Earlier this month she killed Little Red. That is 6 loved chicken pets.
Rosie is tethered now, and away from me. Which is good, because I could do her harm now.
This is my new policy for her. No longer a free country dog, but a dog with earned boundaries from now on.
The girls have approached me about this. They feel it is cruel.
They have already forgiven her!
I am amazed, and puzzled.
I suggested that this dog, and chicken ownership were incompatible. That we needed to make change. They would not consider finding Rosie a chicken-free household.
In considering our different feelings about this situation, I settle on this.
They are not parents.
Yes, they've suffered a huge loss.
But watching my children, react to this loss AGAIN (in addition to the loss of the hens), has hardened my heart to Rosie, irreparably I think.
(And I know she's doing what natural dogs do. And I said this to the children, but....)
My job is to protect my children, and I have not protected them from this adequately.