A silent communion
Not the Coyote we saw yesterday, but a Coyote from Yellowstone. Photo credit: Jim Peaco
My Borders, Bossy and Bark, normally sound off when an off-leash dog approaches us. But not yesterday.
Yesterday at Hilton Falls we met one of our resident Coyotes as we crested a hilltop. It’s the second time in the last six months we’ve been lucky like this. Last time we were coming around a corner on a forest path and I thought I was seeing the hind end of a young deer.
This time, the Coyote was out in the open. At first I thought I was seeing an off-leash German Sheppard running towards us. Expecting a vocal explosion from my terriers I stopped and looked around, preparing to ask the owner to recall his dog.
But when we stopped, the ‘dog’ stopped. And for a few seconds of suspended time we all gazed at each other, the ‘dog’ looking straight at us without a hint of confrontation in his body or attitude. No owner in sight. Certainly not a Sheppard. A handsome Coyote instead.
Far too quickly he turned and vanished into the hillside woods behind him, running through a carpet of fall leaves without making a sound. Bossy and Bark didn’t make a peep either. Just like when we met the Deer-Coyote in the woods in the summertime. A silent communion. Some amazing grace.
Bark Border Enjoys Reading Game of Thrones With Sister/Cousin
Border Terriers Love To Read (with their favourite people)
Yesterday I said “Winter’s Coming!”. That reminded me of the Game of Thrones family motto and this moment between Bark and “Sister/Cousin” and a laid back afternoon they spent reading one of the books. Bark prefers the book form of Game of Thrones to the TV version. WAY less gratuitous smut.
People who know terriers think that they aren’t well suited to Guide Dog Service functions (What car? Get that squirrel instead!), but Border Terriers make awesome Reading Service dogs. Patient. Encouraging. Happy just to hang out with you for hours. Keep on reading, Sister/Cousin.
-8 this morning with frost on the ground. Winter is coming. Playtime!
photo credit: A. Beaudin
Service dogs are often trained to alert others if their person gets into trouble. Sometimes they run circles around a wheelchair and other times they bark until help comes. A good job for a vocal breed group.
Terriers are good working dogs. For many, ‘service work’ is great casting for their skills, sensitivities and loyal natures.
Read more about Bingo, the Jack Russell Terrier, who has lived his life according to Terrier Logic:
3. Love your human companion with all your heart.
9. Remember persistence pays off.
11. Tune into every thought and feeling your human companion has.
13. Bark until your (good) work is acknowledged.
About Bingo, reblogged from: BUCKET LIST FOR DYING SERVICE DOG « Booksforever1blog. BarkUpToday!.
The Parkour Terrier video reminded me of this rocking, old classic YouTube video of two Border Terriers having such a good time playing to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now“. You’ll feel happy just watching them.
Nothing makes me belly laugh as much as watching my Bossy and Bark (both Borders)tear through the woods, run around and jump over the bushes, ducking, diving and rolling. Stopping long enough to lap some water. Two dogs, one bowl. Ear to ear. Two sets of tags raining on the side of the dish. Then off again they go for more laps around the yard before they finally flop down, sides-heaving, with the most satisfied grins on their sweet faces. Now that’s all-out Terrier Play.
- Bossy and Bark Border Having Such a Good Time. Copyright, Terrier Logic 2012
Watch it now: Don’t stop me now… – YouTube. And laugh with me.
This video also might answer a question just asked online:
“Why does my Border Terrier bark and pull me when he sees other dogs on his walk?” Wouldn’t you, if you had so much fun with your friends? Too bad people don’t work so hard to get more joy into their lives. Another reminder from our precious canine friends to Live with passion. That’s Terrier Logic # 12.
Parkour dog. This astonishing Staffordshire Terrier makes most terriers look comatose. Watch this RIVETING video (follows a short commercial not of my doing–sorry–it’s worth the wait).
This boy understands Terrier Logic # 12: Live with Passion. You’ll never look at a standard agility course the same way. And you’ll probably join me in never whining about your high-energy terrier ever again.
We should all Live With the Spirit of Parkour.
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