February 21, 2009

Girl Gone Wild

At home, Daisy maintains the veneer of civilization.

She's a house dog, and although she has been known to steal a crust of bread off the counter, she generally behaves indoors.
But out in the wilderness is another story.
Here, she's meeting face to face with a young elk. Neither of them seem to know how to react.
Here she is chasing an antelope. She's the golden, cougar-like blur on the left.
This antelope was all by herself and kept coming back to the little valley where we were riding. Daisy would chase her briefly, then return. One time, Daisy chased the antelope over a hill, and when our dog came back, the antelope was chasing her!
Here's the (poor quality, I'm sorry to say) video:
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In the first second, the antelope is following Daisy. Then, as the antelope catches up, Daisy appears to lunge at it. Very quickly, the antelope outpaces our girl.
We realized at that point that something unusual was going on. We put Daisy on a leash to prevent chasing and watched from a distance. The antelope stayed close but remained wary. We decided she must have a baby hidden nearby, so we left so she could return to her motherly mission.
About a week later, we went back to that valley, with Daisy contained, and saw an antelope with twin babies running over a hill.
This post was named a "top contender" for David Mcmahon's Post of the Day.
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34 comments:

  1. Daisy is one cool dog. Great pictures of the elk and antelope. Thanks.

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  2. She's a beautiful dog! What great shots!

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  3. Your dog is really beautiful!
    My dog does not chase antelopes but little birds /but invaine).
    I saw your post on the caves in the mountains - oh wow!!!! That's tooo fascinating! Oh my God, I'm overwhelmed.

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  4. These are spectacular photos I enjoyed immensely

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  5. Oh wow, any dog would love to be Daisy! What a life ;-)

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  6. Hahaha, yes, my dog CAN dress herself: black socks and a bra :))))

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  7. I just watched the movie. Your dog is very fast! But of course, no chance to catch the antelope.
    You should see my dog chasing blackbirds under the bushes, and the blackbirds mocking the dog. Flying up at the last moment, sitting down on a tree just above my poor dog and sneering down on her. Doggy yapping at the bird, the bird SMILING down on her.
    My dog loves this game :)

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  8. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this story and the photos with it, it's been a joy :)

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  9. Wow, I love the face-off shot of Daisy and the elk.

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  10. Daisy is a very elegant lady! I just want to hug her! Thanks for sharing these great photos.

    Please check out my camera critter:
    http://eightymphmom.blogspot.com/2009/02/camera-critters.html

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  11. Oh my gosh!!! What amazing experiences! I would love to have seen an elk or an antelope in person. Daisy is really cool!

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  12. That's so cool, that you've got a place to ride "where the deer and the antelope play"

    Tink *~*~*
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  13. Wow great shots. Loved the story and video. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting me.

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  14. Daisy is an all around dog. That must have been something to see.

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  15. Very cool! Daisy is beautiful! She reminds me of our lab, Annie, who's also a house dog but loves to get out in the wild. lol

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  16. Heh...our own lab woudln't go anywhere near wildlife. He's a chicken.

    I played CC twice today at Rattitude and My Ordinary Things

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  17. Hey Girl---you talk just like ME... I love the way you said GREAAAAAAAT on the video... HA HA...

    We have new computers--and have spent most of today getting them all set up. It will probably take another day or two. BUT-they are WONDERFUL--and faster than lightning.

    Have a great Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. that was a beautiful pictorial indeed! coincidentally even i have posted my dog's profile today!

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  19. Interesting, and I loved the video. Talk about putting on the turbo charger. Daisy's pretty fleet of paw too!

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  20. Daisy is quite a friend! And very brave!

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  21. There's nothing like the spirit of the chase. Fascinating photos and footage featuring where the elk and the antelope play! You've sure got a cool dog.

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  22. I love the shot of Daisy and the elk checking each other out

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  23. Janie: What fun shots and I enjoyed the vedio.

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  24. Now that is pretty cool how she interacts with wildlife. Movie clip i think is pretty good.

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  25. What a great dog! Darby the Golden Retriever would run for his life!

    Craig

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  26. Daisy is a cutie...looks just like our Roscoe.

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  27. what a great clip. what amazing speed!
    & I can tell Daisy is a sweet girl too.

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  28. How nice to hear about the antelope's family. Wish Daisy many more moments that she must find thrilling!

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  29. Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do!

    Janie - thank you for your very kind comment about the interview. I;m so glad you liked it.

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  30. Oh wow, I should have scrolled down a little further to find these lovely photos. The video was very interesting, would have loved to see the mum with two babies.

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  31. Ahhh.. So Daisy is the Lab you mentioned in my comments! She's beautiful. :)

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  32. How great! I am not sure how my girl Maddie would do if she encountered an elk or an antelope!

    Looks like a blessed and happy dog!

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  33. reminds me of anarticle l read yesterday, l shall go try 'dig' it it had me barking!!

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  34. What a great post! Love Daisy and what great shots!!

    Over from David's . . .congrats on being on the list!

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