|Look in the direction Maya is pointing and you can make out two small|
deer standing near the tall, dry grass.
It was late in the afternoon and we were walking along that narrow strip of mowed but taller grass that separates the soccer fields from the woods. We stopped and I looked towards the woods and saw two small deer, maybe 20 feet away, both frozen in place staring at us. They were wee deer, not even as tall as some of the dried grass that camouflaged them.
|Here's a cropped version of the pic, making the deer easier|
When Maya finally moved the deer turned and dashed away, along with at least one more that I hadn't seen before.
|When Maya moved, the deer turned and took off. You can see the white tail on one of them.|
|Intact leash on the left, broken green leash on right.|
I had Max on the end of this leash when it happened. Fortunately, we were at home at the time. It broke just as we were leaving the house. Max wouldn't come to me, of course, so he didn't get to go on the walk. I eventually chased or lured him into the dog yard and I went off with Maya and Trooper instead.
This worries me though. If it had happened out on the trails, with Max or any other dog, I might have lost a dog, particularly if it had snapped when they were pulling hard after spotting deer. I've gone back to using my big rope leashes for now, but I wonder if I shouldn't have some sort of fail safe system in place. This will require some thought.
This package was an Amazon order, addressed to me. Although I need to place an Amazon order I hadn't done so yet so I wasn't sure what this was.
I opened it and discovered it was a gift from a friend and blog follower, in response to one of my recent posts about ending my hikes in the dark. It's a headlamp, essentially a flashlight mounted on a strap that you wear around your head for hands-free light when you need it.
It was a very thoughtful, unexpected, and delightful surprise and I look forward to using it.