Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Guard Dogs at work!

As you can see from the photos, the four of us take our guard dog duties very seriously.  We are sitting at the front door, prepared to tear an intruder to bits.  If the intruder remains outside, we will bark loudly to warn our household and to scare off the intruder.    Above, Nala on the left, Bella, Stella and I am on the right.   We are prepared to attack at a moments notice.  Enter at your own risk!

We have had coyote visitors almost every night for the last week.  With the warm daytime weather and the moderate night temperatures, the coyote traffic has been heavy in the park behind the house.   We have been waking everyone up with our barking several times per night.   The dog door has been closed to keep us from going out and challenging the coyotes, but we still hear them and as the good watch dogs that we are, we let everyone know they are there.     The chauffeur says he would prefer, at night,  if we would just tweet him when the coyotes go by, but we don't think that is enough notice for such an event. 
Above, Stella takes a quick nap while the rest of us keep watch.  Last night Nala did not participate in the barking at the front and back doors, she slept through it all.   The night before we barked upstairs by the bedroom window where she could hear it and she joined in.  Nala has a deep, hoarse bark that is distinctive, but she has a hard time seeing what we see.   On Saturday night the coyotes were very active in the next street, it sounded like they had something (a raccoon?) cornered and were having a wild fight.  We did have a neighborhood raccoon and we have not seen him for a few days.

We want to ask you if you think that Tweeting about coyotes is enough of a warning.   The chauffeur says that at night, with the dog door closed, it is enough warning.   If the dog door is open, then barking is permitted so he can remember to count dogs and cats, then close the dog door.   We don't agree, we think that our protection contract requires us to warn of any approaching danger by barking and coyotes certainly are an approaching danger. 

Our chauffeur has finished at Buckley AFB.  Our chauffeur's plan to go to Fort Carson for a week to meet all the children and families has been cancelled.   Someone in Colorado Springs is going to cover for him so he does not have to drive in the snow.   He will be doing a few hospital and charity appearances in the area so that he does not have to face icy roads and snowy days.  Yes, I said snow.   The weather on TV says that the front range of the Rockies is going to get snowed on tonight.    Our home is ready for the snow storm, the chauffeur spent yesterday outside cleaning up the yard so that we start the season with a clean yard.    Apparently after our cousins visited and we had seven Goldens in the yard, it took a lot of cleaning. 

So what do you think?  Should we limit our warnings to Tweeting?   If so, what is Tweeting and can it replace barking? 

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. I would remind the chauffeur that tweeting is a little tough when you don't have thumbs... Besides, if he wants you to tweet, he should get you a smart phone... We like the barking thing MUCH better - so much more direct and to the point. I'm just saying...

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  2. We too do not think this "tweeting" things would work well. We bark to let our DOHs know of anything or anyone that comes around and as the old saying goes...if it ain't broke don't fix it!
    Bones and treats to ya,
    Bronson and Pepper

  3. Tweeting does not work in the case of Coyote's breaching you home front.
    What if the Tweet doesn't come through??? And those Coyote's are pretty sneaky, what if they have Twitter jamming equipment????
    Stay with the Bark, it has worked as a warning for thousands of years.
    We can see the determination in your eyes, that nothing will be able to penetrate your perimeter.

  4. Tweeting wouldn't work as well, especially without thumbs. How about a siren? Each of you could sound the siren one time. Otherwise, I think barking will have to be the default.

  5. Somehow I doubt you would tear anyone to bits!


  6. My feelings are if the doggy door is closed up and you can't get out, elect one of you to do a quiet woof, then you can all roll over and go back to sleep. No sense in having a bark fest if you can't do anything about it, and you certainly don't want to take on a herd of coyotes, do you? I mean you have to stay in good shape to be reindogs, right?


  7. Stand guard!!! Mom & Dad told me a story... years ago they had 2 dogs and neither of them barked when the gas bar-b-que was being stolen. I think it was coyotes...

  8. I think the only way our crew is ever going to hurt an intruder is if they accidentally fall over one of our pups....

    But good work on letting chauffeur know about the coyotes!! If tweeting isn't an option, I would post it on facebook or maybe just send a text....

  9. We came up with a much better idea to let the chauffeur know about the coyotes. Send a message on the cell, it will go to voicemail and the chauffeur can check on it the next morning.

    If we ever have coyotes in our neighborhood mommie probably has to wake us up to tell us.

    Keep up the good work. You sure look like a ferocious bunch of Goldens that can defend the home front.

    Earnhardt, Lady(senior), Sandy Paws and Oliver.

  10. Perhaps woo need to multitask -

    Some bark whilst some tweet -

    I also think The Nice Kim Lady's FB post is good too!


  11. Hi Y'all,

    I only bark if breaching the home-front is imminent. In other words, if a bobcat, bear, or some other beast or human is actually on the porch. Otherwise, a low throaty growl is enough to warn the stranger off.

    The Chauffeur is incorrect...tweeting will let him know too late of imminent danger.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  12. You are all great watchdogs - so whatever method works to scare off the coyotes - do it.

    Nadine & Neeli
    Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

  13. Happy days with golden, Louisette from Belgium