Oftentimes on our morning walk we can see different sorts of animal life here on the upper slopes of Mount Miramar – typically of the bunny and quail and jogger variety. Most times, Penny will chase the birds and bunnies quite happily (well, happily for her, I don’t think the birds & bunnies are all that crazy about it) – it’s just part of what she does.
Now one of the things Penny almost never does is bark, and so it’s always a surprise to hear this really deep “woof” coming from my dog. And so this morning, we were walking our normal trail and Penny had taken off after a bunny that had chosen an inopportune time to cross our path, when a few moments later from up ahead I hear growling and then Penny’s deep “Woof, woof woof!” barking. I take off for what for me these days counts as a sprint.
I reach the intersection of two trails and there’s Penny barking and slowly backing away from a healthy looking coyote that was about 30 feet away. Now we hear coyotes all the time here, but usually only see them at a pretty comfortable distance. When I got onto the scene, Penny came right over to me (which I was really happy about) and turned and continued to growl and bark. The coyote must have figured the tables were turning and began to slowly slink away. I leashed Penny* and threw a couple of rocks to hasten its departure.
Penny got lots of hugs and treats and even got to chase a couple more bunnies as we finished our morning hike. Good girl.
*I didn’t want Penny to think that we were playing fetch when I threw the rocks.