Oliver's Morning Walk
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I live in a condo, which means I go for at least three walks a day with Oliver. When we get a house, I hope to keep it up, but for now, its a requirement. We live pretty close to a park and have a creek on one side and a pond on the other. While it's still a completely suburban area, it makes for a mix of wildlife. For the most part we see birds on our walks. Ducks, geese, and Red winged Black Birds (watch out, they'll attack).
At night however, we'll see opossums, raccoon's and skunks as well. A couple months ago while walking Oliver with the DH, we turned a corner and at the back of the homes yard something hissed at us. We all ran, well the DH and I ran, Oliver was quite intent on challenging the hissing animal. DH told me he thought he'd seen a skunk there and that I should avoid the corner at dusk and dawn. Noted.
Well last week, while on our morning walk Oliver kep insisting we turn that corner. When I looked up, I did not see a goose or a skunk or even an opossum. It was a fox! And it just stared at Oliver. right there in the middle of the sidewalk... staring my little doggie down. Oliver was up for the challenge, so he stared right back and pulled like all heck on the leash. The fox moved... it sat down. Right there, 20 feet in front of us. After a few seconds, it layed down and continued the staring contest. Then it started to army crawl towards us.
I decided I liked this fox and didn't want Oliver to harm it. Really, if you think about it, it's on Oliver's side to control the goose, rabbit and general pest population in the area. Either it was protecting a meal or a den. Either way, I dragged Oliver away.