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  1. Unknown
    6th February 2021 @ 12:01 pm

    Love the Blog. In your books you mention your fencing and the hounds. In your blog you have the electric fence do the hunters have to compensate you for breaking through the fencing or is it just seen as one of those things living in the countryside.
    Sorry if it's a daft question 😊

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  2. Lindylou
    6th February 2021 @ 3:56 pm

    What a wonderful blog Beth, thank you.
    Poor Aby and Max not been allowed out, they just wanted to me friends, lol.
    It sure sounds like it was a bothersome time especially for poor Jack. I hope peace reigns this weekend for you.
    what wonderful photos. xx

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  3. Sandy Shelby
    6th February 2021 @ 6:28 pm

    Quite the wild morning Beth ! It sounds as though the dogs aren’t trained any better than the hunters !

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  4. Vallypee
    6th February 2021 @ 8:50 pm

    Goodness, Beth, you are incredibly patient with these hunters. I think I'd have been livid. Still, I'm glad all ended well and the dogs were unhurt. I'm also glad they lost the boar, but I probably shouldn't say that…haha 🙂 At least it was a distraction from the dreaded housework!!

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  5. Amy Bovaird
    6th February 2021 @ 9:14 pm

    HI Beth,
    Glad all ended well! It cracked me up when you said it was clear Jerome killed his GPS by whacking the bonnet with it! Glad none of the freely-roaming sanctuary animals were injured. It was touched Jerome's dogs adored him. Just want to add happy that Tripod seems to be doing better with his missing tusk!
    Thanks for sharing this experience with us!
    Amy

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  6. Elizabeth Moore
    7th February 2021 @ 10:05 am

    Love this. What would they do without their toys? Glad everyone was safe.

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  7. Glynis P
    7th February 2021 @ 4:58 pm

    Oh Beth what an amusing blog. Lots of laughs and lots of info as usual. I am quite astonished that after all the hard work and expense you and Jack put yourselves through erecting those electric double fences that the Hunting dogs still managed to break through. I would be like Jack having a right old rant whilst you cheerfully and patiently deal with the Hunters and the GPS they can't fathom! It does come across as very funny but my patience would be sorely tried. Thankfully no animals Hounds or Wild Boars were harmed in overseeing the hound rescue! Bless you 🐕🐗👌🤭😘 xxx

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  8. Reyna
    7th February 2021 @ 5:13 pm

    You had me giggling hysterically. I do K9 search and rescue and work with GPS all the time. I'll have to try slamming the device on the hood of my car the next time I can't get signal.

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  9. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:22 pm

    Thanks so much for reading the blog, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Not daft at all, your question is excellent. I tell the story about us fixing the electric fence in Fat Dogs Part 5. For us, living with the hunting community is just a feature of living in a rural area. We have fewer of these instances since putting up the fence, but it still occasionally happens when a boar, at full gallop, finds a weakness in the fence. We have never taken action against the hunters, who are actually often desperately disappointed at losing their quarry!

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  10. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:27 pm

    Bless you, Lindylou, thanks so much. I know, poor Aby and Max get so frustrated, but we can't have them galloping around with hounds on the loose. It is frustrating, and happily doesn't happen too often now that we have the electric fence in place. This weekend was far more peaceful, thank you! 😀 xx

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  11. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:35 pm

    It was certainly pretty active, Sandy. The hounds will follow the scent, so if a boar charges in a different direction they will pursue it. Happily, this situation is less common now that we have the electric fence in place!

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  12. Unknown
    7th February 2021 @ 6:36 pm

    Having read your books, all this resonated with me. And the photos are great. At least the hunters appear to have 'accepted' you and Jack finally. I guess your lives will intertwine regularly. At least they love tveir dovs, if not the boars or ra bits or partridge! 😂

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  13. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:37 pm

    We go through a range of different emotions with them, Val. Actually, the very last thing they want is for a boar to enter our fenced area as that means (as you rightly point out) their hunt is over. It is horribly frustrating, but a feature of living here we have to put up with. Hah, at least it gave me an excuse to stow my little-used duster for another week! 😀

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  14. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:41 pm

    Thanks so much for all your kind comments, Amy. Bless him, Jerome is actually such a nice chap and it is obvious that his dogs adore him, which is a great sign. Actually, he and his friend are allowed to forage for mushrooms in the forest during the season and have a healthy respect for Tripod, although I do suspect they find our treatment of him rather quaint! 😀 And thank you, yes, I fed Tripod earlier this afternoon and he's looking stronger every day. xx

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  15. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:42 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth. Oh, I know. One can't help thinking they'd be better off with a whistle each!

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  16. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 6:58 pm

    Thanks so much for reading it, Glynis. Happily, since we put the electric fence in place this doesn't happen very often. I imagine the boar would have penetrated the outer fence at full pelt and broken through at a weak point. If the animal is travelling fast enough it may not have felt the inner fence. It is horribly frustrating at the time, but we understand that it's a feature of living in a rural community. And, an animal-lover, there is a certain irony in that once the boar is on our property the hunt is over. No animals were injured, and the fleeing boar will have got away too. xxx

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  17. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 7:02 pm

    Ha ha ha, don't, Reyna! 😀 Ooh, how interesting, though, I would love to do that kind of work with our Aussies!

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  18. Beth Haslam
    7th February 2021 @ 7:07 pm

    Ah, yes, if you have read my books (and thank you for doing so) then you will know it is a familiar tale. There are still one or two hunters we struggle with, but they seem to struggle with other neighbours too. We respect that hunting is a way of life here so it is important that we all get on if possible. Hah! Yes, they do love their dogs, and their passion for hunting is only too evident!

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