I wasn’t sure I’d get another llama after losing Djali. I still miss that cranky guy, but this spring, I realized how much we needed a llama. I was hearing coyotes closer and closer to the farm and my barnyard.
One voice in particular began to stand out. Each night I’d lay in bed and hear the yipping. One voice didn’t really fit. It was more like a dog, but it wasn’t a dog that belonged around here. It was running with the coyotes. I began to wonder if it was a mix of coyote and domestic dog, commonly called a coydog. I was worried about a possibly less shy coyote with my animals, especially with kidding.
It was right about the time we were kidding that I lost a goose from the small pasture where my bucks are. That’s way too close for comfort.
Shortly after kidding, I woke up one night to Stella barking. Another dog was barking back, and I recognized it as the same dog that was running with the coyotes. It was here by itself. It’s bark is higher and sharper than most dogs. I dressed quickly, ran downstairs and into the yard. Under the moon, I could see Stella standing in the northeast corner of the yard, right against the fence. When I turned on my flashlight, I caught the flash of the other dog’s eyes just on the other side of the fence about fifteen feet away from her. It disappeared when my light hit it.
It was a couple of nights later that this scene repeated. It kept coming back. I was afraid that it would continue to grow bolder and actually come into the yard and attack Stella or come into the barnyard and attack the goats. That’s why I was is such a hurry to find a llama. The dog was back a time or two in that first week that Llenny was on the farm and locked in the greenhouse. My son even came to try and shoot it (long story). No luck.
Last Sunday, we moved Llenny north, close to where the dog was challenging Stella. I heard the dog the next night. But it was gone before I could even get out of bed. I haven’t heard it since, and the whole pack of coyotes have not been coming near as close. I just hear them in the distance.
That’s why I llove Llenny. I just hope they keep to the wild places instead of coming up to my barnyard and house.
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