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On our final morning in Walt Disney World, we received a call from our farm sitter. Bad news. Wild dogs had gotten into the pen.

That’s never news you want to hear on a farm. Wild dogs and coyotes are just not really welcome guests, but seem to find their way onto our land from time to time. We’ve heard the eerie cries of the coyote during the night since we first built our home here. The bone chilling sound like a woman screaming mixed with the cries of a baby still stop me in my tracks when I hear it. I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever get used to it.

But lately, we’ve had more and more wild dogs roaming our land than I’ve ever noticed before. It seems the group gets a bit bigger as they move across our property. Large, medium, and small in stature, they usually travel in packs of three or more and do not seem to be frightened by our noisy activities like the coyote have been. And for that reason, they frighten me.

Local animal control try to help, but they need for us to catch the dogs so they can then pick them up. Normally, a wandering dog wouldn’t bother me, except these dogs haven’t seemed really friendly the few times I have tried to shoo them away. Catching them for animal control to pick up just hasn’t been an option I was particularly interested in pursuing.

Unfortunately, whether because I haven’t gotten the courage to catch them or because it’s the way nature works, on that particular day, they got into our pen.

When I heard that news, I immediately thought of Little House on the Prairie where Laura and Andy are caring for wolves in the barn. A pack of wild dogs breaks into the chicken pen and then into the barn where the children have climbed up into the hay loft.

And then I heard the news that our two ducks were dead and we were missing some of our hens.

My heart sank not only for the loss of these sweet pets, but at knowing we would have to end our magical trip by telling Little Buddy the news.

Life on a farm, no matter how small, teaches plenty of life lessons. Some are more welcome than others.

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  1. Robyn,First I would suggest a Great Pyreness.we rescued our from the auction house but he is a great guard dog for the hens and goats.He is a gentle giant with us all,he has never harmed anything not even a cat. I didn’t know that you had a farm,please tell more and show more photos. My son wants to go to disney world for Christmas Time,we will have to think on that BC of the farm animals as well.
    Love your blog

    1. I second a Pyrenees! AMAZING dogs. Bread for keeping their herd protected but naturally VERY gentle and well mannered with people. BIG and HAIRY though.

  2. Aww that was sad. I am sorry that your trip had to end on a sad note from home. I hope Little Buddy didn’t take it to hard. {{{{HUGS}}}}

  3. I didn’t know you live on a farm Robyn. That’s so cool! But I’m so very sorry to hear what happened. Your hens and ducks are beautiful. Love the pictures. Anxious to hear/see more. Wishing you the best with this situation.

  4. I know what you mean about farm life, but it’s still sad. 🙁 We’ve been watching LHOP reruns lately so I know EXACTLY which one you mean!

  5. I’m sorry. When I was little, we raised ducks. Every time one was lost, my sister and I cried and cried. Our duckies.

    Anyway, I too will never forget the sound a coyote. There’s a pack of them at my Grandma’s house, and there are few sounds I like to hear less than their cries.

    This is going to sound bad, but could you shoot those wild, roaming dogs? That’s what happens at my Grandma’s farm and those surrounding her. Coyotes, too, if they come close enough to the house.

  6. We’ve been wanting to have chickens, but my kids got so sad when some of our friends had chickens that were taken away by some wild thing or another (the family found feathers, but not the birds), I realized that my kids might just be too heartbroken if that happened to us. Plus, I’m not exactly sure what the neighbors would say about it. 😉

  7. Pls if you do consider get a Great Pyr (Pyrenees) get 2. 1 is great but for a pack of dogs…it could use some help. Dogs know how to encircle a lone dog..intimidation and danger! Dog attacks in numbers leave a single dog not able to cover all angles and he will surely go for all he’s got and end up pretty hurt with a few pretty hurt dogs around him. He would be good for intimidation by himself but if the pack is getting pretty assertive or less intimidated by noises etc…they only get worse! Once they know they are not welcome, by no uncertain terms, on your property, they will move on. Also, make sure the Pyrs know who they are guarding so they stay outside with the animals and are not house/people guardians. Or, let them be people guardians and not farm animal guardians. This is important. Sorry if this is a bit forward sounding.

    A great idea and so valuable to the neighborhood is…contact all your neighbors, take pics of dogs and circulate to see if anyone knows who owns them. Most states it is against the law for dogs to be off lead. If they are truly wild/stray dogs, then you want to let all neighbors know and maybe collectively do something about it. Animal control can also try to catch them if enough people complain about them not being friendly or a neighborhood nuisance.

  8. Oh no, Robyn – I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My daughter is begging for ducks – and they seem to have the most wonderful personality. I am sure they will be missed. Hugs to you and your family. xoxo