This summer our wildlife sightings have been a little different from years past, however.
|My dog and I walked right past this deer this week - and the dog had no idea the deer was there.|
Diminished sensesA huge population of deer roam this area, and often sleep in the shade of our house. They have been
a source of fascination for our dog. She has always kept tabs on them, and alerts us when they are near. At least - she used to. Sadly, our dog is now 12 and is beginning to show signs of aging. Her eyesight has become a little cloudy, and her hearing has diminished greatly. Unless the wind is right, a deer can be quite close and she may be quite unaware.
|Her senses may be aging and she's gone a little grey - but while hiking our dog certainly doesn't look like she is 12!|
A rare visitorThe other difference in our wildlife sightings this summer is that I have been seeing an animal I never used to see. While watering a flower bed this week, I looked through the plants and saw a little bunny!
|I noticed this little guy when he scooted out from under the plants to avoid getting a shower from my garden hose!|
Perhaps though, this little rabbit is savvy enough to survive. This morning I watched him dart in a crisscross pattern, ducking from cover-to-cover to cross the lawn. He seems to like strawberries and lettuce too - as I have found bites out of both in my garden!
Do you see wildlife where you live?
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