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Kira - Saved us from a Mountian
Lion Encounter....or worse
we climb the mountain behind our house and pick Raspberries. They are wild
Montana raspberries and the best you will every find! So we go pick some
just for the fun of it. Several years ago I was up on the hill picking
berries with some friends. Kira was of course with me - she goes everywhere
I go, and she minds her business and doesn't bother me. When picking berries
she will usually find a shady place close by. This day she was doing her
thing and all of a sudden came up to me and whined, I said go on go lay
down, she didn't at first - she just stood there looking at me. So I said
again - go lay down. She walked a few steps away and came back and whined
and pushed into me, I said "What's the matter" (as if I could
expect an answer!), she insistently whined and kept pushing into me. I
KNEW something was wrong - she has never ever done this, I got pretty scared
actually and told everyone we had to go back to the house now. There was
no arguing! Kira always walks ahead of me, always. But this day she stayed
10-20 feet behind everyone and would stop ever so often and look back......talk
about SCARY! I wanted to grow wings and fly home! There are bears and mountain
lions up here -- and Kira definitely said there was something behind us
and she didn't like it at all. She stayed behind us and continued to stop
and look back ever so often till we got back home.
day my dad and I rode horses up the hill to take a look around - and sure
enough there were Mountain Lion prints on the trail there. Kira knew. She
probably saved our lives!
Everyone at Omega Shepherds !
The following is last week story
- about Kira. ---
-----Kira --- where
do I start to tell you about Kira. There is so much to say, she is truly
one of those very special "dogs" (don't tell her I said dog).
Kira is very intelligent and always helping out around the ranch. She is
our foundation female - she is the mother, grandmother or great grandmother
to almost all of our breeding females though she has been retired from
having pups for many years now. She is 12 years old but still keeps very
busy and active. She is in excellent physical condition and climbs up and
down hills every day with me, and during the summer she goes along on long
trail rides. One day this summer I was riding Chip out in one of our meadows
and Kira was along with me, all of a sudden a coyote pops up from behind
the trees and trots across the field right in front of us! It's a "residential
coyote" - it lives around here. We hardly ever see it but every winter
we see it's tracks going up and down the road. Anyway, I got really worried
when it ran in front of us and told Kira to stay - because coyotes will
coax a dog off and kill them. Luckily Kira is very smart and stayed right
next to Chip and the coyote just left.
to carry things - she has always had stuffed animals that are hers, and
gets very excited whenever she gets a new one. But she is also very helpful
- there is a steep hill between the house and arena and we often forget
to take something down with us. So we call up on the intercom that goes
between the house and arena and tell someone at the house what we need
- then send Kira up to the house and she grabs whatever it is that us "forgetful
humans" forgot and gleefully runs back down to the arena. She also
carries tools for me, wood - like 2/2's when we are building something,
and her latest thing is she likes to help unload the vehicle when we come
home from town! So she helps carry the groceries in!
----She is very
"protective" of anything that is mine. When Scarlett the Bobcat
was growing up she would not let any other dogs close to Scarlett. She
would get between her and the other dog and block their way. Kira still
does it, though I don't think it is Scarlett that needs protection now!
Kira thinks she is doing her job. She also will only let a few "select"
dogs into my room unless I tell her it's ok. She has strong ideas of what
is right and wrong - and whatever she thinks I want is right and will try
her best to make sure all the other dogs stay in line!
----One of the
funniest things about her is she has always hated vacuum cleaners, she
has always barked at them whenever we get it out. For awhile she used to
bark when we even opened the closet door where the vacuum is stored ! I
don't know WHY she does this - it's just her thing I guess.
----Kira is so
intelligent and also has a "6th sense". Last summer we had 3
yearlings (horses) in a pen behind the arena and close to the woods. It
was a hot summer afternoon and I was in the house - downstairs. Kira came
up to me and started whining, then she ran to the door and ran back to
me, whined some more and ran back to the door. I figured she had to go
to the bathroom so I pokily made my way to the door. Kira did not have
to go to the bathroom. I opened the door and saw there was a bear lumbering
around by the yearlings pen and they were freaking out. Before, I could
even call anyone they had broken through several gates and were getting
out of there -as soon as the bear saw us running down it took off of course
- they are afraid of people. None of the horses got seriously hurt -- a
few scratches here and there and lots of fence to fix...... but Kira knew
and she told me - I imagine she was pretty upset with me for being so slow
to go look!
have to read next weeks adventure to hear about Kira saving us from a Mountain
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
Almost had her trained to do my home work!
Baby sitting my persian kittens !
Kira holding my horse !
Looks like the bobcat kitten finally wore poor
Note: Scarlett the bocat is in my left hand -
Scarlett is only 5 weeks old here
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