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Amanda Elsdon-Dew
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:37 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh dear, four cats have moved in to the house next door and are currently trying to establish their territories, which they would like to include our garden. I like cats and would greatly welcome their presence at night when we have plenty of mice to keep them occupied, and we greatly miss Olly – a mouser and ratter supreme - who used to live next door until he very sadly got run over. He knew better than to come round in the day though. Our hens are outraged every time a cat appears, and set up a furious squawking, and like the starchiest of maiden aunts then line up, bodies aquiver, beaks pointing towards the intruder. And Dinah is delighted to assist with the problem. It is fascinating how the hens totally accept Dinah as their protector, even though she can still be too rough with them (but is much improved, she would like me to report, and is actually very helpful at finding missing birds in bushes and shepherding them most carefully back to me – it is just if they ‘disobey’ that she gives tends to go over the top in her disciplining of them). The hens squawk frantically and furiously and Dinah appears at a gallop, and the cat vanishes quickly. It is nerve wracking, though, because although we have now treble fenced our side of the hedge in between us and the cats’ garden, Dinah doesn’t seem to have read the Briard books that say that Briards used to guard unfenced land and always knew their boundaries. Dinah is quite frantic to get through that fencing and finish off those pesky cats it seems. We really don’t want that or her jumping the five barred gate at the entrance to our driveway because it protects us all from a quite busy road (brickwork lorries and cyclists largely) and the cats’ garden is unfenced and she could then easily get into the ‘enemy’ enclosure. So we are now seriously considering putting in a second inner gate and fence because Dinah is a good jumper, she jumps stiles very easily when out on walks. So far she hasn’t tried to jump the gate but we now keep her on a lead whenever on the driveway because I think she only has to see one of those cats walking by. . . It is a pain because she so loves her garden but hopefully all will eventually settle down and the cats learn to keep away but I fear we will have to put in that fence and new gate, just when I thought we could at last afford a bit of redecorating. . .

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Amanda I'm afraid this will not help your cat problem but thought you might enjoy it anyway!
We have a big cat problem round here due to one person letting her cats breed indiscriminately (big word for a Friday). My dear old departed boy would bark as soon as he saw a cat and the little 'dears' would strut passed the gate with tails up and a smirk on their faces, they would even come through the garden if the door was shut. Then one day whilst getting Zeta out of the car I didn't notice a smirking cat just up the road but he did!! He was out of the car and chasing the cat before I could utter a word. The look on the cats face was a picture until it realised the peril it was in, it shot up the road with Zeta in hot pursuit (don't panic we live on very quiet back road). With Zeta gaining rapidly and with me miles behind it leapt over a fence luckily leaving Zeta on this side. He was now the one smirking as he sauntered back to HIS home. Needless to say they all kept away for a few months and I was far more vigilant when I got him out the car!
Now I have Jet and luckily we seem to have only the odd cat, long may it last

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well done Zeta! I would be sorry for cats but we used to have one (see, I do like them) who had a running one upmanship battle with our Pug, which was eventually totally won by the cat because a dog biscuit fell onto the floor in front of both dog and cat. Cino, our Pug, leapt forward to seize it but Tommy the cat was quicker and put out one claws extended front paw onto the biscuit. Poor Pug skidded to a halt and sat there panting and staring. Tommy then very slowly and deliberately drew the biscuit towards himself and proceeded to eat it very slowly indeed right in front of poor Cino. I'd just like to reach a happy equilibrium here, with the emphasis upon happy. At present actually the cats seem to have decided to keep out of our garden. Long may it continue! Seriously, dogs spotting cats out of car windows and then leaping out is quite a classic, isn't it? I once took Dinah in the car while I, as it happened, went to feed a friend's cats. She was sitting on the back seat and I only had to open the driver's door for Dinah to leap out like greased lightning and sprint up the road. She wasn't after the cats I was feeding but, it turned out, another cat who she had been fixing her beady eyes on all the time that I was away feeding the others. Give her an inch and Dinah will chase. . . Currently for a whole load of reasons I haven't taken her to her training classes for ages and she is definitely beginning to revert to her wild tearaway youthful days. On a recent walk we encountered two deer, one fox, just trotting up the path ahead of her, and a baby bunny, oh and two squirrels who ran right in front of her. She was on a lead throughout but I wouldn't describe this as one of our most controlled walks! But also - she asks me to add - she was a star Briard today. Two of our hens had escaped and appeared on our top lawn, where they absolutely are not allowed, and Dinah found them before us. AND DID NOT CHASE!! Indeed she was very helpful in rounding them up - though I still don't trust her off a lead for something quite so exciting!! Amanda

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

<a href='https://postimages.org/' target='_blank'><img src='https://s26.postimg.cc/vwgyjtyp5/Dinah_counting.jpg' border='0' alt='Dinah_counting'/></a>

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Aaaargh! I can't you see manage to post an image any more. Prob a relief to all given my photographic skills and anyway people will hopefully be posting really interesting photos from the Fun Weekend which sadly I couldn't go to because I had to work today. I was trying to post a pic of Dinah just looking at the hens, sitting very close, rather than trying to eat them. However I find it easier to teach her not to eat than to upload a pic on this site! Amanda

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