Ever since then, we've been far more careful about letting Jack go outside on his own. In fact, he doesn't. Not anymore. Sad to take away puppy privileges, but there we are.
After hearing about the coyote warnings, being a good pet owner, I immediately googled "Coyote Safety Tips Nashville" and got some great information on how to better arm myself for an encounter with a coyote, should that happen. After pouring through a few pages of tips, I found the best piece of advice and immediately acted upon it. I made a Coyote Shaker.
"What is a Coyote Shaker?" you say? So glad you asked...
The Coyote Shaker
Materials you'll need:
Using the Shaker
Okay, admittedly… My shaker isn't as pretty as the one they made online,
but still... It's seen a lot of action since last week.
And I'm thrilled to tell you that it's working! As soon as Jack wants to go outside, I start shaking the Coyote Shaker and it's so loud that every livin' thing in our backyard either takes flight or heads for the hills. We've not seen even one coyote. Another benefit of the shaker is that it scares the pee out of Jack so "doing his business" goes a lot faster now too.
When my husband sees me shakin' it as I go out the door (we're still talking about the Coyote Shaker, btw), he just stares at me as if I've lost it. And I might have. This deadline and writing 24/7 is about to get to me. Oh gracious...
So, what crazy things have you done in the name of loving and wanting to protect your pet? And if you've made a Coyote Shaker, please oh please, tell me so I'll feel better. ; )