Today’s walk back in the cow pasture was a little bit more exciting than most. As we started out, Tippy stopped, gave a serious look, ears back, and took off running as fast as she could. I was expecting to see the usual squirrel, rabbit, turkey, or deer. Nope. It was a racoon! Not sure why it was out at 3:00 in the afternoon. It didn’t look or act sick, so maybe it knew a storm was brewing for the night and it needed to get something to eat before it hit. Here is a stock picture of a racoon, in case they aren’t indigenous in your part of the world.
Fortunately, trees were nearby and it managed to outrun Tippy to the nearest one and scurry up.
Do you see it? It was well camouflaged.
I’ll help you out in case you can’t.
Tippy did eventually leave it alone and followed me on back into the hills. It was long gone by the time we got back.
We also found interesting insects and spiders on some daisies. The spiders are the Goldenrod Spider which feed on insects that land on the flowers. They are very well camouflaged too.
To top it off, Tippy either ran through the edge of the pond looking for the racoon, or just waded in to get a drink, but she was pretty nasty from the belly down when we got home. After getting a drink, she got rinsed off before being allowed in the house.
After that adventure, what was there to do except take a nap on the cool kitchen tile.
Did you have any exciting adventures today?