I have Bianca (3year old jersey 1st lactation) in my backyard. She calved on leap year day. She raised hers and another until I weaned in late August. She has 2 foster heifers, Erin and Eden. In the back yard I have a 20 ft x 30ft kennel 6ft high. I have a German shepherd and an Aussie in there. They are very high energy grown pups ( year and year and half) I've been worried that they might escape and hurt the calves. They had never escaped until Tuesday. We were in the pasture behind the backyard and we heard odd sounding barking. Looked up and saw Foxie the GSD loose in the backyard. I ran to catch her to save the calves. But Bianca is a great mother. She was chasing the dog trying to stop and horn her. The dog was running away. The calves started doing what Bianca was doing. Poor Foxie was running for her life from the three cows. She was so happy to get back to the safety of her kennel. So Bianca taught Foxie never to chase cows. She taught her calves to be dog stompers and not victims. She taught me that even a cow can grow to love her adopted babies. It was a great farm school day. I should also let you know that Bianca had been severely mauled by a German shepherd wheb she was a month old. She was lucky to survive.
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Too bad you didn't get the chase on film!!! It would have been a classic!!! We have had three heifer calves in the pen for several weeks. Two of them ignore the dogs when they come in the pen; one quits her partners and chases the offender until it escapes under the gate. But it's more like a game than blood in her eye, trying to annihilate the dog!
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Good for her. I think I would relocate the dog pen where there is no other chance to escape again and be in with the cows ( if they are aggressive) .
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You were lucky all around. I'm not so sure Foxy won't give chase again. Some dogs are just hardwired to harass livestock. My daughter's border collie isn't much of a threat to cows but she can't fight her instincts. Ruby has been scolded and chased by a bull calf but she can't be trusted. Contrite for a day, giving into temptation the next. t's a hard problem to solve.
I can't move the dog pen. It is a corner of the yard. The house is one wall, garage one wall, the play/dog house is in the middle built on top of our storm shelter. The pen is 20ft x 30 ft. Dixie is very hyper but extremely subordinate.
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