There are a number of things popping into my head this day so I really could not give the title more focus. I hope you can tolerate my ramblings but as with TV there is a solution. I just can't bring myself to say it.
This day started out nicely, with an enjoyable display put on by our dogs and a female deer. She was good size, so I can't attribute her actions to youth. Instead I would say familiarity.
As I went out with my daily "compost grind" of fruit skins from my smoothie, the dogs followed me out of the greenhouse straight into a doe grazing on our lawn about 40 feet away. She looked at us and we looked at her and no one was alarmed.
Then the dogs seemed to realize I was with them and sprang into action straight at her. I think it was a bit telling about their relationship that she just stood there and let them come up almost nose to nose, as if they knew each other. No panic in her eyes.
I called Shelly and PITA back and as they turned away from the doe, she stepped toward them and me! Again, no fear and no panic in her expressions. I've seen our dogs play with deer before but not boldly step toward me as well.
Maybe she could tell that as I stepped toward her with a bag of watermelon rinds and my smoothie pitcher, I was not an immediate threat, but come on, show a little respect!
The dogs charged her again and this time she snorted or whistled at them like she was fussing about their show of ferocity. "Come on girls, you don't act this way normally."
Finally she flinched and the chase was on, but just to the edge of the lawn where she stood partly in the woods, partly out and fussing all the while. The dogs were satisfied and came back to me, then PITA went back down to the edge of the woods with her tail wagging like, "We were just kidding".
Ferocious defenders, but I am fine with that. So far, the deer have not sampled my garden, but I can't say the same for a certain bunny who taste-tested my edamame two weeks ago. Those who know me, know that my edamame is off limits!
Bunny only sampled about 10% and even those are coming back, so no bunny stew, but.....
Who knows, maybe bunny did me a favor. The edamame are coming back with side-shoots and maybe I will get more from them than the originals.