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The dangers of living in Florida

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So last weekend we had a puppy welcoming party with some friends. There was about 8 people in the back yard playing with Bessi and Smili. They were off of their leashes happy as can be. I warned everyone to be carefull as the pups like to play in the sand (In FL we do not really have dirt, but sand) by the lake in the back yard. Now I must preface for those of you in the midwest a FL "Lake" is really no more than a small man made pond that you could almost throw a rock across to the other side. Sure enough they bolted toward the lake, which is really no big issue other than the fact that you are going to get sandy trying to chase them. We caught them and carried them back to the grass.......Just then I turned around and looked at the lake (Not really sure why I did, just a feeling I guess). About 4 feet from the edge of the lake I saw something surface......Yes an alligator! He was only about 4 ft long so he was not an adult, but none the less, he scared the poop out of me. I yelled "Bassets do NOT taste like Chicken" as I hurried them into the house.

Now nearly every day I see that darn gator swimming close to the edge of the lake. I have to be carefull walking the pups now as he is obviously watching them.
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EEEEK ! -- Don't know what to say other than we are lucky.... we live on a pretty large lake and the only summer critters we have to contend with are a flock of Canada Geese --who poop on our lawn and my husband shoots at with a sling-shot (better than the neighbour who shoots at them with frozen paint-balls), a bunch of ducks with their babies (who we love and feed and swim with) and a mink that we are not too impressed with but tolerate (he ate a baby duck) and a couple of beavers across the lake that are just amazing to watch. We get the odd raccoon snooping around. Now in the winter we get a red fox who looks in our patio doors licking his chomps since he thinks cat and dog are gourmet dinners but if he sees us he goes on his way.
I would be very nervous at your place with gators lurking about -- boy I wouldn't let those pups out of my sight. Do these things come out of the water day and night??? Next question -- do they stay in the back yard or will they make their way to the front which would be some distance from the water. The only time I have seen one was while golfing in Florida and the course marshal warned us not to get close. I guess I'll just keep my Canadian Critters and not complain.
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