For a long time they kept putting a choke chain collar on her, no tags. For a long time I kept removing it when she visited us, worried she would get herself stuck on something, assuming no cars or trucks hit her first. Shiloh now wears a purple nylon collar with a tag on it. At least a stranger can identify her after she's been hit. Everyone who lives on the mountain already knows her. Shiloh likes to chase my goats on occasion. Nick likes to chase Shiloh. The goats are usually safe once they scoot into the horse pasture although I doubt Shiloh would do anything other than chase them anyway.
Yesterday afternoon Gene got a call about a dog crying in the woods from one of our elderly neighbors. She could hear the cries but was unable to go trudging through the deep snows still left. Gene grabbed me, I grabbed treats, a leash, a large towel, a soft long piece of old T shirt to make a simple muzzle if needed and gloves. This is what we found.
Miss Shiloh, with her leg completely wrapped up in a fence wire. Thankfully it wasn't barbed wire. Just run of the mill smooth hard wire that no doubt after hours would have cut and injured just as insidiously, assuming an opportunistic predator didn't happen along before hand. . Shiloh is small, less than 30 pounds. I know, I picked her up and gave her a hug and kiss when it was all over. She returned the love. We know each other well. She was a good girl while I gently unwrapped her leg and freed it.
It was the top wire she got stuck on, then trying to free herself, it twisted around her leg a number of times, tighter and tighter. She got her treats. We didn't need the muzzle or the gloves even though it must have hurt.
It was with heavy hearts we drove her the mile back up to her house. No one was home, it was probably a good thing. There is a sad overhead cable and a dog house too far away to reach. I didn't have the heart to tie her up. Dogs on ties left alone just aren't a good idea. I have no problem with using them under supervision. The dog goes out, does his business, gets some fresh air and if there is trouble can be rescued. I've used a similar set up myself when I had only a couple and no fenced yard or pen. I have no problem with dogs being loose on their property, or even sneaking over to the neighbors to leave a present or two. Many dogs stay close to home, avoiding roads and cross country travel and it's fine. But I hate to see sweet little Shiloh, who has a wandering spirit, left to her own devices. She was peacefully waiting in the late afternoon sun, watchful eyes on the driveway for her owners when we left. She was very lucky someone heard her. One of these days her luck will run out. And it will all be so so stupid and avoidable.