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Judy   Los Angeles, CA

9/21/2011 9:27:53 PM

I live in Los Angeles, and most of what people are saying - I agree with - I thank Arizona for the toad mention - I didn't know. I don't like those nasty varments - possums. Living in a city with canyons & hills you always have to be on the lookout for rattlers and the occassional bobcats. I take my Husky to Laurel Cyn. dog park -and a rattlesnake came into the park. For a couple of years we had mountain lion warnings. As most know, predators follow their food supply. You always need to be aware of your surroundings. I love to go hiking with the dogs and my job is to make sure we "avoid rattlesnakes and poison oak", poison oak and rattlesnakes - repeat until safe.

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Nancy   Green Valley,, AZ

9/21/2011 12:15:12 PM

Arizona is quite different. We do have bobcats, coyotes etc, but we have two very very dangerous wildlife critters. Rattlesnakes and river toads! There is training available for the snakes and toads but most dogs "forget" after a period of time. The toads appear during monsoon and are very bad. If the dog "licks" or touches the toad with his mouth he/she could die. Very toxic to dogs. If proper treatment is given quickly all is well. Most of us here either walk our dogs and keep an eagle eye out, or (my top choice) take them to a dog park. Ours love it and have lots of "buddies" there. It is large and divided into two areas-one for large or aggressive dogs and one for small or docile dogs. Great addition to any community.

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George Walker   Bainbridge Island, WA

9/18/2011 7:49:19 PM

The authorities could care less. They have told us that the coyotes, racoons and other assorted animals were here first, including deer. Our neighbors have lost many dogs and cats to these scavengers. We too, have lost a beautiful cat. It's time to have a deer season and trappers to rid the Island of these dangerous critters.

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Chloe   Englewood, FL

9/16/2011 2:03:20 PM

My dogs have always had a fenced in yard until I moved back to FL. Now I have to walk them. They do not leave the house unless on a leash. One night a couple of months ago I was walking Lucky and stopped. I looked where he was looking and saw two wolves. Immediately picked him up and hurried into the unit. Now they don't have the luxury of a walk after dark. Might say it's Wild Kingdom here and we don't like it. I did call FL Wildlife and Fisheries and she confirmed that wolves were here as is everything else. I learned the hard way. Now a whistle goes with me on their last walk close to the building at dusk and during the day too!! Good advice and thank you, Dog Channel, for sharing. :)

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Cec   Sacramento, CA

9/16/2011 12:55:11 PM

Good info. Have printed it out and will put it in our Laundry Rooms in the Apartment Complex where we live. We had a dog attacked by some kind of animal last year and I've seen possums here in the
complex.
Here in Downtown Sacramento they've found 4 rabid animals. One skunk and 3 racoons. I keep my German Shorthair Pointer on a leash, at all times, and don't let her go into the bushes we go past.

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Marianne   Cuyahoga Falls, OH

9/16/2011 7:43:16 AM

I live by the Cuyahoga National Park in northern
Ohio.
The park has been doing a study on the many coyotes in the area. They have found that the largest part of their diet by examining their scat has been Owls and cats. Beware for your roaming cats

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Dorcas   Orlando, FL

9/15/2011 9:01:24 PM

The advice you give is absolutely correct. I live in rural Central Florida, and we have a host of wildlife in out yard, e.g., foxes, bobcats, deer, wild turkeys, racoons,snakes, wild boar, and most recently a Florida panther. Our neighbor also adopted a kangaroo via the exotic license process. It got out one day and roamed the neighborhood. These are not pets, and will attack almost anything when surprised. Thank you for all the terrific reminders.

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Carlotta   Detroit, MI

9/15/2011 8:15:04 PM

I think that you have given some wonderful advice. I live in Detroit, and the only thing that I have seen in my neighborhood are the possums, my miniature poodle ran up on one, and thank God the possum played dead, because I thought my baby was about to get whipped.

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Ron   Hartwell, GA

9/15/2011 6:12:42 PM

A fence works both ways, it keeps my guys, dogs, protected and them from getting in trouble. My big guy is 133 pounds and can take care of most anything, he is my snake guard. I live on a lake and have deer, and every other form of wildlife, the fence assures my buys protection, they are basically indoor dogs, just play outdoors.

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Neache   Walsenburg, CO

9/15/2011 5:55:12 PM

This is good advice but I agree with Carole in Sedalia, I used to live in that area 20 + years ago and it was a lot wilder then.. but not due to wild animals... At any rate she is right calling wildlife would give them the laugh of the day.. Where I live now is 9 acres with lot of trees in a housing area, in the nine years here.. We lost 7 dogs, to coyote some when we were standing right there... it is true they were here first, but that gives them no right to present an ever present danger to pets which are family as well , and they have been known to even take a child.. So I will shoot if they approach for I take my four out on a leash for the little one two of them and the bigger dogs two of them run interference if approach is emminent.. then my 9mm is the answer... How many animals do you know that have an armed guard accompany them to go do their business... Lucky aren't they... Carole.. don't know your age but does Caddy's Diner ring a bell...

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Lucia   Brookfield, CT

9/15/2011 1:38:16 PM

Dogs and cats should not be kept outside, they are pack animals and those who adopted them or purchased them are members of their "pack". They should live inside with the family.

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Carole   Sedalia, CO

9/15/2011 1:00:28 PM

My wildlife authorities would roll on the floor laughing if I called about an animal track! They did, however, give us signs to post in the neighborhood warning of bear and cougar activity. Deer, fox, racoon, skunks and coyote are so common we don't even blink.

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Christy   Benton, KY

9/15/2011 11:21:23 AM

Not everyone keeps their pets indoors. #5 doesn't work for animals that stay outside.

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Liz   Ojai, CA

9/15/2011 10:58:37 AM

Please don't forget that our beloveds are descended from wild animals and that they (the wild ones) were here first, keep pets safe but don't demonize the wild ones, thank you.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

9/14/2011 6:04:21 PM

Thank you!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

9/13/2011 6:52:01 PM

Great advice.

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BEAGLE MOM   G-VILLE, WV

9/13/2011 8:10:43 AM

HOW SCARY! I THINK I WOULD GO ON A WILD ANIMAL KILLING SPREE IF ONE OF MY BELOVED BEAGLE BABIES WERE ATTACKED OR KILLED BY A WILD ANIMAL! THANKFULLY, WE HAVE A FENCED IN YARD TO KEEP THEM CLOSE TO THE HOUSE AND THEY BARK LIKE CRAZY WHEN ANY ANIMAL OF ANY SORTS IS IN THEIR SITE, WHICH WARNS ME TO CHECK IT OUT.

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Tommy   Pocatello, ID

9/13/2011 7:00:04 AM

Great tips thanks

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