Despite the dogs’ best efforts to deter them, sometimes the mischief comes from wildlife! We have White-tailed deer in our area, and since my hubby started our yard clearing project to reduce the fleas and ticks (which, by the way, seems to be working, but more on that in another post), we’ve been seeing some regular visitors to our yard. They’ve always been there, as evidenced by the destruction of my hosta lilies and some other flowers, but we didn’t usually get to enjoy seeing them.
The dogs spend a lot of time on watch for the deer, but sometimes they bark at them and sometimes they don’t. Luke has been pretty good about barking and scaring them away in the morning when he’s seen them in my flower garden.
But this lady made a visit in the middle of the morning on Saturday, and no one ever barked at her. I was alerted to her presence when Cricket’s nose went in the air (she was in the house) and she went running to the door. This happens a lot….they smell them probably more often than they see them! I was able to grab the camera and get some photos. I actually walked all the way down to the fence and though she kept a close eye on me, she didn’t run away for a while.
I think this is the same one we’ve seen several mornings, and she often has a little one with her (I need to get some photos of that fawn too).
It seems kind of funny that most of the time when Luke barks at them, it is when they are in my flower garden, and they all often ignore them when they’re just down in the yard munching on the edge of the woods! The deer also have luckily so far stayed out of my vegetable garden area, even though they could easily jump the fence into it. Hopefully they’ll get barked at then if they ever decide to try it!
Thank you to Bev (FozzieMum) for the inspiration for this post (her wildlife includes kangaroos) and to Mrs. Deer for actually showing up when I needed her to!
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