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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Look who's hanging out in my backyard this morning! Keeping Molly close to me for sure!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 09:16 AM
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OMG!!! Glad that you saw it soon enough to keep Molly safe. We have one around here too. It's frightening.



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Other birds to watch out for are owls. I have a friend that lost a mini poodle to an owl.



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I always watch my two in the backyard. Especially Truffles since she is smaller. I'm more concerned with coyotes and now mountain lions! Last week their was a big mountain lion caught on a neighbors video camera at 3AM in their driveway!

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Yikes!!! Stay away bad, bad bird! Just last week the dogs and I were outside playing. I noticed a hawk (think it was a red-tailed) circling our yard. He started getting lower and lower. Even as low as our eaves. I was on the patio, so don't think he could see me. I picked up Layla and he circled a couple of more times, then flew off towards the river. Consequently, I have closed our doggie door and no longer let her outside alone. Sooo scary! I have always worried about birds, but thought maybe I was being too neurotic and overprotective...not anymore.
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We go to the Birds of Prey show at the Minnesota State Fair every year, and DH is good at remembering details. He said predatory birds go after weak prey so are unlikely to go after your healthy Havanese. He said predatory birds may go for dogs that are acting odd (due to being tied to a stake or wearing clothing that makes them walk funny) but are unlikely to go for a healthy dog unless they're starving. That said, I'd really hate to hear that Molly got snatched. I'd probably keep Shama close too!

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We live right on the city limits, so we occasionally get some fun stragglers from the rural land by us. Currently, there is a huge fox living in the neighborhood. Gone are the days we could sit on the front porch and let Mario hang around in the yard.

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They are magnificent birds, especially in flight! A neighbor down the street found an eagle in distress in her backyard a few days ago. He is being treated now at Cornell University and is most likely the mate of the one I saw today in my yard. They believe he may have botulism from something he ate. They are hoping to nurse him back to health and return him to our area and his mate.



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I hope they get reunited!

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We live right on the city limits, so we occasionally get some fun stragglers from the rural land by us. Currently, there is a huge fox living in the neighborhood. Gone are the days we could sit on the front porch and let Mario hang around in the yard.
We have had foxes on our property for 30 years, and I lived with them on another farm before that. I have never EVER seen (or heard of) them even taking a kitten, let alone a dog, even a small one. They hunt mice and voles and rabbits mostly, along with eggs and small birds when they can get them and fruit. They LOVE fruit! We had a cat who use to torment a vixen by just lying in the grass between the vixen and her den with kits in it. I'd hear the vixen yelping and have to go retrieve the cat so the poor girl could get to her kits. Naughty mama cat!

Foxes ARE a danger to chickens if you keep them, but not dogs... even little ones.


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