Yesterday was a bad dog day for us. We went horseback riding at a nearby park. Two idiots were out with their two idiot dogs (labs). They went after my husband's horse. The were right underneath him barking, growling and trying to bite his legs. Thankfully, the horse is extremely level headed, and he didn't bolt or rear up. The guy that owned the dog was watching this and actually said, "It's OK. They won't really bite." My husband told him it wasn't Ok and gave him a few other choice words. The people only made an effort to get the dogs when my DH told the horse to kick the dogs. Well then, the dogs owners were all upset and tried to get the dogs. They were actually mad that DH told the horse to kick them (the horse didn't actually kick them). They couldn't believe that somebody would actually want a horse to kick their precious babies just because they are trying to bite his legs. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. When we got home we let the chickens out. I took my dog for a walk, and DH was home in the yard with the chickens. And a lab come in the yard and started after them. DH yelled for him to "leave it." The dog obeyed and let DH get hold of him. Since the dog looked well cared for, elderly, didn't actually kill a chicken and apparently had some training, DH didn't shoot it. I went on a quest to find the owner. A half hour later a farmer came in his pickup. The dog belongs to his grown son and is kept in the house and in a kennel, but the kennel must not have been secured properly. He apologized profusely and promised to get after his son and grandkids about the matter. He also said that if chickens had actually been attacked he would have understood if it were shot or turned over to the sheriff. He has livestock too and understands stray dog issues. I truly believe the dog won't be back. I know dogs get loose sometimes. Yesterday I met bad owners that let their dogs loose on purpose and a good one that had one get out by accident. Thankfully, no people, horses or chickens were injured.