I am now surrounded. Well that's a bit of an exaggeration because I only have houses to the South of me. However all but one of the nearest houses have animals. In fact in the nearest three houses there are five dogs and three cats! My garden with it's potential crop of birds is heaven for all the cats in the area. Fortunately the way I've designed things the ability of cats to catch the birds is minimal.
The latest additions to the local menagerie are Oscar and Sandy who were cavorting in the croft in front of my house yesterday. Unfortunately winter light isn't perfect for capturing fast moving labrador pups.
They are being trained to come to heel at a whistle and, whilst there is a supply of biscuits, they are pretty good at it. 'Obedient' is probably too optimistic a word. 'Treats' is the real incentive.