A red fox visited my fenced -in yard today in the middle of suburbia (sea of lawns).
There he was standing 2 feet away from me, nose to nose with my dog, as we surprised each other that early October morning. We all looked at each other for a second not knowing what to do. I’ll never forget the fox’s little eyes looking up into mine. I also remember its fur matched the color of my dog’s fur exactly, who many say resembles a fox. A second later the fox ran into my prairie garden on the other side of my yard.
My dog quickly followed and I followed my dog, running in and out through the thick prairie plants which are over 8′ tall in early October. I could hear the Benny Hill Theme Song playing in my head as we chased each other through the prairie garden. Honestly, this song was playing in my head as I ran around.
A few seconds later my dog ran out, with a look of surprise on her face but otherwise in good condition. I believe the fox sprayed her or something, so I grabbed my dog by the collar and took her inside. I later called Heidi’s vet as a precaution.
I got my camera, ran back to the yard, but I could not find the fox. I later read that foxes, like coyotes, can jump fences. Maybe it jumped the fence when I took my dog in the house or maybe it was still hiding in my yard somewhere when I came back out. I went back inside so I wouldn’t stress it out any more just in case it was still around.
If it wasn’t for my dog or the humans living there who spend so much time outdoors, I believe my yard would be a good home for a fox.
Little Red Fox, thank you for visiting.