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.)