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Discretion is the better part of valour.

Kailey used to chase deer off any path we were on, but she would sensibly stop as
soon as the deer started moving away. (Unlike Becky and Max who would recklessly
pursue deer if they got a chance. It was dangerous for the deer and the dogs.)

However we have had a somewhat aggressive doe in our neighborhood for some time.
Several months ago Kailey ran at it to make it get off "our" path. The doe was not
intimidated and it charged Kailey, who immediately turned around and ran off at top
speed. Good thing Kailey is fast because the doe was running hard after her.
(Deer can do a lot of damage to a dog if they are so inclined.) As a result
of this incident Kailey stopped chasing deer.

This photo is from yesterday. When Kailey and I walked around a bend we came across
a deer. The deer moved away from us but Kailey immediately turned around and headed
back to safer territory. This is her heading back, leaving me to be eaten by the deer.

Best viewed at original size.

Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
1/90s f/5.6 at 35.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
Martin Lamoon12-Apr-2020 11:55
Wonderful place for a quiet walk
Gill Kopy12-Apr-2020 04:12
A great way to train the dog not to chase deer !! What an idyllic place for a walk - super shot V
Neil Marcus12-Apr-2020 01:22
I have seen a deer kick a Wolf into a lake who was endangering her fawn and wondered if the Wolf survived that kick.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad11-Apr-2020 17:30
Haha. A sensible dog indeed. V
Julie Oldfield11-Apr-2020 16:15
She’s just leading the way. Great warm light. Funny story. V
Walter Otto Koenig11-Apr-2020 13:53
Nice result with the old D200. Like the colors and resolution.
Borisalex11-Apr-2020 11:10
Great story well captured! V
Bill Miller11-Apr-2020 08:07
That is a good story! I guess you survived the deer to tell the tale.
Helen Betts11-Apr-2020 05:23
What a smart girl she is! Great capture of Kailey leaving you to the deer, and quite the story to accompany it.
joseantonio11-Apr-2020 04:19
such a lovely story behind an image.V
David Buzzeo11-Apr-2020 02:14
When I am hiking in the mountains, I tell all my students, "Wild animals are called "Wild" for a reason." Good to see Kailey has learnt this lesson. Nice photo to boot. V
larose forest photos11-Apr-2020 01:19
First, a wonderfully appealing shot, and two, had to chuckle at the thought of a dog being chased by a deer. Kailey has certainly learned that deer chasing is a no-no! V
globalgadabout11-Apr-2020 00:05
deer can be deadly with their seems Kailey has learned her lesson...
laine10-Apr-2020 23:53
She's learned you need to pick your enemies wisely....same here with Kangaroos, not seen in my neighbourhood these days but they're not to be taken lightly...
Carl Carbone10-Apr-2020 23:30
Interesting encounter. Kailey's no dummy!
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