The following should lead you to be more attuned to coyote, wild & feral dog potentials in your ‘neck of the woods’.
It’s becoming ever more commonplace for the aforementioned to attack domesticated animals as much in more urban as well as traditional rural areas. While we’ve known for years about these attacks on the latter regions, not taking needed precautions in more inhabited places, has dearly cost pet caretakers.
Little is the 20 y/o Shih Tzu alluded to in this article’s title. As soon as it went missing, the owners took to social media. It took a few days for Little to come back home…wounded. It looked serious enough to make people wonder how it ever got away.
With puncture neck wounds. Also, a sizable open side gash had developed into an infection. The surgery came to @ $1000. In short, Little shouldn’t be alive. In fact, it was supposed to be put down if the operation couldn’t be performed.
Not only by name but also by size, how such a small dog got away from a much bigger coyote is anyone’s guess. Some social media commenters mentioned the higher likelihood of this being the work of another dog on Little. Barring a real miracle, a coyote wouldn’t have let this ‘morsel’ get away.
While people feel more secure to leave their domesticated animals out at night in urban dwellings, things have changed. Less outdoor human interaction has emboldened more wildlife to start roaming outside their usual territories.
One of the recommendations to come out of this ordeal is to conscienticize into investing on dog vests that would increase protection from wild beasts such as coyotes. Big or small, not everyone’s gonna have Little’s fortune. When put in its right perspective, a vest is a relatively small cost as a preventative.
Little’s caretakers learned the hard way that to value something well enough, is to ‘hold close to your heart & keep them close to home’.