When we talk about pest controllers for the barn, nothing is better than the barn cats. The little fellow to the left is Rusty, one of our younger cats but a guy who is great at keeping mice out of the barn. Of course, our resident black snake who lives under the barn also does a good job, too, but Rusty and his buddies including Dinky, Recon, Rascal, and Patty Cake are some of the best.
Cats are also wonderful about keeping poisonous snakes away. Living in an area with plenty of moccasins and an occasional rattler, they tend to keep a distance from the cats. There's just something about the quickness of felines that seems to work and we are certainly thankful for that. But as I mentioned, the barn isn't the only concern and when it comes to our chickens and the adjacent garage area something a little bigger and more menacing than a cat is needed.
When the low bark of these two in unison gets really heavy, my back up team that sleeps indoors decides they need to enter the fray. It can be at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m, but whenever it happens I know they won't relent until I let them out. Opening the door, they race off into the darkness in the direction of the "Mountain Boys", Val and Sal. The defense is now fully in place and no intruder wants to take on this imposing defense.
Oh, I'm sure you want to know what type of dogs go out the join the fray? They are Kaz the Great Dane and Molly the jack rat terrier. Kaz is normally a very sweet dog, but when he sees something that smells of danger, like a coyote or something larger, his countenance changes. After all, the Great Dane was bred originally in Germany for boar hunting. A full grown Dane can take down a three hundred pound wild pig without being hurt seriously. And as for Miss Molly, she has the temperament to flush out varmints to be handled either by herself or with her big buddies. We really don't see many varmints adjacent to the living quarters on our property since we acquired Val and Sal.
So here's to great bunch of dogs, always loyal and always true, ready at all times to keep our property safe and secure. Orkin, eat your heart out.