I've been tired lately. Really tired.... I think it is just because there is so much to do and I am continuing to try to can at least one if not two canners full of produce daily along with all my other chores. Never the less the reason doesn't matter, when my head hits the pillow I am fast asleep. Which is why when I heard barking at 4:40 am it took me some time to register what was going on. At first I thought it was part of a dream then when I realized there was a dog barking right outside our door my sleep fog started to lift. Picture me sitting up wide eyed in bed and saying, "Dog? Dog? We don't have a dog!" "There's a dog barking at the goat!"
Mountain Man who had been snoring so loudly it is a wonder I heard the dog was instantly awake. (How does he do that?) He jumped out of bed and dashed outside waving the shotgun. Some of you may think this was a bit of an over reaction but remember where we live. We don't own a dog and our lovely Daisy (aka Nasty) is not locked in the barn at night due to her inability to stay in a fence or get along with other goats.
The barking continued and then there was a loud BOOM! Which probably could have been heard miles away. Silence. Lovely silence. Mountain Man came back to bed and promptly fell back asleep muttering, "How can a man get any sleep around here when you send him out to fight zombies?" ZZZZZ. The snoring began and I lay awake until the alarm rang laughing to myself. I sure hope the neighbors dog received enough of a scare that he won't be back again.
I've always found it very frustrating that their dogs wander at will all night long but there is nothing I can do about it. I've talked to them a few times but they just laugh it off as if it isn't a big deal. Thankfully all the other livestock is locked up at night but if they ever get so brazen as to come during the day and attack or kill some of my animals it won't be just a warning shot that is fired.
Daisy seems none the worse for the experience however and is her usual Baaaing self.