at this dog, until I lost sight of  him.

My husband, Haitch was standing in horror beside the car, watching this drama unfold and all he said was “you are one scary lady”.

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12 thoughts on “I am now paranoid about dogs and my chickens

  1. OH I can’t stop laughing!!!

  2. Good for you!!!!! and ever so funny. But I would do the same.

  3. Hilarious image! I feel the same way about dogs and our chickens. Some neighbors have a bird dog and they are really good about keeping him home, but on the rare occasion he ends up at our house scoping out the chickens. He’s an extremely sweet dog, but I still don’t want him around the flock.

    Good job on protecting your girls!

  4. OMG…I wonder if poodly-thing will ever stroll by your driveway again?!! Good for you!! I’m lucky to have had a break-thru/milestone this weekend…peaceful integration with my dogs and chickens. I’ll probably post it soon!!

  5. well done you! it’s amazing what we do for our chooks! (sure gives the neighbours something to gossip about!)

  6. You are hilarious :-). The poodly-thing will have nightmares for weeks 🙂 I’m laughing so hard it hurts!

  7. That is hilarious! But also worrying.

  8. Thanks to you all for all your laughter and support 🙂

  9. Woo Hoo! One point for the chicken lovers out there. People with dogs and cats seem way too tolerant of their wayward pets. If you can’t train the owner (and that’s a big task) terrorise the pets into keeping their distance. My neighbour’s cat is really freaked out by me. I’ve never hurt or even yelled at her but if she comes into my back yard, I put my hands on my hips and give her the evil eye. She slinks away like I spat fire.

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