I have some very sad news to report. Our very loyal friend, who just happened to be a dog, passed away October 4th. I started a thread last June to brag on him and now reading it again it is the perfect eulogy. It was titled "Our dog saved our flock" What an incredibly difficult two weeks we have had. It started Thursday, October 2nd. Coyotes came into the yard, 2 diverted Herbie and the young Danes and the other went straight for the barn and killed my best layer and most friendly hen. We were also dealing with the grief of a close girlfriend dying at the young age of 48 from a very rare form of cancer. Her funeral was Saturday, October 4th. When we returned home from the Church, we found Herbie dead. He was very old and bless his heart he just layed down and died. Since then the Coyotes have ravaged us. They attacked our female Great Dane and ripped her front leg apart, Our male Dane has been missing since Sunday and they killed our only rooster, a beautiful EE just yesterday morning right in the barn. Someone posted earlier "There is no substitute for a good dog" How true it is. Thanks again for listening. Three final cheers for Herbie, the best dog in the whole wide world!