the sage smelled great, like always during or just after a rain. another big bonus was that there was no one else out. just me & the dogs in the rain. very nice.
as we headed down red fox i saw what i thought was a dog head into the bushes. as we passed the area & there was no sign of a dog, i decided it must have been a fox or coyote. dog would have come out to greet us. good reminder that there is often wildlife right off the trail that may not be visible. good reason to keep an eye on dags and have them under control.
tracy saw a dog (brown & black terrier type, smallish) chasing deer this weekend on the hill above red fox toward the houses. no owner in sight. couldn't tell if it was just turned out (i've seen those again lately). she did hear a person make one attempt to call a dog, but couldn't tell if it was this one.
even if one chooses to ignore the damage done to wildlife from being chased by dogs, how do people not worry about their pets- about them coming back, or chasing an animal across a street or into some other bad situation? there is just nothing about that behavior that's ok. and if an owner can't keep a dog from chasing, they should be leashed. period.starting up chickadee, where it is more mud & less sand, someone had done some slip sliding, a good reminder of how different the soil can be in just a short stretch.