Lucy has the best night vision. Many late nights when I take her out into the fenced backyard for evening business, she spots something in the dark that I can’t see. She’ll fixate on something outside the fence line and paw at it, barking and running back and forth. There’s not much lighting beyond our yard, so I always go out with a big flashlight so I can see what’s moving out there.
I don’t usually see much.
When she barks about some unseen night visitor, I shine the light over to where I think she’s looking and sometimes catch a little movement in the bushes. But so far I could never see what she’s looking at.
Until the other night. I shined the light where Lucy was pointing and there it was. A big fox looking back at me. His eyes glowed like bright marbles when the beam hit his face. Lucy was barking and moving back and forth, even more so now that the fox was literally in the spotlight.
I said to the fox: “Psssst. Hey. Fox. Get out of here!”
The fox didn’t say anything, but ran off.
Then I heard our fence rattle and turned the light over to the sound. The fence just finished shaking a little, and I suddenly realized that’s where Bella had been standing. That girl jumped the fence again, something she hadn’t done for quite some time. I guess the fox motivated her to go for it again.
Luckily, the fox was long gone and Bella came right back when I called her. That could have ended ugly.
Lucy enjoyed watching all of this, and calmed down once the fox was away and Bella was back inside.
This also shed some light on why both dogs sniff the ground like crazy each morning when I take them out before the sun rises. Between visiting foxes and packs of coyotes we often hear outside in the middle of the night, I’m sure our ground captures a lot of wild scents. They frantically pace and smell the grass each morning and I always wonder what’s up.Now I wonder if those coyotes or foxes hop inside our fence at times…
Well, the mountain visitors aren’t going to stop coming by, so I just have to deal with it. Now Bella has been placed on extended leash probation. She’s just too good at fence-hopping and has truly perfected it to an art form. Lucy, who is more than twice her size, still wonders how on earth Bella gets over to the other side.
I’m very thankful Lucy doesn’t jump fences. And that Bella at least listens well to voice commands.
Here are a couple photos of our latest night fox exploration.