A couple of weeks back, I posted regarding Charley's poopy problems - terrible runs, straining, suddenly urgently needing out in the middle of the night,etc. Every time I got the problem cleared up, she'd be fine for a couple of days and then it would happen again.
I think I have found the cause - and it is scary.
A woman from down the street phoned me a few days ago - she caught someone trespassing on her property feeding something to her dogs, and later that night her smallest dog had a seizure. The dog survived, but when the woman started talking to neighbours about it, several reported a man routinely walking around our neighbourhood feeding something to all the dogs.
Someone confronted him (he is not known to us, and this is a rural area where everyone knows everyone), and he claimed he just likes dogs and "wants to get to know them". He was very scruffy and was vague about where he lived. He has also been trying to find out all the dogs names.
My dogs are never left outside when I'm away from the house, but Charley likes to spend time in the yard when I am home. Usually, the other three dogs prefer to be in the house underfoot, though occasionally Oliver will hang out outside with Charley - and Oliver is the only other one of my crew who got the runs recently.
Yesterday, I caught the guy about to give Charley something. I called out to him (politely) to stop, and he was really rude to me but did walk away. Then he trespassed on the neighbour's property and started feeding their dogs. I grabbed my camera and got pictures of him using my zoom, but we couldn't get the police to come. They just told us to keep our dogs inside.
Charley is my sensitive-tummy dog. I'm guessing that he has been feeding her regularly (apparently he has been up to this for over a month now - someone spotted him several times in December) and each time, it gives her the poops.
I'm concerned that this person is working up to either befriending dogs sufficiently that he can break into houses without them barking, or getting them to anticipate treats so he can slip them something to knock them out while he burglarizes the place. In fact, with the little dog's seizure, and both Oliver and Charley getting sick, I wonder if the biscuits are already tainted, maybe just from being outdated/moldy or maybe he is using low doses of some poison to deliberately harm the dogs.
Needless to say, Charley is no longer allowed to hang out in the yard unless I'm out there with her. She is not a happy camper, but it will be interesting to see if she has any recurrences of the poops now that he has no access to her.