I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, so moderators feel free to move it if you need to. Day before yesterday, a pair of coyotes was spotted on the outside of our pasture fence ( 39" woven wire with a strand of barbed wire 6" above the top). We have three calves now and one on the way, plus a new filly colt, all of which spend at least part of the day in the pasture. Well, the three cows formed up and stared them down according to my parents, who were able to watch the whole thing unfold. Unfortunately, my Dad wasn't home to get the .243 out and give them a small parting gift! Then, last night my sister's Yorkie male was attacked. He is scuffed up pretty bad, but is expected to make it ok. Vet said 4 fang punctures but no internal organs damaged. I'm not exactly sure where this happened, but I suspect it was in the field that we are going to fence for this years pasture. This might have been a 'yote OR a stray or wandering dog, but in any event, we are thinking it's time for a guard animal. We have kids around all the time, so we don't really feel comfortable with a large breed of dog around, plus the fact that there isn't really a ton of room for them to roam like has been written here. So we are thinking a donkey would fit the bill for us nicely. We are already set up for mini-horses. Do you have any thoughts as to standard or mini? Gelded jack or jennet? Registered or non? Single or more than one? Any thoughts and/or advice is greatly appreciated, and don't be afraid of stating the obvious to me. Assume I know nothing...we are both better off that way! Thanks in advance!