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Dogs Name: Toby the Dobe, Russell the Andalucian Terrier, Reina the Pointador. Sasha & Jack at the Bridge
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I must make sure I read all the responses in future because I feel it necessary now to amend what I have written and posted.
Right here goes.
This is not a rehoming or euthanising issue, rather it is about keeping ones head and a close eye on Dog.
If your dog is left alone with your inside cats during the time you are at work, seperate them. I assume you have rooms in your house, that it isn't one open plan area. If it isn't then close off an area where your dog can happily be left and keep cats and him apart for the duration of time you are not with them.
You say he doesn't chase the feral cats whilst you are with him, only when you let him outside alone. Well in my opinion he is doing what he thinks he needs do to protect his space. When you are with him, he steps back and lets you do it. You are his human, you are in charge after all.
So my advice and you don't have to take it, but I think you should, is. Do not let him outside unattended. Heck there are numerous guys on this site who go out with their dogs when they go out to potty, so why can't you?
Will he kill one of your house cats. Who knows, I personally doubt it, however what I don't doubt from your postings that it is perfectly possible you will kill your dog for being what he is, a dog.
Dogs and cats can live with each other, your boy and your cats are proving this to be so. However, if you are worried, then adjust your living practices, start keeping cats and dog seperate and for heavens sake give your boy the chance of life not hang a death sentence over him just because he is killing feral cats.
Jesus in a handbasket, my boys kill Grouse when out and about, but they do not touch my chickens because my chickens are part of our family, (all hand raised from day old) and even if they did. I certainly won't rehome/kill them for it.
Oh and did I read right, that one of your cats is blind?
Last edited by Toby'shuman; 11-22-2012 at 05:55 AM.