There are also parts of our trails that are marked by those we don't see in the daylight. These spots distract the St. Bernard who I often have to tell "Pee on it and be done" or else he would sniff the area all day.
So when we come across things that sometimes disturb us and hold our attention longer than needed, perhaps we should just "pee on it and be done."
Everyone knows you don't mess with a mama.
This past summer we happened upon an older doe, a younger doe and two fawns. There was a moment when I thought she was taking a defensive posture.
Despite all appearances, deer can cause damage especially when protecting young.
I quickly gathered the gang and headed off in a different direction. Down the path a ways I heard twigs breaking and vegetation crashing.
I nearly had a heart attack until I realized it was Kennedy, the goat, catching up to us.
"...perhaps we should just "pee on it and be done."
The trio of canines will often converge on a stand of timber. Often the chipmunk or other critter went up one tree and maneuvered itself onto another. However, sometimes the chipmunks can escape even when the dogs are guarding the same tree.
The little critters manage to run back down the tree and through 12 legs to freedom. I always giggle when I watch a chipmunk who was clearly outnumbered evade a bunch of crazy canines and go on its way.
Don't let butt-heads get to you.
In this world you will always have those who enjoy butting heads with others. They will bully others and sometimes try to engage you.
It is best to just try to avoid or distract them.
Eventually one who butts heads will meet up with another who enjoys butting heads and you can flee the scene.
It doesn't matter if are clearly away from the area where the water is. Someone will shake at some point and you will get showered with pond water and wet dog smell. If you manage to avoid the shaking shower, a wet canine will find you. It will want to be friends. Event if you elude soggy petting, you will be sideswiped by a doused doggy.
This goes for anything dead located in a one-mile walking distance of our paths. Occasionally a wild critter will leave some of its meal on or near the path we travel. This is a constant distraction for nosy canines. I will attempt to scoot the remains off the path only to find that furry feet have tracked my trail.
They then emerge covered in entrails or crunching on bones which are too small for them. This saga continues daily until I finally relent and pick up whatever is left of whatever carcass there is and deposit in the garbage at home.
This seems so ironic to me, because I believe that these remains should be left to decompose in the woods. However with the threats of daily baths and possible vet bills, removal is my only option.
The same goes with the goats. They're not attracted to dead things, just food. My parents' yard is out of the way, but it is full of acorns. We now have to make a detour every time we walk to the acorn patch. I tried to outwit the goats by walking even further out of the way, but they just made a 100-yard dash back to the acorns.
That's just the nature of things 'round here.