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Old 07-13-2009, 03:14 PM
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We went for a nice walk this morning. The Chi Wees love their outside time. I had my back yard fenced in last year so they'd be able to run around off leash and play. As of the last few months there has been Hawks swarming over my house. Recently they have started sitting in the trees just waiting. Yesterday morning we had a major scare as one actually tried to dive in. He was just a few feet over my head. When I take them out, I always bring a family member with me in case we have to grab them up fast, and we walk right beside them as they roam the back yard. Thank goodness I have been doing that, because yesterday I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw that Hawk that close to us. We grabbed them up in our arms and ran inside. So we'll be taking leashed walks until I can figure out how to get rid of the Hawks.

Please excuse Chance's Princess Crown harness. His chest has increased in size since his neutering, so his others are tight on him. They have velcro to adjust, but I feel safer when they are closed with the full length of the velcro. So until his new Puppia comes in that I ordered over the weekend, he'll be a Princess.

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Great outdoor shots! Do you worry about the cactus? Brody would be a goober and go stick his nose in one, I just know it.

Scary about the hawks!!

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Great outdoor shots! Do you worry about the cactus? Brody would be a goober and go stick his nose in one, I just know it.

Scary about the hawks!!

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Thank you Tracy! Nah, they don't try to mess with the Cactus. They are to busy trying to get to the next mail box, or patch of grass so they can pee on it.

The Hawks are scaring me to death! And after yesterday, I'm not taking them back out there off leash until those things go away. And poor Jade can't wear a harness yet, so she is stuck inside.

Here is the smaller Hawk sitting in a tree just outside my fence line. It's a dead tree and needs to be cut down. I guess they like it because it is easy to see from.





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OMG T, same thing over here. I had a hawk get so close to me two days ago that I started to actually shake. You know, I lost a cat to a hawk a couple of summers ago and have been so scared ever since then. I won't go out with them either without the girls or Andrew. It's too scary. The skies can be totally clear and as soon as I get out with them, they come around.

Your pictures are awesome. They look like they are having such a great time. Poor Jade. Her time will come.
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can you cut the tree down? is it in someone else's yard, or yours? or no one's? If it is in someone else's yard i would simply point out to them that it is a hazard for lightning strikes and dead wood burns hot and quick...that might get their attention...if it is yours, cut it down...if it is no one's....cut or push/pull it down on the sly.....it won't hurt anyone for a dead tree to be removed and the hawks won't have as many perches to watch your babies from. and it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission sometimes.
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Teresa...Great pics of the outdoor!!...LOL that Chance is wearing princess harness.......
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They're all so pretty. I just adore little Gia and her beautiful face and coat.

I feel you on the hawk situation. We had a bad scare a few years ago with Poppet and Boo. They were standing right next to my neighbor as he worked on his car, and two hawks circled as low as human height right on top of them. I screamed my head off and came running. I honest-to-God would have never thought of dogs being hawk prey prior to this incident. In fact, my vet didn't believe me when I told him. It wasn't until a lady with a similar story came in with her pom to get the puncture marks treated (hers was actually taken into the air a bit before the hawk dropped it) that he apologized and believed me. What's worse is that they were willing to take the plunge right there was a human not more than four feet away. Scary.

Luckily for me, the area I live in has little to no trees, so spotting one is fairly easy and they can't lie in wait. Still...there's a danger of it, especially with my smaller ones. Gosh, Tilly could actually be stalked and killed by a regular ole cat, she's so dainty and small. I can't imagine having four little, little ones to oversee and protect.

Try looking for hawk deterrents. I've been browsing the chicken boards (who have the most run-ins with hawks) and they've mentioned some interesting, safe, and legal methods to deter these winged harbingers of death. Bird bombs, statues of a great horned owl (preferrably one with glittering eyes that give the impression it's alive and there's movement coming from it), calling in state falconers to relocate, and temporarily placing carpeting with nails driven through to the underside of limbs to prevent landings are some of the ideas being bandied about.
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lovely shots! chance is such a cutie!!
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