^Devil Horns (ears) ^Shouting
Hi everyone. Remember me? The woman who has blogged for you two or three times a month for the last ten years, until my favourite little dog was stolen by a coyote just a few feet away from me, while I was taking photos of another dog, in the middle of the day, in my own backyard. And then I was just absolutely devastated. Destroyed. It was the singularly most terrible pet loss I have ever experienced and the guilt was overwhelming for a long, long time. It still is sometimes. It was a month before I could stop looking at lost and found sites online multiple times a day, just in case a miracle happened and he got away and was picked up by someone else. I’ve still never found any trace of him, or his collar.
I miss him every day.
It was a month or so before I could pick up the camera without feeling sad all over again. I was terrified to take my eyes off my little dogs and walked them on leashes for a long time, which was no fun for any of us. Some friends and I spent hours taking down all the blackberries and bushes along the fence line, and I spent days more with the weedwhacker, making the property edge sight lines clear so nothing could sneak up on us. It’s all grown back. There’s no way to keep up with it. A few weeks after we did that, a pair of coyotes stole a chicken at high noon right by my front door, which spurred me to completely fence my yard, so now at least the dogs can go out to pee and the chickens and ducks can come out of their pens safely. The yard’s not large enough to play in though, and I wish I could fence the whole upper and lower pasture :(
I finally had to take the camera out again to get photos of my foster dog, Tango, so he could find a home of his own. He did :)
I didn’t want to foster again because I felt so guilty about Little Man. But Tango needed somewhere to go, and I needed the coyotes to not run my life anymore. So I took him in, and I’m glad I did. He was a lot of fun, and he found a fantastic home.
I also needed to make friends with my camera again, because I had my annual gig photographing All The Aussies at the ASCofBC agility trial. So I spent two days taking hundreds of photos of dogs having super fun times!
I also got to run Spring at the trial and she earned a bunch of titles that weekend – now she’s in Elite Jumpers and Open Gamblers. She wasn’t running super fast, like in practice, but she seemed to be having fun and she didn’t pee in the ring even once, so I have hedged my bets and entered her in Regionals next month! Dexter is permanently retired from competition as he has been having difficulty jumping for many months now. We don’t know why, as he is not sore or limpy, but even at 16″ he stutter steps and sort of throws himself over the jumps, or avoids them altogether. And Fae is not ready to compete yet (though we have conquered her teeter phobia at last, and she has learned to weave!)
The competitors were super happy with their photos, and on that success I was invited to photograph a K9 Nosework trial, which is a whole other genre altogether. There sure were some cute dogs there!
Now I’ve been invited to photograph Schutzhund, which I am very excited about. And this coming weekend we return to lure coursing with Addypants, which she is very excited about, as she loves it. And I will be photographing that too, because it’s awesome!
So that’s life for us the last little while, in a nutshell. Everyone is doing well and enjoying their new fenced in yard. I enjoy it too, as sometimes when they are driving me bonkers I can just put them outside to amuse themselves.
Oh and I have a new foster dog too. Her name is Peetie, which is for PT, which is short for Pointy Thing. She is basically a tiny little girl-Dexter.
I *heart* her very much.
The other day I was out playing ball with the dogs when a coyote walked right out of the bush in the lower pasture and watched us. None of the dogs noticed; only I saw it. I immediately put my Littles in the fenced yard and then sent the big dogs after it, but it simply ducked away and returned a few moments later, still unnoticed by the other dogs until I pointed it out to Woo. The Terriers and the Aussies ran it off and I haven’t seen one since, but I know they’re out there. I never feel my dogs are safe.
I want to buy my Littles each one of these, with the spikes and the zapper. That way we stand a fighting chance if a coyote grabs Fae or Addy. But they are very spendy and I don’t have the money. So I ask you, blog readers, what sorts of Wootube related items can I produce that y’all might purchase so I can raise the cash to buy these? T-shirts? Books? Prints? You tell me, and I’ll try to make it happen.
(I also want to buy one of these and take care of the coyotes altogether, but they are even spendier!)
I am going to try to returning to blogging regularly, so feel free to nag at me if you haven’t seen anything from me for a while. I miss you guys!
I miss this guy too. RIP, my sweetest Little Man.