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Old 11-24-2008, 07:39 AM
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Yesterday morning I was over at a neighbors sitting in the kitchen when Sherry (the lady of the house) started pounding on the window from the outside. George rushed to see what was up, then quickly grab his coat and boots and bolted out the back door; I soon thereafter followed. I know Sherry and George was telling me about having to scoop out one of their pure breed Puli dogs from the ice covered swimming pool the other day, but here lay a second dead Puli that had broken through the ice in the pool.

I know there is things I could talk about in regards to loosing two dogs in less than a week, but the conditions of why they died is what I want to talk about.

I was supposed to have completed my fish pond this fall but others that I was banking on never got around to upholding their end of a deal. Either way, I have concern about my (our) cat and the somewhat frozen fish pond. I know the first time I say him walking across the thin ice I had visions of him falling through.....it wasn’t a bright picture.

How concerned should I be? ;? Do animals know the ice is or isn’t safe to walk on?
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A friend of mine almost lost his English setter a few years back after he dropped a pheasant on thin ice. She broke thru 50' from shore and wouldn't dropped the bird, which would have helped her situation. She clawed her way to within 20' of shore but my bud had to end up going after her. Hard thing to watch but it turned out OK. That's just one of many hunting dog stories I've heard about. Given the right impetus I think they'll likely do the wrong thing. Why not drain the fish pond before winter approaches?[img]../images/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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Can you cover it in the winter like you cover an inground pool?
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I do not believe that animals understand the concept of "thin ice". There are nets available that are used to keep birds from fishing in decorative fish ponds, so you could look into that. There are also pool covers that can take the weight of a person on them, however I'm not sure if they're appropriate for a fish pond.

Of course what you could do is train the cat to stay away from the fish pond - probably something you'd want to do anyway. How ? Push the cat into the pond - it'll stay away after that. Its cruel but it works - my sister did it with her cat and her new inground pool. Some wet feet and the cat was cured of its curiosity - of course there were no tempting fish in the pool so it may not work quite as well for you.
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I'm not sure if that's really a option Joe, covering a fish pond with plastic doesn't allow the water to breath, the fish could drowned from a lack of oxygen.

I was thinking about training our kitty not to go on the ice. A few things I do know is he has a memory like a steel trap and he definitely doesn't like the water.
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I picked up some really heavy duty fiberglass screen to keeptree debris out of my boats during the bud and "fall". It's primarily used as backstop material around golf courses, got mine thru a canvas shop. It would easily support a cat and allow the pool breath. It comes in 8' widths but could easily be sewn together.

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