While things have been a little quiet on the travel front this summer, tonight I have a story for you, thanks again to my dog Auni.
As any of my followers know, Auni suffered from a broken leg this past winter, and already has arthritis in her front leg. So as part of her “therapy” to keep her as active as possible, we go on almost daily walks.
Tonight, we headed out for our constitutional after dinner, and after the thunderstorms decided to clear out, around 7pm.
We were having a nice leisurely walk, stopping to sniff anything that might be suspicious, and exploring everything that might have changed since our walk two days ago, when I happened to catch a glimpse of something moving out of the corner of my eye.
We have a creek that runs parallel to the road in our neighborhood, and most of the driveways have little bridges going over the creek to get up to their houses.
Taking his evening constitutional and heading across one of these little bridges in our direction was our neighborhood Black Bear.
When I saw him, we were about 10 feet from running smack dab into him at the end of the driveway.
Luckily, since he was looking in the other direction, and ambling even slower than my canine companion, we were able to quickly back up about another 10 feet and come to a stop before he got to the end of the driveway and the road we were on.
And it gave me a few seconds to get my camera.
I actually never carry my phone with me on our walks, but I happened to be waiting for a return call (on a package delivery issue, of course) and so had brought it with me tonight. However, my photography skills were a little lacking after this one picture when I realized he was looking right at us. I figured I should maybe pay more attention to what he was going to do, then take pictures.
And what did my faithful companion do? The same companion who literally turned into a wild woman 3 nights ago, when this guy was clearly outside our house around 10pm? That night she was pacing back and forth across the house, barking at every door and trying desperately to make me let her out to face her foe head on. (There were a few moments when I wondered why I wasn’t doing just that). But tonight, when she actually did confront her foe head on?
She sat calmly by my feet and watched him with me from our spot on the side of the road.
Which is probably a good thing in hindsight.
Our fellow ambler spent a few seconds in the above pose checking us out, and then turned and loped off across the street and into the yard on the other side, and we turned and continued our walk back to our house.
It’s always nice to make new friends in the neighborhood.