I am so very sorry for your loss - how terrible - I know how difficult it is to lose a treasured K-9 friend under any circumstances but seeing a coyote take your dog like that has to top anything I've ever heard of! I hate that your son is having to deal with such a trauma. Hugs to all of you! We do have coyotes here in SC and we live in the country - I have big dogs AND little dogs - the little dogs are mostly in the house unless I'm outside with them - the big dogs (a Shepherd and 2 Dobies) are always out with me at the barn - we are surrounded by woods and if the dogs are out of my sight I am always tense. I've only caught a glimpse of what I thought was possibly a coyote one time when we were out riding on our property - I know I've heard them at night from time to time - they are around.