It's hard to describe the feeling of a heart that sinks and races at the same time, but that's what happened yesterday when I saw my neighbor's dogs coming up the drive when it was light enough to see. Thankfully, all my animals were still tucked in safely. Hoping to pass on some of the kindness I had received the day before, I called my neighbor instead of Animal Control. I found her explanation of "someone must have left the kitchen door open last night" strangely unsatisfying, given that there were six inches of snow on the ground. Going out later, tracks showed that the dogs had been all around on the deck, had tag-teamed and killed a rabbit by the drive, and had dug four or five pits while going after ground squirrels, one right by the goat pen. Just what I need, more ankle-busters. Having had such a wonderful outing, those dogs are going to be anxious for a repeat performance. "We're doing all we can," obviously isn't working. I just hate the need to be hypervigilant in my peaceable kingdom.