Petting Coyotes is not a Good Idea

22 02 2012
Family dog Honey does not like to get her photo taken which is why the photos of her I have used in this blog are less than stellar. Well, that and my lack of photography skills. I don’t want to place all the blame on the dog! If you could visit her in person you would be able to see that she appears to be a mix of Australian Cattle Dog and Rat Terrier. She has the upright ears, pointed snout, and merl coloring (think Bambi) of the Australian Dingo, which is one of the many dogs that contributed DNA to Australian Cattle Dogs. She is thinner and has longer, skinnier legs than a typical Australian Cattle Dog due to the Rat Terrier part of her lineage. All of this leads up to a story that Eldest Daughter told me (which she said I could put on my blog!).

Eldest Daughter was leaving the apartment of a friend last night near the campus of her university. The friend was walking Eldest out when Eldest spotted a dog only 10 feet away, maybe less. The dog looked just like her own dog Honey so Eldest started making lovey noises and calling the dog over to be petted. The dog didn’t come over but didn’t seem all that disturbed that these humans had appeared and kept trotting down the sidewalk. Just then the pooch trotted into a pool of light and Eldest and her friend got a good look at it. “Oh my gosh!” Eldest exclaimed. “Its a coyote!” At which point her friend said (with great alarm), “You are trying to pet a coyote!!!!!”

Honey showing off her Dingo profile.

When Eldest Daughter got home she informed me that our dog had ruined her, or at least ruined her ability to tell the difference between a wild dog and a domesticated one! We have long ago noticed that our dog closely resembles the wild dogs of our neighborhood so we always make sure she is fixed up with a collar and a tag.   This is why one of her nicknames is “Dingy Dingo.”




One response

22 02 2012
Paprika Furstenburg

A few years ago I was sitting on my couch next to the sliding glass doors that lead out to the patio. Something moving on the patio caught my eye and I looked out and saw an animal. I thought to myself, “Gee, that’s a funny looking dog. Hmm…that dog has a really bushy tail. Wow! That dog is a really unusual reddish color. Oh, that’s not a dog. It’s a fox!”

I’m sure if I had been with your daughter I’d have attempted to pet the coyote, too.

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