Thursday, December 16, 2010

Coyotes, again

We are still tracking Coyotes.    This morning about 9:00, the bright sun was streaming in.   Bella and I had just finished our 8:00 nap and we were about to start our 9:00 nap which is how we rest up for more serious napping later in the day.    Stella was outside chasing squirrels up and down the back fence, in the bright morning sunlight.  Suddenly Stella began barking her serious bark.   Bella and I looked out the back patio door and saw a scary scene.   Only about 30 feet from the back fence stood a coyote, staring intently at either Stella, or the squirrel on the tree limb over her head.  We were barking up a storm (not tweeting), the chauffeur opened the back door to look out,  we rushed out and ran to the back fence to protect little Stella.   The coyote watched us run out to challenge him, then turned and strolled off.   Coyotes have been seen picking up the apples that fall outside of our fence, and the squirrels are always sneaking down the tree to pick up the fallen apples inside the fence, there are no more on the tree for them so they wait till we are not on duty, then sneak and apple.   But poor Stella runs funny (she rabbit hops with both rear legs moving together) due to her hips, we worry that she might be a target. 

Obviously he was not impressed with our showing of strength by the way he just walked away.  The coyotes have become much more brazen in the last two weeks.   This means we are spending less time just running inside and then back out.   The dog door is closed more and we are expected to go out together and come back in together.   The open door policy is only during hours when we can be watched.    The chauffeur has a habit of picking up the lid on the gas grill and dropping it before he lets us out, it makes a very loud crash.    Somehow he thinks this is going to scare off coyotes.   It takes a Golden Retriever. 

We will keep our eyes pealed and we will soon scare the coyotes out of the area. 

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. We live in a big town, so thankfully we don't have to deal with those pesky coyotes. Good job on keeping them away! We do however have those silly squirrels and believe you me, we give them a good run for their money!
    Bones and treats
    Bronson and Pepper

  2. Mogley, I know you are trying to be brave but just be careful...They are not animals to be messed with! and take care of each other like you already are...

  3. GReat showing of solidarity as woo told 'em to move along - there is nothing to see here!

    Your khoyotes and our khoyotes are slightly difFURent in makeup -

    We know they khause 'issues' but Mom admires their perseverance and such - AND their beaWOOty of khourse -

    I applaud THEIR flooooofy tails!


  4. Bless your little hearts, you went out to rescue Stella. We guess barking was the best, fastest and most efficient way to let the chauffeur know there was danger at hand.

    We are proud of you!

    Earnhardt, Lady(senior, Sandy Paws and Oliver.

  5. Hmmmm, Coyotes are the worst kind of danger - unpredictable. We have TONS at our place in Arizona. They feast on quail and bunnies, so usually they are not interested in big Goldens and even bigger KT. They travel in packs of 3 or 4 to scare up, herd then capture bunnies. There are reports every year of many little dogs with dumb owners who run after the coyotes, yapping little little idiots and are never seen again. Lady is off-leash during the day, but never at night. No doggy door in AZ like we have in Seattle. I have been told that you can buy mountain lion scent to spread on the property boundary. It discourages coyotes from approaching.

  6. We have lots of coyotes, but they normally just run away before you get close.

  7. Be careful Mogley! It sounds like you are being careful. We have lots and lots of coyotes right around our house. We don't have a fenced yard so I don't have experience with how a coyote handles dogs inside a fence... But, we do know from our wildlife cameras that the coyotes leave as soon as we open any door on the house. If we didn't have the cameras, we wouldn't know that they were around so much.

    But, when our dogs are on off-leash romps near our house, we are always on the look-out for coyotes. They have a common strategy for taking dogs. One comes out of the trees acting playful and lures a dog into chasing him back into the trees. The rest of the pack waits in the trees. It's pretty scary. I've spent hours and hours and hours training my dogs to recall off of coyote scent. So far, they've done great.

    It sounds like you're being super careful, which makes me very happy. I don't want anything to happen to any of you!

    BTW, the story of the many naps, and using naps to rest up for the next nap really made me chuckle!

  8. Glad to hear that you traveling in packs - show them coyotes whose territory they are trying to move in on! I'm glad (I think) that we only have to deal with moose and elk and not coyotes! Actually, I don't really like moose, either....

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  9. I live in town and see squirrels mostly and some birds, but it gets too cold for much else. Just be cautious with them, they will probably be scared enough to stay away for a few days after your raid on them. But don't go out loose looking for them!


  10. That is super scary! Be careful!


  11. Hi Y'all,

    Make sure y'all gather up Nala and Stella when y'all are called inside. Wild animals prey on the weak stragglers.

    Your Humans are smart wanting all of you to go in and out together!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  12. We hear coyotes and find their poop around here all the pups be very careful and do what hooman says! Sometimes they do know best!
    Wrooo wrooo,
    Zack, Sassy and Buddy