Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Do you know where your dogs are?
If you don't, read this important message.
They are in a ravine, and it's wild down there. There's a lot of poison oak and things like big tawny cats.
It's not far from your house as the crow flies, but it's several hundred feet downhill and a quarter mile from the nearest road. Easy to get lost down there. Hard to find dead dogs.
But let's face it. If one of the dogs didn't come home you would hope for the best. You'd post handbills on the power poles, with your dog's description, picture, and name. And your telephone number. Then you'd wait for the call.
But the big cat in the ravine isn't picky. Dogs are fair game. If it can catch your pet, it's going to eat it.
You are right though, there's safety in numbers. Yes, two bold dogs could stave off an attack, especially if they see the big cat first and give full-throated chase.
But the big cat has the advantage down there. If only one dog comes home acting strangely, well, there's no need for the handbill.
So if I were you, good neighbor, I'd keep my dogs around the house. And I'd lock them up at night.
The big cats around here really like dog meat.
[BTW, the redhead finds preposterous irony in this post. "That's ridiculous, what are YOU doing down there?!"
Me: "I'm looking for owl pellets -- bwaaahahahaHaaaah!"]