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Old 07-20-2019, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Blondesare View Post
Welcome to Florida! Dachshunds are great little dogs. As with any dog or cat it is up to us to keep them safe and give them a long, loving life. Most of it is just common sense. Gators are extremely athletic and run faster, jump and climb much more than one can imagine. Keep any dog away from water, it's that just that easy. Don't leave animals out on lanais over night by themselves, that's easy. When it's hot like now leave your dog at home. Dogs can easily overheat and die before your eyes, most people don't know how to recognize over heating in dogs until it's too late. They will love you when you get home and be glad not to be stressed by the heat. If you wouldn't walk barefoot on the pavement, it's cruel to ask your dog to do it. If you truly love your dog, don't let them ride on your lap in the front seat of your car. You wouldn't do that with your grandkids as you know the air bags can kill them. What chance does your little, loving dog have? Dogs love us unconditionally, dumb or smart. They will live a long and healthy life if we are a smart, educated dog owner.
Great advice for pet owners moving to The Villages!
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Originally Posted by SanFranDianne View Post
There are a number of videos "out there" that show gators climbing fences. I remember one fence was at least 4-5 feet tall, and the gator got over it easily.
I stand corrected!

As for leaving pets on lanais, one guy from Community Watch told me that he has seen screens torn by wild critters like coyotes and bobcats who were trying to get through to pets.
I was trying to make that point but seem to not have made it clear. Thanks for the clarification!
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Toxic, dog-killing toads invading Florida yards

My dog and a neighbor's dog up the road have had problems with these toads.

Just stay away from the ponds with respect to alligators and after a storm also avoid pools of water on roads and the like.

There are also various snakes you should look out for here in Florida. These are also usually near water. Venomous Water Moccasin or Harmless Watersnake?
Old 07-23-2019, 09:09 AM
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From Villages Online Newspaper July 22, 2019

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A Villager was surprised to spot a bobcat walking on the wall behind his home.

The bobcat was spotted Saturday morning at the home of Doug Byers at 3728 Infinity Run in the Village of Hillsborough.

“This cat was whining like it was hungry and it looked malnourished,” Byers said.

The Florida bobcat is identifiable by its short tail and the fringes of fur that outline the sides of its head. It weighs between 13 and 30 pounds and has a tail with white on its underside and black markings on its top side.

Bobcats are mainly nocturnal hunters who may also prey during the daylight hours. During the summer the Florida bobcats will eat mostly local fauna including squirrels, opossums, rabbits and raccoons. During the winter months, they hunt birds that pass through Florida to escape the cold up north.
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Definitely don't walk your pup down by lakes or any body of water for that matter. I see people doing this all the time and I cringe every single time. I saw an extra large gator jump out of a pond trying to bite a landscaper...they could easily take a little dog, leash or no leash. Keep your pup on a leash and very close to you at dawn and dusk especially. We've had several bobcats and coyotes in our backyard as well as a small snake that propelled itself through the air trying to get at us. Never saw anything like it and don't want to again. There's all kinds of critters running around TV but using a little common sense will help to keep our pets safe.
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