We have two homes on our farm. Lee and I live in one of them, we rent the other out. Over the years we’ve had some damages caused by pets, but we’re gluttons for punishment and continue to allow “well behaved” pets. Until recently. We had a new tenant, a single lady with 2 dogs. She moved her things in over the 4th of July weekend, stayed 2 nights, and moved out. Here’s the story…..
Our tenant worked second shift. She left the house at 1 PM. At about 7 PM, I look out my window and see one of her dogs, in the yard. Since she had left them in the house, this wasn’t good. Lee and I were able to get him back into the house, and discovered that he had ripped out the screen of an open window and jumped out. We also found that he/they had trashed the house. If it matters, and it might, the dogs are Huskies.
Drapes and rods were down and destroyed. Shades and blinds were in shreds. 3 screens were ripped. We settled the dogs back in, closed all the windows (we thought) and left. Five minutes later, the dog was out, this time chasing the sheep. He caught a lamb and started to savage him but Lee was there and again caught the dog. We put the dog back in the house and re-checked the windows. This time we were confident that all windows were secure. He didn’t get out again. Here are a couple more pictures of damages. Apparently the dogs are not as housebroken as their owner believed. They’re good at breaking houses, though!
The lamb is doing well. He had some puncture wounds on his neck, and he was in shock and traumatized for a day or so, but he’s healed and fine now. The tenant moved her dogs the next morning and moved out that weekend. We’re in the process of repairing the damages.
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The lesson we learned? No pets, no exceptions!