Dogs are very loyal creatures. I have a small Rat Terrier that showed up at my door right after my mother passed away. She has been a wonderful dog and a constant companion to John David and me.
My daughter has 4 rescues and 3 of them either follow her to my house when she comes to visit, or they come when they see me drive by. These dogs were all left on the side of the road between our houses. One is from 5 puppies that were left on the side of the road. We fear the beloved “Buddy” was killed a few weeks ago.
The other night I was at my daughter’s house until very late. We had been watching movies and I didn’t want to leave before we finished the last one. Three of the dogs followed me home. I was not afraid as I entered the house. I knew they would risk their own lives protecting me…if it came to it. I lay down on the sofa and began to watch tv and fell sound asleep.
At 5:21 a.m., I woke up to the sound of coyotes howling on my porch (this is unusual behavior for coyotes) and the dogs were barking ferociously. Afraid for their safety, I ran to the front door and jerked it open and began yelling. The coyotes scattered. Those three loyal little dogs had sat and watched over me all night. I went to my refrigerator and found some of the yummy leftovers and gave them each their own little plate. It was still dark as they gobbled it up. When day broke, they went home.
I have never known Coyotes to be so aggressive. Has anyone else had a problem with this lately? Almost everyone in our area puts their garbage in large cans or wooden containers. We all know that it attracts wild animals, including coyotes. I’d be interested to hear back if you have found the Coyotes to be more aggressive than usual!
But I digress. We have only had good experiences with our strays. Heather’s dogs love her children. We have pictures of the boys playing with toys on them, one of the large dogs (Buddy’s brother) is a part-time inside dog. He even has clothes which the kids dress him in, lol. We have adopted all that we can handle for now, but during this season of giving, I would urge anyone looking for a new fur baby to consider giving a home to a stray. Ours are so sweet and grateful.