Friday, September 07, 2007

Shadow and Red Fox

Still hot and dry in these parts. No rain yet, not even a sprinkle. I haven't been on the computer that much for various different reasons. I hate not commenting on my favorite blogs as much as I'd like, but sometimes it just isn't possible. I'm sure we all have those times!

This is Shadow that lives down the road. He's really pretty. Pup loves to get close enough to lick him on the nose!! There use to be miniature ponies in this field and Pup loved them too. He always got excited and wanted to see them. I guess he has a fascination for horses (like me!), because he'll just stop and sit there and doesn't want to move on.

A few nights ago I was up at 2 a.m. and I looked out the front window. There was a young fox standing right in front of the steps. I opened the door and stepped out on the porch and it was gone in a flash! The next night it was 1 a.m. and I heard what I thought was a dog barking and it sounded like it was in our yard. I got up and went out on the porch and there it sat at the end of the driveway barking. I thought it was a dog! I went back in and got clothes on and went back out with the flashlight. I started up there and shined the light on him and off he went. That's when I saw it was a fox instead of a dog! I've never been that close to one barking before. It sounded different, kind of like a chihuahua with a sore throat! It's a pretty young red fox. No lack of the critters we have around here!


Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Yes we all have time when it is hard to set at the computer. Nice weather (anything but snow) doesn't help a lot.
I have seen a red fox or two from a distant but never up close.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

It's been a while since we have seen fox, but we hear coyotes nightly, and spot deer in the field behind us on a regular basis. So much better than city life!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Your critters are probably looking for food and water as our wild animals have been during our drought.

Praise the Lord, we've gotten about 2 inches of rain over the last several days, and have a good chance of more over the weekend and early next week. I am so thankful for the rain and cooler temperatures! I hope y'all get a good rain soon, Rachel.

Have a good weekend!

Love and hugs,


11:52 AM  
Blogger T*mmy said...

I've been missing you but now I understand ;)

Shadow is a pretty horse!!

And the fox may be looking for water...I remember one dry summer in KY when a coon became brave enough to come up in the looked so hungry...maybe put out a pail of water for the fox...

11:57 AM  
Anonymous tracey said...

Pup looks like Homeland Security!!!

Shadow is pretty. Did you know that horses cannot be white? He looks like a Perlino, with that pink nose and blue eyes...

12:18 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Horses are so beautiful.
I guess I never thought about what a fox sounds like.
A barking chihuahua with laryngitis!!
That's a great description!!
Now I know what a fox sounds like without ever having heard one.

We had a LOT of rain the day before yesterday.
It rained in the daytime and then ALL night.
We are supposed to have more rain starting tonight and then off and on through Tuesday.
I'll do a rain dance and send some your way.

I'm eager to write my next post about our meeting!!!!!!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

Beware of animals that pretend to bark like dogs! LOL

1:30 PM  
Blogger TN said...

Hi Rachel. I know...somedays it's just hard to get to the computer. we all have days like that....Not to worry!
I hope the bears don't come out! Clara

2:03 PM  
Blogger Lib said...

Enjoyed your post.
Don't you enjoy the wildlife? We have alot here ,but we respect them and keep our distance.

2:39 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It's like our cayote's here...they howl like dogs and in fact a barking howling dog can get them started and it's like the whole hill across from me has a Chorus of Howling Cayote's...! LOL!

Was that fox pretty? I've never seen a fox before. You were brave to go out there and I love that he was still there after you went back in and put on some clothes!
Maybe he is lonely Rachel.(lol)

4:14 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I once saw a red fox in the field behind the house I lived in at the time. I had never seen one before or since. It was a very pretty little thing and I was really surprised at how big and fluffy it's tail was. Where I live now, we used to hear a lot of coyotes, but not much any more. Now we have an abundance of wild rabbit's and deer taking over the place! My sister, who lives next door to me, once saw a coyote that looked like it was starving so she put some dog food out for it. I think Diane is right about your barking fox. The poor things have no place to get water as everything is dried up.
We haven't had a good rain in quite a while and I need to get the sprinkler on the garden tomorrow. I was going to do it today but got busy canning applesauce.
Have a great week end.

9:24 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

You have a fox hanging around and I have a bear! lol When I hear noises outside at night now, no way do I go out there...don't want to meet the bear face to face, bad enough watching it through the window! That picture of the pup and the horse is so adorable!! I can't get over how you've had no rain yet, makes you wonder what's going on with Mother Nature these days!! xox

10:56 AM  
Blogger nora said...

I've also been known to put on my robe and head outdoors to check out a sound. Be careful my friend. I'm glad the fox was not feeling frisky.
That also made me think of the typing exercise --"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"

Who ever thought we'd be using our typing skills so much? When I learned on those dang manual typewriters I was sure I'd never have any reason to type!

I hope you're doing okay--

1:36 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


You're very brave to go out in the middle of the night like that! Be careful!!

...SO- I'm not the only one who is sometimes awake in the wee hours fact- last night was one of those nights for me!

Hey- hope you get your rain soon!


7:47 PM  
Blogger wazza said...

Gidday Rachel,

Thanks for dropping by my blog.
At least your fox ran away when it saw you, not like the drop bear or even the hoop snake that are posted on my blog. We often get dingoes (wild dogs) that come into some of our outlying suburbs. These can be very dangerous especially when cornered.

4:42 AM  

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