Paul Doroshuk has called the picturesque hills of Alpine home for the last six months.
"We have a six-year-old son stared first grade... it's just a great community," he said.
But the joy of this so-called backcountry living is starting to take a toll. Coyotes are preying on his dogs. Two months ago, his five-year-old Jack Russell terrier Sissy was killed by a pack of coyotes in broad daylight. A neighbor's dog has vanished, and just last week coyotes scaled Doroshuk's five-foot fence and attacked his two other Jack Russels Pepper and Cecile.
"She basically tried to fight them off and eventually they got the upper hand and had her down and were taking turns taking shots at her walking by almost like you see on National Geographic," he said.
The violent attack left Cecile with an injured paw and Pepper within an inch of her life.
"The vet said if they had grabbed her neck and turned her or tried to pick her up, she wouldn't have made it," Doroshuk said.
He says he understands he's sharing his backyard with wild animals, but has purchased kennels - and Lou, his new Doberman - to help protect his family, and now wants others to be on alert.
"They just wait for when you're not looking and make their move then," he said.
Doroshuk says little Pepper will have to stay on antibiotics and pain killers for at least the next week, but is expected to make a full recovery.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.