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Getting Anubis killed

I did something pretty stupid yesterday that could have gotten Anubis hurt or killed. The end of the story was a happy one and nothing happened, but it could have also gone wrong.

I'd have to look in my archive but I think I may have had a post called, "Coyotes and Town Dogs." It's the title of a book about Earth First! but the name is from the practice of coyotes to lure domestic dogs farther and farther from town until the dog can run no further. At that point the coyote pack turns and attacks. Anubis and I were on our nightly walkies when I spotted a couple of coyotes not too far off the road. I gave Anubis the "go get em!" command and he took off after one. I then realized that there were not 2 coyotes but 4! They split up and Anubis went after one. The 2nd one veered off to the right and crouched down. The other 2 made a wide sweep and came back around. I started running to keep up with the chase. Anubis had just about caught the first one when the second one sprang up and joined the chase. Now Anubis had a coyote on his tail. He turned to confront the 2nd coyote, and the first one turned to join the chase now as the chaser not the chasee. The other 2 were now coming in from a distance. The chase went over a small hill and there was a yelp. It was not Anubis but the coyote. I got my slow ass up to the top of the hill and there was no Anubis nor coyotes. Shit! Where did they go?!? I scanned the scene but saw nothing. I ran a bit in the direction of the chase, but I know that coyotes like to circle around. I got to the top of another hill and did another scan. There was Anubis about a quarter-mile away trotting down the road. I called to him and he came jogging up to me. He was perfectly fine, just worn out from his chase.

The yotes were pretty small and were probably pups from this year. Like I wrote in an earlier post I had heard that most of the yotes in the area were wiped out by distemper last year. This must be a new pack setting up a territory in the area. I'm actually happy to see them. There has been an explosion in prey species like quail and bunnies. I have counted 22 quail in my yard in recent weeks. I have never seen that many outside of Winter when they come and visit my feeder. I'll have to keep closer tabs on Skookum now. No more all-nighters outside. I'll also be more careful in letting Anubis run after the yotes. He's too sweet and trusting. He has gone nose-to-nose with coyotes in the past. They usually just sniff each other. Fortunately he displays all of the non-aggressive signs when he approaches; tail held high and wagging and ears perky. It's the yotes' intentions I worry about. They're unpredictable and potentially dangerous if they're in a pack.
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