Sunday, December 25, 2011
The puppy held out till 0530 this morning before whining to let us know it was time to be let out of his crate so he could go potty outside. So Annmarie got out of bed and let all three dogs outside. I came down 10 minutes later to let them inside. Bailey (adult chocolate lab) and Zeke (border collie puppy) were right outside the door ready to come in, Sprout (Brussels Griffin) was no where to be seen. Sprout only weighs 11 pounds, therefore negating the effects of having a fence. He can just crawl between the cattle panel squares. Annmarie stuck her head out a little later to call him in and heard him barking up past the chicken coop. She thought he had something cornered and needed a human to bail him out. So we went out with guns and flashlights (I wore my new ball cap light, very cool!). We ended up walking past the old hen house, the spring and all the outbuildings. No Sprout any where. Annmarie went to let the animals out while I took the dogs and arsenal back to the house. Within a few minutes Annmarie's mother calls to say that Sprout is down at her house. It turns out that she had seen him on the back hillside. He was chasing coyotes off the property! He was over a 1/4 mile away from the house and in the opposite direction of the out buildings. The sound of his barking was bouncing off the out buildings making Annmarie think that is where he was located. Sprout needs to learn that at a whopping 11 pounds multiple coyotes are going to make mince meat out of him. He just does not get that concept. He came home happy as can be and still in one piece.