Sorry for the gripe.
I’m sleepy. Missed a lot of sleep last night when we woke up at 4am to a monotonous barking in our backyard. We live on a small acreage, not near enough to neighbors to usually be bothered by neighbor dogs, and our own dogs were in for the night. Especially with frozen precipitation and a wind chill to 9°F, we couldn’t imagine what the animal was doing, then we remembered we’d set a coyote-sized live trap earlier in the week after something came on the property and spree-killed 5 of our chickens and ducks. Hubby feared maybe we’d caught the culprit, and sure enough, there was our neighbor’s Labrador Retriever in the live trap. We’d caught footage on our wildlife cam of this dog on the property along with a husky that doesn’t belong to the neighbor on the day that the birds were killed, though only the husky was seen with a bird in it’s mouth. Anyway, we’d told the neighbor about it and he’d apologized, and he didn’t know who the husky belonged to, either. Hubby went out and freed the dog and he ran straight home, and we called the neighbor later in the morning to let him know the dog is still coming on our property. Neither of us was able to get back to sleep.
Anyway, with the weather and roads worsening, I closed early this afternoon and was looking forward to a nice little nap. When I got home, what should I hear but more monotonous barking in the backyard. Looked out the window, and there was the same knuckleheaded Labrador back in the live trap for a second incarceration of his own making. I know I’m playing the helpless female a bit here, but I don’t really want to tramp out there in the blowing snow and struggle with opening up the live trap, which has some foreign mechanism that Hubby says is “Tricky”… called the neighbor and he said he’d come and free his birdbrained dog. Still waiting… guess he’s in no major hurry.
So much for the nap. Sigh.