It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Standoff

"Where are you Moke? Here boy." Where is that dog? Probably digging a hole somewhere.
" Steve, have you seen Moke?"
"Yep, he's behind the fence facing off with a lizard."
I walked around behind the fence and there he was.

"Moke, are you bothering that poor little lizard?"

No answer.

What a hunter this dog must have been before we found him. Once a "flusher", forever a flusher.
He and this lizard had eye contact for 5 to 10 minutes. The lizard never moved a muscle.
Moke slowly moved closer, and closer, inching his way toward the lizard, one half step at a time. Stalking, predatory; as if this small, beautiful lizard was a prize bird in the bush waiting to fly away. They were almost nose to nose.

Still, the lizard didn't move..

And then it was over. I didn't even see the lizard leave. Moke hit the wire fence and left a wet mouth spot on the wood, but the lizard was gone.

"Well Moke, no lizard today."

No answer.

But I know Moke was seeing red .


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3 comments:

Daisys Little Cottage said...

How sweet little Moke is...Bassett Hound? Arent animals so interesting and entertaining to watch? I have 2 dogs and currently, 7 cats. Yikes....they are all like court jesters!
smiles,
DarLy*~

Judy said...

Hi from Kentucky. I was blog hopping and stopped to read yours. Your grandson is so cute. I have one, aged 13 months and I love him to death. The jam looks wonderful in the pot and the dog and the lizard are hilarious. Thanks for a good read. Judy

Jo said...

hehehe... Get 'em Moke!

I am impressed with your lizards. They are so plump and pretty. Ours are black and sleek with a stripe. They look a lot like snakes with leg which is a turn off for me.