06/06/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Light Cahills
5.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Slate Drakes
8.    Golden Stoneflies
9.    Little Green Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
10.  Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11.  Inch Worm (moth larva)
12.  Beetles
13.  Grasshoppers

From Bears to Stray Dogs
I went completely blank this morning. I couldn't think of anything to write about. Yesterday,
my focus for most of the day was diverted from the normal fly fishing mode to a rapidly
developing climax with a stray dog problem we have recently been stuck with. For the past
three days, our attention has been diverted from the Sunday night visit by a bear to stray
dogs. Given a choice, I would allow the bear back, provided the dogs would leave; however,  
that's not going to happen now for sure. I will explain why.

The dogs have scared Angie to the point she's almost afraid to go outside. They bark and
growl at us as soon as we go outside, even if we are just going a few feet to the car. I have
had to try to run them off several times. It works every time but within a few minutes they are
back lying in the edge of the woods behind the house. They come up on our front porch at
night which upsets our child dog Biddie, who sleeps at the foot of our bed. She has been
upset, barking at them during the night when they get near the house. That's something she
very rarely does and only when something is on the front porch or in our yard. The dogs
were sleeping in the woods behind the house and sneaking around during the night coming
up on our porch waking us up. It is amazing what she hears that we can't. Notice I said were.

Yesterday, before running them off, I took the time to look at them closer but I could only do
that from a distance. I did notice they were mostly skin and bones and didn't have collars.
Their skinny bodies aren't noticeable at a distance because of their longer hair.  I have no
idea what breed or cross breed the two dogs are. One is almost solid black and appears to
be part German Shepard and the other similar to it but white with black spots. One jumps
around and barks like he or she is going to attack you and the other one is shy. Both are
about the size of a smaller size Collie and may be part Collie.

I called the Seveirville County Dog Pound, or  whatever you call them, and was told they
didn't pick up animals but that the City of Pigeon Forge Police Dept. would and that they
would bring them in to them. I called the police department who transferred me to the city
street department. The nice gentlemen said he would call their dog catcher and he would be
out shortly to pick them up. He mentioned they may need to set a trap for them. He also
mentioned it may be after lunch before the man arrived but that he would be here for certain.
No one showed up all day.

Near dark last night, I noticed both dogs were not in the edge of the woods, but lying up
against the garage door. Looking at them through a bath room window from a short distance,
it became very obvious they were both starving to death.

Up until then, I had refused to feed them, thinking that if I did, they wouldn't ever leave. I
couldn't refuse them any longer. I went to the store and purchased Purina Dog food and fed
and watered the dogs. The kind Biddie eats cost $.78 a can. I'd go broke feeding them her
gourmet food. She eats 7 little pretty cans of it a day.  Yes, it probably cost more to feed her
than us. That made me feel even worse about the starving dogs.

The shy one came up to the food while I was standing there, which was the first time I was
able to get anywhere near him or her. After seeing the shy dog eating, the other one that's
appears to be completely crazy, soon came out of the woods within a few feet of me to eat. I
felt very bad for them. I'm also aware of rabies, of course. I would bet money they haven't
been vaccinated. It made tears come in my eyes watching them eat. It was a very sad sight
seeing a starving animal eat.

The dogs were simply starved to death and begging us for food. I think one was so weak,
she or he only appeared to be shy. I also think the other one was so hungry he or she was
actually going crazy. When I got up this morning, both dogs were lying on our front porch
couch just like they owned the place. I guess Biddie, whom we refuse to allow anywhere near
them, figured that if I was feeding them, it was okay for them to be on her front porch. She
didn't bark at them last night. I actually got to get a little sleep.

The City of Pigeon Forge will handle the dog problem today. If you don't see an article for
tomorrow, you will know where I am. I'll be in the Pigeon Forge City Jail for turning the dogs
loose in the City Hall
Copyright 2012 James Marsh