The Pack Expands

I haven't taken a single wildlife photo so far this weekend :eyes: :faint:

There is a reason for that. Let me introduce you to her 😀

This is Chiara, and as of yesterday she is officially a member of the pack!

She's a rescue dog – a seven month old German shepherd. And she's coming with me to Canada :yes:

I would love to take Kelly with me too but she's too old and too highly strung to be flown safely, and taking her by ship turned out to be impossible 😦 So she's going to be living with Leila and my parents while I'm away. I'll miss her dreadfully (we've barely been apart since I was 11 years old) but now I've got a new friend to think about 🙂

Chiara has much to learn about wildlife, the countryside and foxes (and bears! :eyes:) She has seen rabbits and squirrels while I've been walking her, probably for the first time. Like Kelly she appears to have a strong herding instinct but doesn't seem inclined to use that on wildlife. Fortunately!

The Old Dogfox has seen her from the safe side of the patio fence and interestingly, retreated a little even though she showed no aggression at all. I assume he realises that she is the same species as Leila, who causes him no alarm. Or does he realise that? What wild animal shows as much variation as the breeds of domestic dog? Perhaps he thinks Leila, Kelly and Chiara are all separate wolf-like species! :confused:

(By the way his limp is still present, but he seems mobile enough.)

About Adele Brand

UEA Ecology grad, typically sighted in the company of a tall graceful Belgian shephard dog and often trying to carrying a big camera around. Dislikes urban habitat but is comfortable in either prairie or mountain biomes. Frequently watching, or being watched by, foxes.
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14 Responses to The Pack Expands

  1. Flying Red Fox Blog says:

    Chiara is so sweet, i love German Shephards :heart: They remind me of Wolves somehow lol:PWhen are you moving to Canada again i forgot? I know you will miss Kelly, iam sure she will be thankful for you not taking her as the stress would have been too much maybe.Thanks for the advice on the natural Slug prevention site, i will try and get those in the future, i hope iam not a serial slug killer now those poor thingies!

  2. SittingFox says:

    😀 I leave here on June 2nd but am going to southern Alberta first, so the pet transport company will have to meet me on Vancouver Island with Chiara in mid June. I think Kelly will be fine – she loves the North Downs and my mother and the house etc – but I will miss her! 😥 Of course, when I come back, I'll have two of them to walk! :eyes: We had a German shepherd when Kelly first came home at six weeks old, and she's reacted so calmly to Chiara that I think she associates her with dear old Tara.She is wolf-like. More like a red wolf, perhaps! 😀 (Those ears!) Kelly could pass as a maned wolf, come to that. I wonder if my affection for wild canids is subconsciously affecting my choice of breeds! :eyes:I've found Slug Stoppa to be very useful, so I hope it works out fine for you too :up:

  3. SittingFox says:

    Cute! :DFortunately Kelly seems quite laid back about the new arrival. I was concerned that she may be a little jealous but she's okay. I took her out for a walk by herself this afternoon anyhow.

  4. Flying Red Fox Blog says:

    I saw a German Shephard puppy in the Park this afternoon, it was so sweet and i tickled his tummy :heart: Benjie got jealous lol:P

  5. SittingFox says:

    Well, I took a photo of a magpie this evening… ;)We had to go right up to Lincolnshire to collect her so most of yesterday was spent travelling. I took Kelly out for a photo-walk this afternoon but one of the meadows was being mown, and the foxes had obviously taken themselves out of earshot. 😦

  6. Words says:

    She's gorgeous! And how wonderful that she's going to be travelling with you. And yes, a perfect excuse for no photos of wildlife. But not even one? A stray insect or bird? Chiara has really turned on the charm. And she takes a great photo. 😀

  7. nopanic says:

    AAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! :heart::love: :heart: She is so beautiful:)

  8. SittingFox says:

    :happy: :DI have Kelly asleep to the left of me :left: and Chiara asleep on the right :right: and I daren't move, because I don't want to wake either of them! :zzz:

  9. ALLY_G says:

    With Chiara you will have a good companion, I think. Even if she will have a lot to learn about the wild animals. And that will be a lot of work for you… Nice photo of her! :heart:I understand your sadness for Kelly, but when you come back, the joy will be great for both of you.

  10. SittingFox says:

    :happy:Chiara's lovely. And you'll probably hear Kelly's barks from Germany when Chiara and I return! 😀 :sing:

  11. 老杜 says:

    Wow~~~~~I love German Shephards and Golden Return.Can chiara take the plane with you go to Canada?

  12. SittingFox says:

    Hi,Well, she will go in a special pet carrier but not on the same flight as me. I'm going to a place called Waterton Lakes first for a while, and then on to the house after that. So she's staying with the pet travel company and then joining me in mid-June.

  13. sprogger says:

    lovely looking pup:)

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