But when we started to have more difficult problems such as raccoons and possum trying to catch a chicken for dinner , we opted for stronger measures of defense. And just under three years ago we brought two canine half-brothers, Valentino and Salvador into our family to guard all living things residing here. These two wonderful Great Pyrenees will, upon learning their territorial boundaries, will protect anything or anyone who is part of our farm family while warding off intruders. Assisting them nightly is Molly, our jack rat terrier who serves as scout and the alarm agent when the "enemy" approaches.
Saturday night was definitely an "earn your keep" moment for our two loving Great Pyrenees family members and Molly as they ran about from one side of the property, chasing off the critters. A number of coyotes tried to enter the property on numerous occasions as did a raccoon and possum or two looking for dinner. Our guardian angels worked as a team with Molly acting as the forward observer. The big dogs strategically placed themselves one on each side of the property with Molly roaming and listening with her keen ears. When the "enemy" attempted to advance across the property line, the canine warriors immediately pounced with their demeanor changed from one of gentle and sweet to that of a wolf waiting for the "kill". The object of their wrath wisely withdrew back into the woods, hoping for another opportunity later but realizing that their goal would be perilous. And little Molly, after scouting the perimeter and finding the culprit, stood right with her big friends as a back up of last resort. She has some vicious teeth and a tenacity available to enter the fray if the big fellas have need of her help.
Several attempts were made throughout the night, each ending with the same result. The arm was secure, the fowl were unharmed and the barn was retained in orderly fashion.
I guess you could say the scene resembled a military tactical action of a squad in a night position. And we are thankful that, once the threat was removed, these great dogs were waiting for their reward at daybreak. Wagging their tails and gazing with their smiling eyes, dog biscuits and hugs of love were delivered gratefully.
Sometimes I look at a fresh hole or two which they have dug on property and I get frustrated with dogs just being dogs, but then I think of what great service they provide out of love and devotion. Then I just smile, grab a shovel and fill them in, knowing that these great dogs are worth their weight in gold and we are so happy to have them with us.
Dogs are truly a wonderful gift from God and our world is so much better having them. We thank Him every day for these special creatures and the work they do and the joy they give us.