This afternoon I let four of the dogs out into our fenced dog yard that is right off the side of our house. They love to lay on the covered deck and relax or bark at the birds. Suddenly I heard frantic barking...not their usual bark. I looked out to see them running the fence line toward our back pasture and the woods. Opened the door and a big black bear was 10 feet from the fence, just standing there! Apparently, Sheltie Power did its job and the dogs spooked him. (It certainly wasn't me....last year when he was at our back deck I went out with an air horn and he was unimpressed.) He turned and ran for the woods. Still, it was VERY scary! He could knock our fence down with one paw. Clearly, no more unsupervised dog time outside. This bear has been spotted in the neighborhood far too often lately. Here he is on the outside of our dog fence.