My standard greeting for a new dog I encounter is to hold out my hand and say, “Hi, Puppy!” I do not know if the dogs like that greeting or not. At least I have not been bitten yet.
I was walking around the neighborhood the other day and saw a pretty red dog watching me from someone’s backyard. I think he wanted to come out and play:
That was a good-looking dog, wonder where I could get one?
OK, yes, there is more to the story. . . .
Even though I live in Lincoln it is not unusual to spot foxes and even coyotes. Those sightings can send some city-slickers into a panic, but my family and I always keep our eyes open for all urban wildlife and especially furry predators.
In past springs we have spotted fox pups at a den not far from our house, so we are particularly on the look for foxes during the spring.
The “rest of the story” is that I spotted a couple of adult foxes not far from our home one afternoon, and watched as they trotted into a backyard. Cruising through the neighborhood, I looked alongside a house and spotted a couple, three fox pups frolicking in someone’s backyard under the watchful eyes of the fox parents. Of course when I returned with the camera, the pups never showed themselves again, but I captured one of the adults standing guard.
If you see me creeping around the neighborhood, don’t worry, I am just looking for foxes.
I wonder if the homeowner even knew they had a family of foxes in their backyard?
There was one other night early this spring when I was awakened by the sound of foxes barking outside. At least they were close enough to my place that I could hear them!
Actually, there is a very healthy population of red fox in Lincoln city limits, Urban Foxes. We sure have enough squirrels and rabbits for them to eat!
It makes my day anytime I spot wildlife like red fox near home. After spotting the backyard fox, we frequently saw the adults in our neighborhood for a week or two, but not much after that. Once the pups get old enough, I believe they are on the move quite often. I am sure we will see them, or hear them, again one of these days!
Have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to spend some time hunting or fishing this weekend, but even if you do not get outta town, keep your eyes peeled!