Deer and a vineyard are not good partners. The owner of agricultural land generally has a right to kill animals eating his crops or damaging, in this case, his vines. If this was a dog roaming the forest killing deer it would be a problem but that is not the case.
Some of you may remember that Redmund is a Basenji that we placed with a family that owns a winery. About a year ago he mortally injured a deer that was in the vineyard (despite deer fencing). Last Wednesday Chris Pearmund, the owner of Pearmund Vineyards, was leaving at about 8:00 p.m. and there were about 20 deer outside the winery. Redmund took off in quick pursuit. Chris saw him riding the back of a rather large buck a couple of times but then he couldn't see him. He had to search the vineyard for a while before he came across Redmund chowing down on the carcass of a doe. It was obvious that Redmund had done the killing as the doe was chewed up around the neck, the same method Redmund used to take down the prior deer. This time Redmund had gutted the deer and had eaten a considerable portion of it's rump. Redmund did not eat at all the following day.
Redmund is really a gentle soul who gets along really well with all the visitors to the winery, human and canine, exceptionally well. It's pretty amazing that a 20 pound dog could take down a 150 lb. deer.
We're Redmund's breeders. Redmund was the pup who would rather stay with people than play with his littermates. He would be interested in the other pups playing but would rather stay in our lap than participate. When talking to the Pearmunds about buying a Basenji we suggested Redmund (nee Kugawa's Watcher of Woods) because he was so attached to people.
Having lived in Northern CA most of our adult lives we have done a lot of recreational wine tasting and admired winery dogs when doing so. To have a winery dog of our own (so to speak) is very exciting. We don't think that Redmund is a show dog for a variety of reasons, mostly his bite, but he is a sweet tempered dog.
If any of you are planning on visiting Pearmund Winery let us know and we will try to meet you there. It's only about 1/2 hr from the house.
Sid & Sue Sher
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