Our puppies are now 48 hours old and still alive. Concentrating on keeping them warm and nursing every 2 hours or so. So far so good but we know we are far from out danger yet. We take it one day at a time and pray. Lots of late night and early morning feedings going on here!
O Wise One got another doe today so that will give us two in the freezer! What a man : )
Walker Hunting Dog
Also I appreciate so much all the comments and condolences on the death of our dog Sadie and want to thank you all. I also need to clarify that in my original post I wrote that Sadie was bred by a coyote dog. I forget that everyone is not familiar with hunting in this area and the lingo. I do apologize! In the Midwest there are people (in my area especially) that have dogs specifically raised to hunt coon or coyote. The dog that bred Sadie was a breed known as a Walker (pictured above) and owned locally. These dogs are released in groups by their owner with radio tracking collars on with the specific intent to chase and kill coyotes. These dogs run the woods and private land hunting coyotes. Although I am not particularly fond of this practice dogs cannot read my posted property signs and no hunting signs therefore I cannot do anything about it. Coyotes are very heavy in our area and I am presuming they do help keep down the numbers otherwise I assume it would not be legal.
My husband prefers to set live traps and keep down the population on our own land that way. The dog that bred Sadie was not a coyote or coyote hybrid but rather a registered, collar wearing, coyote hunting animal. He just happened to come by our very isolated farm and get with Sadie who was kenneled for the night. He dug under the fence and bred her.
These hunters invest large amounts of money in these animals and the owner even went to the vet's office checking up on Sadie and has called several times checking on the pups. He has offered to pay the vet bill and even offered to take the pups. We declined. I remember reading in the local paper once where this same owner offered a $5,000.00 reward for information on who shot one of his dogs. I do not wish to vilify this man this is simply how he makes his living.
My husband and I do believe in hunting and my husband both hunts and traps our land. He collects pelts from the animals he traps and sells them. Some years he may make a few hundred dollars on the pelts and some years he makes practically nothing.
We simply do not agree with the use of dogs to kill other animals as a general rule. However we do know that many things are hunted with dogs at many locations throughout our country including wild hogs, raccoon, rabbit, coyote and fox.
That being said I simply wanted to clarify that these pups are not coyote dogs or hybrids. I simply did not make the situation understood very well. I am so sorry !
Thanks again for all the prayers and your kind words of condolence.
Blessings from The Holler
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