Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Doggy Style

Today I spotted a deer in the back yard…nothing unusual.

The deer was completely freaked out. It’s tail pointed to the sky and it moved quickly across the yard.

The speed was unusual. Even when I fill the bird feeders and startle the deer, they move away steadily and alert….nothing compared to this deer’s frantic movements.

A White tailed deer leaping and galloping away from danger with its tail on high alert.



The landing

I walked to the back to see what was causing the excitement. A strange dog came sniffing along the deer’s trail.

The strange dog causing the deer's terror trek.

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6 responses

  1. Jim Koski

    Deer are designed to be sprinters. They can run fast but just short distances. Dogs are marathoners, they can pursue a prey for miles on end. Dogs who chase deer give them a brutl death, they run them down and then kill them. Most hunters in the field seeing a deer chasing dog will kill the dog before the deer. That looks like a nice dog, If you know who it belongs to you may want to have them keep it home.

    January 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

    • melissakoski

      I opened the window and chatted with it to give the deer a lead. Probably silly, but I felt better. The dog returned the way it came rather than the path the deer fled. I’d never seen the dog before and was shocked to see a dog in the yard at all!

      January 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

  2. JLo

    Great catch lady!

    January 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jlo ♥

      January 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

  3. Those are really great action shots of the deer, especially on the landing.

    I sort of wish I owned that dog. He/she/it is beautiful.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    • melissakoski

      The dog looked very powerful and impressive.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

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