Remember that line we all practiced when first learning to type — “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”? Well, in my neighbor’s backyard, the quick red fox doesn’t come near the dog but is surprisingly brave when the dog is around.
I was quite surprised to see the red fox taking a nap in broad daylight the other day, but the sun was brightly shining, the snow had melted on the hillside, and the breeze was practically non-existent. So, a perfect warm afternoon for a snooze.
Periodically, I scan this hillside to see if the fox is moving around up there, but this posture really surprised me.
Then, out with a loud “woof” bounds Riley for her afternoon romp in the remaining snow banks.
The quick response of the fox was to dash into the underbrush.
Can that dog see me here?
Moving off while watching where the dog is going. Amazingly, the dog never smelled or saw the fox but it stayed quite still while watching every move the dog made.
Riley decided to snooze on a bare patch of ground near her back door, so the fox climbed up the hill, found a warm spot at the base of a tree and continued its nap. Amazing tolerance of the dog’s presence. You can just barely see it curled up with its muzzle between its paws.