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Great caesar's ghost! I was about to head off to bed. I had grand plans of watching unlimited youtube dog videos. Spring allergies are annoying me & tomorrow will be better. But my husband called. He's up at the local poolhall & it's really busy, lots of players (some of them big time players) & he's enjoying himself. So I know he won't be in for several hours. I'd told him I'd let him shut the chickens in for the night but since he's going to be so late, I thought it best that I go shut them up. My Giant Schnauzer has been naughty the last few days so I put her, my Collie, 2 Chihuahuas in the back yard while I went out front & took Mr. Layne with me to check on the birds & lock them down. Our NORMAL routine is as follows: he knows it's chicken time & he races with his Poodle ears flopping in the wind & normally goes on a pointing spree "Mom...Mom... birds... the squeaky birds are in THERE" & he points at the nest boxes. Say, "yes, chickens". I closed their exterior gate. I check the yard with a flashlight in case someone's being stubborn (we have all of 9 hens & they're a mite spoiled). I lower the chicken door. Then open & do a birdie head count... 9... "goodnight girls" & then I check for any last minute eggs. Tonight was not going to be normal.

I think the critter was doing his late prowling for some easy food & he scented chicken. Mr. Layne however has been working the woods all night periodically yelling his head off. This can mean deer, it can mean possum, it can mean *****... oh the ***** make him so aggravated. But we never encounter anything when we bed down the chickens. Tonight Mr. Layne lowered his head & his forward movement was slow but before I could tell him to 'wait' he launched. The fight was on & I started to grab the shovel until my flashlight revealed that Mr. Layne was in battle for with a pretty good sized bobcat. Good grief, I ran to the bark yard, grabbed the Giant & half way there I sent her with the command to 'take 'em'. She slammed her 83 pounds of mad Schnauzer muscle into the mess & knocked the cat back but there was no hesitation as both dogs were back on him & I went for the shovel. You gotta be careful as you could clock a dog in this ruckus, so I was waiting my opportunity & being close enough to get a whack in if opportunity arose. The cat screamed & both dogs bounced sideways in unison & the cat, not being a fool, ran for his life. I dropped the shovel & grabbed my dogs. (I am currently VERY thankful for collars... oh yes, collars are wonderful) because the Giant wanted to go after the cat & the Poodle... well the Poodle just beat anything I've ever seen. He stood beside me, making this low growl sound & looked up at me, licking my arm like, "it's okay Mom." The dogs escorted me to the house & yes, I exploited their concern to get me to the house rather than go after the cat. These two bruisers represent a lot of power at one time if they should launch at the same time. I got them into the house. While I inspected the Giant first, Mr. Layne slurped my cheek, trotted off to his crate & went inside & lay down... like he does combat with a bobcat every night... my heart's pounding like I ran a marathon. I checked him. He's cool as can be. Even the Giant's showing that she put forth physical exertion & Mr. Layne looks like he just went for a little romp. I do not find any injuries on the dogs. The cat was not moving so good when he ran off so I'd say they hurt him at least enough to make him flee.

Anyone ever tells me a Poodle is a foo foo whimpy dog has never lived with one. I expect this out of a Giant or a Malinois. I did not expect Mr. Kungfu Poodle to be a slayer of bobcats. He's the Joe Cool of working dogs. Wow! And the dogs do combat, recover & are sleeping & I'm full of adrenaline & wound up... Poodles... NOT for sissies.
 

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The favorite of all my springer spaniels was Pinky - she treed a bobcat. Think Mr Layne was picking up the ghost of Pinky. Kinda scary tho,I must admit
 

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Thank goodness none of you were hurt. I'm almost sorry for the bobcat.
 
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Asta's mom,, I love English Springer Spaniels. I always wanted one but never had the opportunity. It's unsettling but he did his job & I'll be checking again tomorrow for any injuries but thus far he seems OK. Whew

Rose n poos, I'm with you. I love big cats & I hope he heals up fast and always remembers out place as no place to hunt chickens.
 

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Wow, what an incredible experience! You had great presence of mind to launch your schnauzer into the mix. I’m glad the outcome was positive—it was scary just reading about it!
 

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Wow Mr. Layne. Glad you had your Giant to back him up! Very glad the chickens were unharmed, the dogs were unharmed, and everyone (even the Bobcat) managed to walk away. Poor cat did NOT get the easy meal he was hoping for.
 

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Wow, that’s quite the story ! Both your dogs are incredible. I’m happy no one war harmed. Good boy Mr Layne !
 

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Yikes 😱. Glad everything worked out well for all.
 
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What a story! You've got quite tag team between Mr. Layne and the Giant. I hope they're both well today.
 

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Wow! That's quite a tag team. Bobcat hopefully learned its lesson for good, though I'm sure the lure of fresh poultry is strong. I'm glad you're ok and hope both of the dogs are well this morning. They both deserve large meaty marrow bones for that encounter!
 

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Years ago I had a friend who trained dogs in Schutzhund (a German training for guard dogs trained to be sensible and responsive to their handlers). I had always had German shepherds, but had decided to buy a standard poodle. I told him about the poodle and he said that poodles were awesome protection dogs but that trainers disliked them because instead of grabbing the padded arm, they would go around behind the "bad man" and bite him in the butt! Such clever dogs!
 

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Well, this today I still find no marks on Mr. Layne. He has one little spot that is a little warm but I find no scratch or puncture & I believe it clipped his ear leather too but his ears are black & I'm not finding any sores or holes. He was more annoyed at the cleaning than anything. The Giant had some blood on her back in a scratch like motion but I'm not convinced the blood is hers because I went over her with a comb & carefully checked the skin & I don't find but one scratch that is not bloody. She does have one puncture but it does not appear deep. She is very stoic about the cleaning & sort of stands there looking about like, "yes, I am an awesome warrior..." Mr. Layne is a little puffed up & pleased with himself. Both dogs have ever so slight tinge of blood around the gum lines which indicates that they fought with their teeth. Our guardian angels are quite busy some times.

I've trained a long time & it's why I can think through a mess like that. I've trained others for a lot of years & trying to get people out of the emergency mind where thinking is a problem is difficult. Doesn't hurt that I've lived on the farm most of my life & you gotta think & move. I'm guessing this is why my Giant's been in trouble this week. The bobcat is probably lurking. I don't know for certain but something about the encounter makes me think this was a younger cat. I think if it was an older one with more battle savvy I'd had more to clean up.

Joanna the dogs your friend describe are my kind of dogs. It's also why I will always be drawn to dogs who stand the line between evil & their humans. For these dogs the rules of engagement are very simple: do whatever is necessary to protect the human. Dogs like that are clever but they require handlers who understand them
 

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Well, poodles guarded the kings of France. Now they guard the Queens of the Chickens. Maybe Mr. Schnauzer needs to do more patrol work, though I can't imagine that particular bobcat coming back.
 

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Thank goodness we don’t have bobcats, bears or wolves. Just Coyotes... That was a scary bedtime story. I was on edge worrying about your safety, Mr. Layne’s and your Giant Schnauzer. So true, to plan/train for attacks or emergencies because they happen in an instant.
 

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Annie says Mr. Layne is very brave to fight off a big cat. Today my dad's cranky old cat, who she had known since puppyhood and lived with us for a few months, hissed as Annie walked past. Annie ran to me and attempted to leap into my arms. i picked her up, then put her down quickly since 55 lbs is not an insignificant weight. She asked to be picked up again as she was still scared because the cat was still there!

I have had dogs who would attempt to protect me from a bear or a bobcat- Even that cranky old cat ran off a bear- Annie is not one of them.
 
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