Pensive Dad

This Dad is meticulously assessing and re-evaluating the safety of his denning area’s periphery. It’s something he does on a continuing and regular basis, and now even more so during pupping season. You’ll see him slowly walking and looking around, sniffing for WHO might have been here, and he listens to the voices close by: he can tell he is off people’s radar and so is unconcerned about them.

This hidden tunnelway sees skunks, raccoons, squirrels, red tail hawks, sharp shins, stellar jays, rats and mice . . . and an occasional unleashed dog who’s gotten whiff of a coyote and decided to pursue it. He is able to “see” all of this through his nose.

You might wonder what exactly is going through this father’s mind as he carries out his job: your guess is as good as mine, but you can be sure he, as a father, has the same concerns and worries that a human father might have: I think it’s important to see these commonalities.

Afterwards, he takes a drink of water from a watering hole to the left and then “marks” the area before moving on. He spent seven full minutes reflecting and thinking as he looked around this one spot. This is his seventh year as a dad: he knows the ropes and what he has to do to keep his family safe.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hilary Cole
    Apr 29, 2020 @ 02:10:56

    Hi Janet…

    Another great post!

    I watched the video, and must admit, it troubles me to hear humans so loudly – virtually expect to see one pop up! I do hope that where he has chosen for his family, the location is unknown. After reading a particular comment regarding this family, which I wasn’t impressed with all!! Think you’ll know which one! It tends to bother me, that there are people out there, who will deliberately set out to endanger these beautiful animals. Some people are such sad beings aren’t they.. can’t enjoy nature – they just feel the planet is theirs alone, they are total aliens to me.

    I do hope they stay safe and happy as a family. Looking forward to your next post… Stay safe and well..

    Hilary 😊🦋

    Reply

    • yipps:janetkessler
      Apr 29, 2020 @ 04:24:16

      Thanks, so much, Hilary, for your comment: I value your input. Yes, entitlement is a problem for me, too: people’s convenience, their existence, their safety are paramount no matter what the price to others is, when a little tweaking is all it takes to make ‘a good life’ work for all concerned. :((

    • Hilary Cole
      Apr 29, 2020 @ 04:42:17

      Yes… totally agree with you Janet! Some humans are a total disgrace!!!

      Hilary 😊🦋

  2. Dan De Vries
    Apr 29, 2020 @ 22:02:59

    As John Prine had it, some humans ain’t human . . .

    Reply

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