People romanticize country life. I know. I used to be one of them. It’s hard to lose animals to illness. Even worse, losing animals to savage attack by feral dogs that were once pets. Losing animals to TwoLegs happens, always, about a week before you are about to take the livestock to market, or before a holiday, like 4th of July or Thanksgiving. These animals are never eaten by the thief out of hunger. They are sold for profit on the Black Market.