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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Coach on the menu :-(

hate to return to forum with a huge rant..... but.

I was so happy to come back to our home in California so that Coach could go from apartment living to running in our back yard.

Devastating... red tail hanging in our tree eying my precious baby boy. I went to let him out yesterday and there he was. So after reading horrible "hawk took my dog" posts last evening it's no longer an option to let him out without being stuck at my side.

Our yard is fenced, no coyotes or anything can get in, except for a few stupid wild turkeys that then can't get out, but they're harmless.

I always kept an eye on him and usually hung out for awhile, but now I think I have to keep him on a leash right next to me. He looks at me like what's up? I so want to RLH and explore and sniff and be a dog.

I don't even think I can sit in our chairs and watch him play..

I know there isn't anything I can do about it, but just wanted to vent. I've been so busy with work that I don't have as much time as I'd like to hang outside with him. But what was once bad news is now good news. I work two days in the city and send Coach to day care and boarding Tuesday morning and pick him up Wednesday afternoon. At least he now has two days to run free.

Sorry, long work day, some wine and in a motel room in SF and pissed off so I'm rambling at bit...

f**n hawk...

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Yikes! But thank goodness you spotted the hawk BEFORE you let Coach out to play. We have so many hawks, etc. around here too that I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my guys out alone either.

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I can completely understand your concern, as I've read of some of these stories myself. However, as an experienced birder, I can tell you that mature Red Tailed Hawks, while the largest Hawks in the Eastern Zone (Dallas), are only 2.5 pounds and prey on small rodents and birds considerably smaller than themselves. I have to wonder sometimes, if what's really "taking my dog" stories is Great Horned Owls. I've actually heard of many such cases over the years of Great Horned Owls doing just that. They're commonly out during daylight hours (in spite of misconceptions) and to the average inexperienced person, could look very much like a hawk flying away with a tiny dog.

Sorry this is causing you so much angst

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so glad he is safe. Was nervous to open this thread and read.
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I was terrified reading this at first. To make it worse, I had a nightmare the other night that woke me with heart racing. In my dream, I was driving in the left lane of an unfamiliar highway, with Milo running in a line of dogs right in front of my car. It was all a fun scene of all these dogs running until two rams darted across the road diagonally from left to right. Just as Milo bounced off the road in his little run, the ram opened it's mouth and swallowed him whole. In the dream, I didn't have even a split second to react. It was a fete accompli. He was gone and there wasn't a single thing I could do to save him. Horrible, horrible dream.

I would be terrified of anything that could harm the babies, having access to them. Better safe than sorry.

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I would throw rocks at it and do all sorts of things to scare it off from my yard. But likely it will leave on its own soon.
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Is there some way you can make a cage set up with a roof on it. You can use chicken wire for the roof.

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We had two juvenile red-tailed hawks nesting nearby the fall we got Jack. I always went out with Jack. Scared myself silly one day when I saw them circling.

Now that Jack is a solid 17 pounder, I don't worry but when he was little, !!!


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Our neighbors Chihuahua was just attacked by hawks. Fortunately she escaped with scratches on her little head and a laceration on her back. Unfortunately the poor thing is traumatized and won't hardly go outside, even with her humans right there with her. Panda is never out by herself, and at ~13 lbs. too heavy to pick up, but it is still a concern that the birds might make a run at her...

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My friend would shoot the hawk I would miss

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