My last post was about our tough Rottweiler growling (from the safety of behind her window) at a coyote in our yard. Here’s an update that might make you laugh.
Yesterday morning I let her out into the back yard and she disappeared. Our backyard is small and fenced, but she was gone. I looked everywhere using the flashlight, but no dog. I checked the house multiple times. I finally woke the husband. He started searching and I got in the truck to drive the area.
As I came around the backside of the fence, I saw a dark shape go into the bushes. I told my husband to check back there because she’d obviously got out somehow. A few minutes later he called and said she was in the house.
I’d checked the house. Thoroughly. He said her fur was cold like she’d just come in (our snow isn’t that long gone so it’s still chilly).
In daylight, he looked around but found no spot where she could have escaped the fence.
This morning I had to go out to our shop. The dog went with me. But she acted strangely. She stayed glued to my side and at the shop she raced ahead of me to get inside, and then didn’t want to come out. When I finally got her to come out, she walked glued to me again.
My husband said maybe she was smelling the coyote and was scared.
So when she was missing she could very well have just been hiding. Four in the morning, no ambient light, a black dog…she could have been under the deck with her eyes screwed shut and no flashlight beam would have found her.
And then driving to work afterwards, some pieces fell together.
It’s spring. Bears are coming out of hibernation but no berries are out yet.
Last year we had a bear come over the fence into the back yard.
There was that black shadow I saw outside the fence going into the bushes.
If the dog was hiding, what did I send my husband into the bushes to find?
And maybe…just maybe…we should pay more attention when our dog is scared outside.