I like the part best on this post about taking the dog home. I have seen quite a few loose dogs lately so this would explain it all. Be careful driving the back roads and if you recognize a neighbor's dog on the loose, please try to reunite it with their family.
We're having an unusally cold January her in Lovettsville VA. Everything outside is frozen, like the ground, hoses, hose bibs, outside hydrants, creeks, streams, ponds, water troughs for horses and livestock, etc. If you don't have an electric or solar water heater in your troughs, you are probably carrying buckets of water out to your animals. When weather is cold like this, horses drink more water. I give each horse a 5 gallon bucket of warm water in the morning, and another at dark. Also, deer and other wildlife are searching for both food and water. That is just one of the problems people with pets need to be more aware of in single digit freezing temps like this.
But another problem is this, two of our neighbors have dogs, and they both have " Invisible Fence" to keep their dogs on their own property. This morning, right at daybreak, I found one of the dogs walking down the road from one neighbors house. I stopped and got him and took him home because I was worried about him getting hit by a car. Our roads are still icy in many spots. The dog had his shock collar on, but it obviously wasn't working, becaue there was no sound or shock when we crossed over the buried Invisible Fence in his yard. So if you have dogs, and use some type of buried electrical fencing to keep them in, be aware that those fences might not work under frozen ground and 5-6" of snow. I hate seeing dogs loose in the road where they could be hit by a vehicle.
Jeff Pearl / Lic in VA
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