Friday, March 20, 2015
Then, there are other days........that start out so peaceful..........and then, you get a rude awakening! This morning was one of those. It was mostly gray. No wind. The dogs and I headed out on a deer trail west of the house heading toward the big hill to the north of us. The snow is hard these days, in the early morning, so we can walk right on top. That means easy going for even older, stiff dogs, like Toby. We had just really gotten going up the old field when the wolves let loose with their howls right on the east side of the house. I'm not so sure they weren't over on the edge of the clearing there! Loud! That was one of those holy #*@% moments......I will tell you right now. I, as most of you know, have been plenty close to more than enough wolves......too many times to count, with and without dogs. But, I have never had them that close when they let loose with the howls when I didn't know they were around. It took about two seconds to decide the dogs were going back to the house as fast as I could get them there. That was way to many wolves for comfort when I didn't know which way they were going. I got them back and Toby in. Then, Betsy and I went back out......on the county road, to continue our walk as she hadn't done her business yet. I wanted to be able to see what was going on where. Anyway........Betsy and I continued, uninterrupted, the rest of our morning excursion. Needless to say, none of our "deer friends" came around for breakfast this morning. They know when to make themselves scarce.
I imagine that there will be a few more of those kind of mornings to be had before Spring really arrives in the valley. Quite a number of the deer have been dispersing lately to parts unknown where they spend most of their year. I was up the hill a couple of days ago when it was cold enough to walk wherever even later in the day. When I hit a spot in the full sun, I went to bottom...........but.....I never went more than knee deep. For mid-March, that isn't bad. Wolves, like many things......are opportunistic. Hard snow means easy going and an easier meal. So, I guess I will be on my guard for the next few weeks.
Spring is springing.........enjoy!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I do enjoy all my critters .........
However.........last night, 5:30, it was time to start on final prep for our evening meal. Just before I do that, I go down in the basement and take Toby out that door and around the house we go for a walkabout before supper time so he can do his business. He likes to sleep in the basement where it is cooler and does it a lot. It is easier on him, in his older age, to go out the basement and come in on top. I was just off the northwest corner of the house with him trailing along behind me......on our way to the windbreak on the north side of the house for a loop thru........when I saw a timber wolf by the compost bin!!! Let me tell you, I and Toby did an about face mighty fast with him wondering what the heck! I hadn't seen sign of one in almost 2 months up here. So, to have one standing that close to the house and maybe 20 yards from me was a bit disconcerting. I had actually just been looking around before I took him out as something had scared the deer and they had run east and south and were standing around the perimeters keeping watch. But, they hadn't come back into the feeding area. They had done so about 4:45 too. But, I just took a quick look around and didn't see anything. That is the time the bus brings the school kids home and they sometimes do a lot of hooting and yelling when they get home. Wolf howls out of the kids aren't uncommon. They're little. What do they know. With feeding the deer there too......you would think they might get a clue.
Anyway, the wolf made its way off, probably the same way it came in....probably on my ski trail. With more snow all the time and the wolves running on the ice........I just hadn't expected to see it there........out of the blue, with no warning. I don't know why. Since we had been having this "discussion" with the wolves about what belonged to who and what space belonged to who.....I was kind of thinking it was settled. They had been staying away. I guess it shows you should never let your guard down where they are concerned.
Won't happen again.......
This day, I had taken photos of the very fresh wolf tracks on the ice when I was out there. Shortly after I got back and dogs loaded and left........two wolves came by following our trail. Nice feeling. I often wonder, for all the wolves I do see, how many I don't!
Since I always do things with my faithful companions along......I have to always be vigilant. The wolves and I have quite this relationship. Love to look at them......don't mind seeing them......in someplace besides my yard. I have never done anything to make them feel welcome there as they don't intend to peacefully share anything with anyone else. So it goes. Some days are like that!