Skip to comments.Idaho ranchers frustrated with people taking their working dogs to shelters
Posted on 09/09/2020 11:44:58 AM PDT by Twotone
FAIRFIELD, Idaho Great Pyrenees dogs that are working to protect flocks of sheep in the southern Idaho wilderness keep getting rescued by people who think the dogs are lost.
Flat Top sheep rancher Cory Peavey is frustrated because he is spending a lot of time picking up his expensive dogs that he uses to protect his herd from shelters or peoples homes.
There are many sheep ranchers in Idaho, and many use Great Pyrenees dogs, something that might look out of the ordinary in the woods to someone camping.
Peavy understands that it might be strange to see a dog in these areas, but he says they are usually just farther from the flock than usual.
It may just be in the process of catching up with the herd and it will probably find its way, its not its first rodeo. These dogs see years of the same route, doing the same thing, Peavy told KTVB.
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I’m surprised any of these livestock trained guard dogs allow strangers to “rescue” them.
Can they wear collars that say, don’t rescue me, I am doing my job?
Leave them to do their job. If you take them you can be charged with felony theft. When I said expensive I was not kidding.
If they are not a livestock guardian dog then touching them can be really dangerous.
Leave them alone.
Do people really need to be told this?
Nice to know that people love dogs so much.
But a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.
Maybe a collar with “This dog is working. Please do not interfere.” and chip might help?
That would be too obvious...sheesh. LOL
I am blaming ex-Californians. New residents to Idaho from California see a dog off-leash in the sticks and it “must” be lost. It may not be Californians, but I am blaming them either way.
Exactly. I had a Great Pyrenees. Best dog I ever had. One man dog. In our case he was a one family dog. He would take down any animal that came near us on our walks. Hope dogs go to heaven. I’d like to thank him for his unwavering loyalty.
Yes, ex-Californians newly moved to Idaho would need to be told this. Fer sure. Or “fur” sure, I should say.
At least nobody will mistake our 20 pound Goldendoodle for a “working dog.” He might lick you to death, though. He’d happily jump into anybody’s arms who said “Nice doggie.”
It’s as bad as “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. Can’t just leave well enough alone.
> Can they wear collars that say, dont rescue me, I am doing my job?
My exact thoughts also.
It used to be Basques who did a lot of the shepherding in Idaho/Wyoming. Lived out of what looked like a gypsy wagon. There also used to still be echos of the cattleman/sheepman feud.
Yes, do-gooder idiots pick up dogs in rural areas and cart them off to turn in somewhere many miles away. Usually the dogs aren’t lost — they are wandering free fairly near their homes. If the dog is injured, maybe that is reasonable. But I suspect that the city-dwelling do-gooders can’t conceive that dogs can actually roam free. Next thing you know, people will be allowed to leave their homes and go to restaurants without permission.
Collars with owner’s phone number would solve this problem. No sympathy for the rancher unless he will make a small effort to help himself. Dogs do slip collars, but something would work.
At a rural shelter I work with, we have a recurring problem with out-of-area do-gooders who remove dogs from areas with hiking trails, and bring them to us 20 miles away. The dogs were probably half a mile from home, but we have no idea where that might be.
Rangers came in and cleared the property and told her to not feed the bears. She resumed feeding the bears and again hadda call the authorities.
This time she got arrested and the judge made her move. She was too stupid to live there.
But, she's about par for the kali IQ.
Looks like she's rescuing sheep dogs.
Lol, Californians were the first to come to my mind when I read this. (Not the good kind of Californians, like Victor Davis Hanson, and company)
Leave the dogs alone. It’s the bobcats that need rescuing.
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