Sophie and Sampson were two of my beloved Labradors we owned while living in the mountains of Tennessee. They were “outdoor” dogs who came in and out of the house. Our neighbor had outdoor dogs also and when they would come up to our house, I never paid any mind to them. Unfortunately when my dogs would follow them over to the neighbor’s trailer, the neighbor hated it.
The neighbor eventually killed both of my dogs. Sophie died of antifreeze poisoning. Sampson came home with a bullet hole through him. He survived after the vet put him on antibiotics and some stitches. I never found out exactly who did it- but I had a good suspicion. I was very happy to move away from the mountain after that. While the land is so beautiful, the people are nuts.
My neighbors on the mountain would let their boys, ages 12 to 14 at the time, take their little girl cousin about age 6 up onto the land next to ours to shoot. No adult supervision. I called child care services on them more than once. It didn’t matter. Daddy was elected to the county government. He would beat the child in front of me when I was picking up my child from the bus stop at the end of the shared road. He would smile at me as if to say “I can do it to him, I can do it to you too”.