This is the text of a comment that I got on one of my recent postings. I've thought about it for a while, and I'm curious. How would you respond to this comment if you were me?
"I was by today when I ran my animals and the stench was unbearable. I know you have pigs and pigs smell but the amount of rotten fruit in the knee high mud that the pigs are walking in is just rank. It never has smelled like that when I have been running the dogs before and I have been doing it for years. It seems like you have ALOT of animals (pigs, cows, goats, fowl AND dogs) in a small area. It's like a population explosion has happened or something! And the dogs are in quite a small area too... well hidden but still seen. I know I'm being nosey but I worry for them. They aren't yet meat on the table, so we all are responsible to question. "
Little background: There's literally nothing around my farm for a half-mile in any direction. I chose this property partly for that reason -- no neighbors is a good thing. This person is walking her dog from wherever she lives to my fenceline, at least a half mile away.
In addition, I got a visit from the snohomish county animal control yesterday. Here's what went on.
"Hi officer Barber! What's up?"
"ah, it looks like your dogs need their licenses renewed on... april 30th. "
"oh. Ok. So i can do that anytime between now and may 1st and be fine? "
"Is that the reason you stopped by?"
"no, we recieved a complaint that your pigs are in the mud. "
"oh. Well, it's been pretty warm the last few days, and the sows have been mud bathing to keep cool and for sunscreen, so they don't get sunburnt. They have those shelters over there (gesturing) and we put in wood chips every week so that they can stay dry if they want"
"ok. Well, they look fine. "
"Thanks officer Barber. See you soon"
I know this guy by first name because I talk to him several times a month. Snohomish county animal control must respond to every complaint that they receive, and each time they contact me.
So. What would you do?
10 hours ago