The vote is unanimous: Jack is worth his weight in gold! He's surely kept the coyote's at bay each night by responding to their yipping with his low rumble of a bark. He's also chased off a fox on a couple different occasions. We've had to divide the herd into three different groups due to various feeding and breeding requirements. Unfortunately that means Jack's presence and protection of the herd is divided by gates.
His most recent action came this last weekend when we heard a ruckus with the chickens. I watched in shock as a fox scattered the flock of chickens in the pasture. The commotion did not go unnoticed by Jack, he was throwing a fit on the other side of the gate. I ran as fast as I could to let him through but by the time I landed off the deck Jack was already on the other side of the gate. I'm still not sure how he scaled it but he did and he gave quick chase to the fox.
We praised him for doing a good job, of course. It seemed like the chickens appreciated it as well, I swear they're usual "cluck cluck cluck" noises were interspersed with "Jack Jack Jack."