Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wildlife Encounter - The Deer That Got Away

The scene: Monday evening, approximately 7:30 pm. Front yard of our house in paradise.

The characters:
The Man - standing on the front deck so he wouldn't get rained on. This gives him a higher vantage which is important.
Hailey - On her tie out, near the front deck, not enjoying the rain.
The Lady - standing on the grass in the rain, playing fetch with Phod
Phod - playing ball

Here is what Lady saw:
The Lady throws the ball, aka Precious, for the Phod.
Phod runs after precious.
Phod picks up Precious and stops to pee.
The Man yells "There is a deer right there."
Lady yells back "I can't see it from here."
Both start calling Phod.
Phod drops his ball and goes after the deer.
Lady sees nothing but then sees the deer come back a bit and disappear into the bush.
Phod comes back, finds Precious, and everyone goes in.

Here is what Man saw:
Phod ran after the deer.
The deer ran toward the fence into the horse field.
The deer for whatever reason doesn't jump.
Phod jumps up on the deer in a play way.
The deer may or may not have kicked him, the deer was kicking, but Phod didn't yelp and showed no injury after.
The deer ran away.

The evidence:
On our walk the next morning we saw where this happened.
If you look closely (left of the centre post at the top) at the fence you can see the deer hair on it. This spot on the fence is near this branch, which may have been why the deer didn't jump. Also the horses could have been there (we didn't check that).
There is a lot of hair. This could be because of Phod touching it or a fear response. There was no sign of blood or anything. We are assuming the deer was scared and not hurt.
The dogs really want to eat all that hair . . . which by the way kind of constipates Hailey.
I think the most upset about all of this was Hailey. She wanted to get the deer.

Now if we could get one of them to get the mouse!

Lots of help


  1. Gee, never knew so much could happen in the rain.

  2. Oh poor Hailey missing out on all the excitement
    Is that something deer do, shed hair like that?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. maybe you need to put the deer hair on the mouse :)

  4. wow that was like reading the Discovery Channel. I'm glad there is no blood and all are ok. you tried to eat that hair? oh hope that will not end with furballs....
    easy rider

  5. Hari OM
    Blimey, blink and you miss it eh? Bit like meeses.... they get through fences no bother.. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. Chasing a deer?!? That would make for a big chase scene for sure! If they need help catching the mouse, I can help. Just say the word...we terriers love chasing those little critters.

  7. Mom says poor deer. She is glad the deer got away, but I would have been happy to help Phod to catch the deer :)

  8. Oh boy! We don't have excitement like that around here
    Lily & Edward

  9. WE like to eat Dad's hair when mom cuts that the same thing?? we about gross mom out so she always puts us in the other room, and vacuums it up right away!!!
    stella rose

  10. If the deer had been standing there fur a while.... it COULD be that it was SHEDDING... by rubbing against the Fence... or by Scratching ....
    We sometimes eat a bit of Deer Furs.... and it does the same thingy to US... heheheehe
    Sorry that Hailey didn't get in on the FUN pawt...
    THIS was a FUN Post... We liked the different Pawspectives of the Incident...

  11. Lee, sorry you didn't get to catch the deer. Tell Lady I'll catch the mouse for her cause that's a terrier job.

    Aroo to you,

  12. My good ness, that was a lot of action going on. We like to eat hair too although we have never eaten deer hair.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

  13. Ah! The joys of dogs and deers. Mommy spotted a small bear this morning walking Cinnamon and had a heck of a time getting her to come home. Thank heavens for her "precious". The ball was a little more important than the black blob behind the bushes.

  14. Well that IS a lot of wonder the deer didn't want to go over that fence! If Phodie was ready to "get" the deer, you'd think that mouse wouldn't have a chance!

    Pam and Sam

  15. Mouse....Deer Come on Mom...they just ain't the same....gotta go after that big stuff.

    The Mad Scots

  16. Chasing a deer is much better than chasing a mouse. Poor Hailey had to miss out!

    But we're glad no deer or dogs were injured in this incident.

  17. I's barked deer before, but never really got to chase em real good.

  18. We just love all the action an adventure that occurs at your house in paradise!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  19. Crikey ...... how exciting!! I'd sure like to chase a deer.

  20. Well that is just quite the adventure!!!! Glad everyone is ok!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  21. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! As a Most Famous Hunter of Giant Daddy Ratties, I would be very pleased to help with your mouse. And your deer.

  22. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! As a Most Famous Hunter of Giant Daddy Ratties, I would be very pleased to help with your mouse. And your deer.

  23. There is always some excitement at your house. Glad to hear nobody was hurt.


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