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Old 07-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #11
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My neighbors used an invisible fence for their 2 big dogs, one always escaped, then was afraid to go back, so she spent a lot of time over here. Neighbor also spent an awful lot of time repairing said fence, we have underground critters who would chew through it.

My beagle I do not trust outside on her own. Plus, she melts in the heat.

Other neighbors do have several free-roaming cats, though I have not seen them lately. Maybe the deer got them!

Our deer are totally fearless. We had a herd in the yard, and one walked up the back steps to look through the glass door.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #12
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Except between themselves most all our critters are normally quite docile. Wish my neighbors cat was more into chipmunks than cottontails. Perhaps your beagle would benefit from the company of a Jack Russell.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:48 PM   #13
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We used to doggy-sit a Jack Russel. Him I would definitely trust to rid the gardens of any critters. Sadly, he is gone. We do have an Australian shepherd and a dachhund next door, along with an elderly mutt on the other side, all of which are free-roaming, but they are totally useless.

Beagle would love to do rabbit duty, but I'm afraid that's how she ended up at the pound where we got her. Entirely focused.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:02 PM   #14
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...Other neighbors do have several free-roaming cats, though I have not seen them lately. Maybe the deer got them!
Yikes! Cat eating Deer!
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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We lost 2 bushes worth of blueberries and all the raspberries and black berries to birds, and an entire tree of peaches to squirrels in 24 hours!!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
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We lost 2 bushes worth of blueberries and all the raspberries and black berries to birds, and an entire tree of peaches to squirrels in 24 hours!!!
Aha! A conspiracy!

Just when you start to anticipate all the lovely jams, tarts, and other things, they are gone. Love all the critters, but it would sure be nice if they would share.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:50 PM   #17
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until i put up a 6 foot privacy fence, my raspberries would disappear whenever the turkish neighbor kids were around, no matter how many times i told them to please only eat the ones that they could reach from their side of the old 3 foot picket fence.

i used to catch them leaning over the fench with a rake to bend the canes back towards them, then snapping off whole cane tops trying to reach more berries.

they also used to show up at the old fence whenever we swam in our pool, bathing suits on and towels ready, all with long faces.
at first i didn't mind, but after a whole summer of free babysitting (their moms never came out to help watch the kids in the pool, even sending over a 4 year old with obvious mental difficulties - who also doesn't speak english with the group of kids for us to watch in our pool), we put up the privacy fence.

god, i love that thing.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #18
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Critters of a different type! So hard to be tolerant!

We have youngsters show up at our pool too, with long faces, as their parents neglected to pay the rec association dues and were not issued a pool key. Said they "lost their key.". I think they finally got caught up.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #19
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I just found big holes CHEWED through my bird netting! So now I am suspecting ground squirrels, voles, catbirds, and possibly coons. Anyone residing in my yard is a suspect, and is put on notice!
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<<spitting bits of mesh>>


noted.
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