Well last night I got my intro done so today I'm going to vent. First of all, I live on a farm and I love animals as you can see by my signature, so I'm not being unrealistic! A neighbor(lets call him Sam)who lives a 1/4mile away has this Lab mix named Boo. Well Boo is a bad influence on my Lab Molly and meets up in the bushes and takes her places her Mommy doesn't want her to go. Seeing that Sam does business with my DH on occasion, I had the oppertunity 3 times over the course of this year to look him in the eye and say his dog is always on our place, on the road, on the golf course, and that he might want to rectify this. Nothing done...typical right! . Well about 3 weeks ago we saw Boo leading 2 young Labs around and showing them the ropes. I told DH that the pups are going to bother the chickens cause they are pups right?! Well DH managed to corner one of these pups in the coop with the chikens petrified on their roosts. How DH kept the dog in and got the chicks out I dont understand but he did. One chicken missing. Wanda the SL Wyndotte. Not the favorite chicken but a good layer of pretty dark brown eggs. Piles of feathers all over but no bird. Feathers on the barbwire leading to Sam's house. Hmmm no-brainer! Called Sam and asked if he knew who owned the Lab pups with collars but no tags. He says,"Yeah, my neighbor and she is looking for them." I told him I had a chicken killer in my barn and I needed to talk to the owner. He said he would pick up the dog if I'd like. I told him that that wasn't needed and I would talk to the owner myself and deliver the dog as I needed payment for the dead chicken. His response was a dull/suprised "OH" Called the owner of the pup and told her I had the dog and I needed $20 bucks for the dead chicken and I will be right there.DH drove. Handed the dog over received check for 1-chicken on the memo and the woman said "Well that is a shame. We just started to let them run." "RUN" Went to see Sam as my cellphone cut out on him and I didn't want him to think I hung up in a snit. Well he says"I'm not happy about this. Any time I see you, all you talk about is my dog being a bad infulence. My dog isn't bad, he is just being a dog." My response....."Yes he is being a dog, but not on your property on mine, on the road, on everyone elses property. I've told you about it numerous times because I thought you loved your animal. I see were I stand now and will take actions to protect my stock." Got in the car and DH drove home. Now DH is usually the softy and I'm the Cruella Deville. Not yesterday! He told me when we had the pup to go to Walmart, buy the gun that I have always said we needed and he always apposed, and shoot the pup. Had to inform him that aside from targets and skeet, I have never shot anything and this cute pup isn't going to be the first! He was also really mad at Sam and how he spoke to me and was thinking about severing business ties. I thanked him for defending my honor and all. Told him that I was confused as to why he was defending my honor this time as Sam really didn't say anything of importance...if anything he sounded like a little kid called on the carpet Then told him that he should be glad he is a man as "we" deal with this all the time. That's how the whole 'Don't get mad get even" thing started. Anyhow, he was in a snit all night and at the breakfast table I was presented with copies of the KY state laws about protecting your poultry. So, I guess if Sam has to spend $$$$ getting shot taken out of his dog's butt at the vet, he may keep it at home! I haven't shot a gun since I was a kid...I wonder if I'm still as good a shot. I guess by vertue of owning chickens....we will find out won't we! Thanks for letting me vent! Comments and advice welcome! Anyone who has a young laying Speckled Sussex hen that you can sell me, let me know...have to replace a chicken now.