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    Angry When It All Goes Wrong.....

    Tomorrow and advert will appear in the local paper for our two girls, Xena (4) and Nala (3). Gold German Shepherds. Our beautiful, wonderful babies have to be found a new home.

    18 months ago we moved to a 3 acres house block to give the girls, and ourselves, some more room. They have had the run of 1.5 acres when we are out and 3 acres when we are in.

    On Tuesday they decided the sheep on the other side of the fence (which have been there for the whole 18months) were too interesting. They went through the electric hot wire, through the chicken mesh rural fence and in with the sheep. Resulting in one dead ram and one other injured. The Rural Crimes Squad and the Dog Squad were called (we were at work) and now we either re-home or they are classified Dangerous Dogs.

    They have NEVER done anything like this before, they have NEVER even gone into that paddock before. We have no idea what brought it on but as the humans, I feel it must be our fault. They are afterall, only dogs.

    I am over people's comments like, oh it could be a child next (????) and 'they were never right for this neighbourhood' (owner of dead ram) etc etc.

    We are as heartbroken and devestated as if the police had brought one our human children home. it sux big time!

    Thanks for listening.
    Kerrie

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    Hi Kerrie,

    I'm so sorry to hear that. I assume there is no doubt that it was really your dogs who have done that?

    I don't really know what 'classified as dangerous dog' means. What does it involve? Could you keep them in a smaller (more secure) yard near your house? Or perhaps even in a big kennel when you're not home? Is there a rehabilitation period for 'dangerous dogs' or is it a forever sentence?

    I kind of understand why the owner of the ram is upset (I'd be spewing too). Last yearwe had a few dogs in our neigbourhood chasing sheep and other livestock. The sight of a half eaten lamb isn't particularly pleasant. I think comments like 'you were never right in the neigbourhood' shows a mindset in your neighbours that you may want to think about though. ARE you right in that neigbourhood?

    I don't think you can ever be absolutely sure what your dog would and wouldn't do. Our dog has killed a chook and several little birds that bread in our garden. He has not a mean bone in his body but no fence I have put up has stopped him from robbing these little nests

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    Hi Kerrie, whilst I'm very sorry this has played out the way it has , you are extremely lucky the dogs wernt simply shot ( and farmer was totally entitled to).

    Can you not move to another area ?
    Contain dogs inside only outside on lead etc until you do move?
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    My brother's staffy, with the help of another local dog, killed a whole lot of a neighbour's chooks. Not happy.

    I keep my dog locked inside my house when I go out. I'd hate for her to get out and damage anything, or be damaged. Sheep can be very attractive. Hence most dogs on farms are confined on chains or in dog runs when they're not working.

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    Can you construct a big dog pen to keep them enclosed? We had to do this as my 3 blue heelers were packing and missing for hours and we have neighbours with sheep. I was so scared they would be shot.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Yes I know we are VERY lucky they werent shot. I had to type the post twice so I left that out the 2nd time.... and it was them, when they came home from the pound they stunk of sheep. I am mortified for the sheep and the owners. I am a country girl, I have seen this before and we are vey lucky he has not charged us. His requirements were; get rid of the dogs and pay for the ram. Not ahuge ask, just heartbreaking.

    We only moved 18months ago. We took top mortg to get the RIGHT property and moving is not an option. It simply costs too much and we searched for ages to get this 'right' one.

    We are 20km from a regional centre in a lovely valley. There are 2 culdesacs that have been subdivided out of farmland into 6 3acre blocks per culdesac. We are one of the 3 acre blocks. If we dont want to see or hear our neighbours we dont have to. We have room for our cars, boats and other gear. The Dogs had heaps of room to run and the kids to play. We are on a no through road off a no through road - PEACE.

    We did everything we could to the fences bar replacing them totally and that was on the cards when we recovered financially from the purchase. We hot wired the fences, built one new one and kept and eye on them. But like I said, the girls had NEVER gone there before so we had no warning of impending doom. The sheep have always been there!

    If my neighbourhood is not right for German shepherds where is? What kind of dogs should we have had?

    The Dangerous Dogs act in NSW means the dogs must be penned, muzzled, not allowed out in public etc etc. Special collars, big signs and HUGE fines if anything is not done properly. Not a life for a dog at all!

    Thank you for your thoughts.

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    We have no choices now guys. They have to go or it's Dangerous dogs.

    As they had not shown any signs of this kind of behaviour we did not think to chain up or build runs etc.

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    OK,think I'll PM you
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    It's always a risk if you leave a dog outside without secure fencing. I think mine could jump the gate if she really wanted (or strangle herself on it by her collar if I left it on), or a meter reader or other person could simply leave the gate open.

    I worry that she'd be hurt more than I worry she'd hurt something else but I can't be sure. Especially now she's maturing mentally - ie doing grown up dog things she didn't do when she was a puppy like telling off other dogs (and horses) for being rude. The ram may have said something rude to the dogs. Something else may have happened to trigger the dogs. It's nasty not knowing for sure. Maybe another dog got in there, started chasing the sheep and your dogs joined it. Or the sheep were panicked by something else and that got the dogs' attention. Anything.

    In rural areas - I do worry she'd be bitten by a snake or chase sheep and be shot. It's a risk.

    You can do sheep herding with German Shepherds. I don't know if you plan to try again but maybe if they were more familiar with sheep herding they'd not have done it. Though I have heard of working sheep dogs that were reliable - going bad. No idea why.

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    Euck I'm so sorry. What a horrible thing. Dogs are dogs, they chase things, and I'm sure they're not the first one to do so, just the first to be caught. We had a dobe x bullterrier who loved sheep chasing when we went camping. She would herd and 'play' but was ultimately too rough and disaster struck.

    Can anyone in your family take them? I can't imagine giving away one of mine to a stranger. What about a family friend or someone?

    Sounds like your neighbours are a little 'small town backward'. Not the right neighbourhood for you, pfft, what a load. This isn't your fault and it's not theirs, it was an accident. Roxie has no interest in my socks. I leave them around, in my shoes near the door, anywhere. If I came home and she'd chewed them I'd be mightily confused. There is no way I could have predicted it though. It's a shame we can't ask them

    Are you going to keep them to find a home, or give them to a shelter?

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