My dog Holtz and I are about the same physical age, his having caught up with me, both of us with some gray and stiffness. Dad seems to have passed us both in four months. I’m told that there may be an underlying physical condition for why of late he is showing prominent hip bones, a sparse coat, white fur and what resemble age spots, though he may have mange. I’m told that without a physical exam, there is no way to tell what is going on with him. Christine Barton of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center continues: “As long as he appears uninjured and able to move and function normally, there would be no reason to interfere with the natural progression of his life.” He may look like a beat up old coyote, but he isn’t acting like one.
Sunday before sunset, in the nature preserve, Dad placed himself in front of me and did some scraping. I took some pictures and Dad walked away from us. I began to walk away from him, towards the exit. Seeing me leave, Dad turned and trotted towards Holtz and me. I lobbed a golf ball towards him and he cut into the brush. At the exit he re-emerged at a trot, making sure we had got the message. Seeing us so close to the exit, he trotted off into the woods and disappeared. I would say that Dad continues to function normally.
Posting written by Charles Wood. Visit Charles Wood’s website for these and more coyote photos: Charles Wood. His work is copyrighted and may only be used with his explicit permission.