Posted : 9/5/2006 11:43:09 PM
Yes, it's very possible - any dog weighing up to 15 lbs or so can be regarded as prey. We live in a suburb on the edge of the mountains around LA, and our yard is surrounded by an 8 ft. anti-snake/coyote fence. Some years back, I was looking for an adult
oodle to adopt and the rescue rejected our house because of the danger from owls or hawks above. Never mind that the dog would've been an indoor dog, with someone home all day to supervise whenever it was out in the yard. At the time, I was very angry with rescue, but their objections made me more aware of the danger of flying predators. As a result, when my little girls were puppies I made sure to stay by their side when they were in the yard, and at night they were only out long enough to do their business. They are now older and bigger, but we are still watchful when they are outside. I would love to build a dog run (with roof) right up against the house, with a dog door between the run and the house - this would be nice and safe, but the layout of my house doesn't really allow for that.
Last summer, my daughter was awakened around 3 am by the sound of a scuffle outside her window, and then a most awful scream. We think it was an owl who got hold of a rat in the bushes. Ugh.