Friday, June 5, 2009

Just a story

In the early hours of the morning while it's still dark and the sun just has it on it's mind about coming up, I grab a cup of coffee and sit at my computer. It's my time to catch up on other's blogs and try and post comments. I have learned so much from others. Lisa over at Laughing Orca Ranch has been taking me on road trips through New Mexico...places that I know I will never actually get to visit in person. So I'm sitting here trying to post a comment on Lisa's blog and I look up and out the window to catch a glimpse of a beautiful coyote as it's cutting through the orchard. As the early light catches it, I can see it's grace as it moves with purpose towards the road in front of the house. As I'm watching it move, I'm thinking "where are my dogs? and why aren't they barking and alarmed that something has entered their territory?" It continues to move through the orchard and around the front of the house and hits the road, running along it's path between our house and the huge open cotton field out front. I get up from my desk and move out on the front porch to watch it continue it's journey. "Where are my dogs?" About this time, Harley is out front and catches a glimpse of it (remember a past post about her vigil watching the sun come up) and she's up on all fours now. With lightning speed she leaps out towards the coyote and the chase is on. She doesn't even waste precious breath to bark. The dust is flying. They are both running for their lives at top rates of speed. "What's going to happen if Harley catches up with it? Where are all the other dogs? I've never seen Harley run so fast!" ...then they both stop. The coyote turns and they face each other. "Oh, my gosh, they're going to fight!" The coyote runs towards Harley and they meet and greet each other with an affectionate show of play and then the coyote turns and trots off leaving Harley standing there wagging her tail. "What just happened?" Harley watches it as it disappears against the horizon of the cotton field and then goes about sniffing the trail left behind. About this time, here come all the other dogs barking and carrying on as if to proclaim they just chased away a monster.
Happy Trails..


  1. That's so cute! *Bad* guard dog! :)

  2. Perhaps if all your dogs had made it out there together, the pack mentality would have taken over and that coyote would have been history. Or not!
    Have a great day!

  3. Thank you for stopping by, I enjoyed getting to visit your bog too

  4. How crazy! I would be terrified to watch my dogs run after a coyote!
    I can hear the coyote's at night here, one night they were so close, it scared me. Tonight, we went on a trail ride. When we pulled into the trail head, we saw a coyote up the trail, the direction we eventually headed out. It was long gone by the time we got to that point in the trail.

  5. Oh that is so funny, Berte- I could just see that in my mind!

  6. Awww! I get to be listed in one of your coolest posts ever! :D

    Isn't nature amazing? She always keep us guessing and never fully shows herself. Always a mystery and full of surprises.

    I am truly enjoying your music playlist. Buffalo Hunt makes me get a little teary eyed.

    I hope you're having a beautiful weekend. I'm still up to my elbows is wet wool. heheh!

  7. Great story, Berte! Who ever knows what the animals are thinking. This story just tells me that these two animals are still family after all. You never know - Harley and the coyote may have played together before!

    I'm watching the egg count go up - I think I picked the 13th...

  8. Harley and the coyote reminds me so much of how we humans are at times. We see someone different....someone who might be an enemy....we want to let them know to stay away...and then, we meet and gee, this is such a nice person...glad to have met you...have a nice Just loved your story.. The other dogs barking makes me laugh! Harley and you know the truth! blessings,Kathleen

  9. Hey, Berte - I have a question. How are you "putting up" your squash? Can it be frozen?

  10. Don't you love those dogs. Sigh...mine do stuff like that too.


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