After the so-called snow storm, that left us with only a trace of snow on the ground, mommy and me went for our early morning walk. She had her camera with her, so I knew I would be slowed down in my quest for exercise: Samson, stop, Samson, wait, Samson, Stay........Been there done that.
Samson: Mommy, mommy can you smell -- oh no, of course you can't, but with the wet ground, you can see all the tracks, can't you?
Mommy: Yes, Samson, I can see them.
Samson: Mommy, mommy can we follow that one? I wonder if it's the lone California wolf?
Mommy: Samson, I think the lone wolf lives way north of here, so it's probably a coyote. Even though it looks like a mountain bike, weird....
Samson: What's a mountain bike?
Mommy: Never mind....
Then mommy says that coyotes walk in a straight line, like that, not like you dogs who are all over the place. When I ask why, mommy doesn't really know, but she thinks it's because they walk with a purpose. She says they have to find their dinner.
I'm wondering how they find their dinner, walking in a straight line like that. Do they know their dinner is waiting for them at the end of the line? Humans, you never know if they know what they're talking about. I find scents of critters walking to and fro. Is that a word? I bet mommy doesn't know. She's not even a real American, she was real old when she became one.
Mommy: Samson, what are you talking to yourself about?
Samson: Nothing, mommy, nothing.
After I put my nose to the ground and follow the tracks, I pick up different smells, rabbit for one. Here, someone scratched the ground, but I don't smell any pee. Soldier always scratches up a storm after he leaves his mark on a bush. Not me, I figure anyone can smell my stuff and know to stay away.
Talk about marks, mommy thought this picture was so pretty, she had to put her mark on it: Desert Canyon Living it says.
After we followed the tracks for a while, we saw how they turned and went under this juniper tree.
We could see how the grass was all matted down and we knew a critter slept here. Maybe for all night long, imagine that! In my backyard, they are all here, but we just don't see or hear them very often.
Have a nice day everyone!
Posted by Samson, the Samoyed