Monday night around 11PM the dogs went bazerk.
Two were by the side door in their kennel, but I had just let Lola out of the house to potty before going to bed.
Ran outside and there was HUGE coyote standing in the yard stumbling, and dragging it's hind leg. Lola (coydog) thank HEAVENS was cautious and just barking/howling standing on a large rock!
I got her in an grabbed DH, a .22, and a flashlight. It of course hobbled to the horse's gate who were all OF COURSE leaning over trying to attack it!
So no open shot. I chunked rocks at it trying to get it to move away, no go, kept trying to wiggle through the gate. Finally DH shot several rounds into the ground and it moved 10/20 feet away. We got it broad side twice, then ran out of ammo... Didn't drop!! Reloaded while it hobbled behind the cars, OF COURSE, and towards the side of the mountain where we couldn't get a safe shot off being above the hwy (two miles but we don't take chances)! Got one more shot in it's hind but it got away, we've been looking for it for days. Can't be sure that it actually had rabies or was just seriously injured. It just wasn't right though, took two shots square and one hind with no effect, it was like dealing with Kujo. Still looking for the carcass.
So I've been running the dogs to the vet's to get booster shots (Had to make two trips to town yesterday because I can't get all three in the back of the SUV), they were due soon anyways. Lola was the only one out, not bitten but she may have sniffed in places where/if it was foaming. According to the internet it would be possible! Stupid internet freaks me out! The horses are all utd, no bites, and the coyote couldn't have been in with them anyways.
I am just freaked out. Thank Heavens I'm always on top of rabies vacs, you just never know... I couldn't imagine losing my dogs/horses to something so horrific!