September 18, 2012

#Dealing - which is harsher, human or dogs?

There has been so many ups and downs here in Alabama since making the move, as well as deciding to settle here.  Trying to get what is needed from the family courts is been somewhat of a pain, they finally found my old custody and support order from '91, now is the wait for them to arrive in the mail.  This last little bit of information is all that is needed in order for me to finish filling out the divorce papers so that they can be sent them out to be signed and filed.

I've been staying with Barry all the time lately, even though most of my belongings are at my original place still.  We get along so well, our personalities are so much alike, yet, our lifestyles are so different.  Farming can be difficult, physically and emotionally.  One of his dogs - Balls, a Great Pyrenees/German Sheppard dog mix, has been attacking and drawing blood of a few hogs lately.  Because of this type of dogs nature the only option is to put him down, since he has had the taste of blood.  Usually this dog is good temperament but because of having other mixed breeds in him, it has to be done.  Trying to find out if there was any other option besides killing the dog, nothing online gave me any other information but to put the dog down since he has tasted blood, everything points to the fact that Balls will probably do this again since he already has done so twice.

Balls has a wonderful personality, a sweet loving dog for such a humongous and powerful animal.  Since a pup, Balls has always been free to roam as a farm dog and the Great Pyrenees/German Shepard breed in him is highly discouraged from being an apartment dog.  This makes the possibility of adoption out of the question, so, anyone who did wish to adopt him would have to have plenty of land for him to roam.  Because this area of Alabama is all farming community, there isn't much else to do.  Hopefully when Balls is put down I'm not around, it is just to heartbreaking to deal with.

If the situation were that Balls killed a chicken instead of a hog, than there are ways of breaking him of that.  One website suggested to tie the chicken the dog kills around the dogs neck, isolate him for five to seven days until the chicken smells, this way the dogs will, hopefully, never go after a chicken again.  Now most will say this is disgusting and cruel, but nature isn't always what a person wishes it to be.  If you let a dog get away with attacking livestock, they could most likely start attacking nearby neighbor's farm animals, then you have a bigger problem on your hands.
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