Yes, I agree. I lost most of my purple hull pea crop to rats last year, until a feral cat moved in. She stayed regular. I'm cashing in on rat control in the garden and around the chicken yard, but the flip side is chick loss. Net positive, just have to be vigilant regarding predator proofing.Your lucky nice backyard. A good dog or cat is worth their weight in gold keeping wildlife away
We have outstanding neighbors. Sometimes it feels like we’re a family of 10: four parents raising six kids. There are tons of stories of us helping one another with the kids, but my favorite is that if it weren’t for me going over there to keep their oldest two kids after a frantic call from them at 5:30am one morning, their third child would have been born at home or on the side of the highway. (They *barely* made it; she was born in an ER triage room, less than 5 minutes after they got to the hospital. No way they make it otherwise.)Love that picture of those little girls. You must have great neighbors.