About an hour ago Coyotes (Canis latrans) were howling and every dog for a mile was barking. Dolores called to tell me to keep little Raven Black in the house because she and Gary saw four coyotes running in the valley. Good neighbors.
Everyone tells me I need to get a big guard dog and I agree with them, but I couldn’t let someone send a cute little Papillon to the dog pound doggie death camp, could I? That makes me the bad dog in this house. For now.
Coyotes are an icon in New Mexico and have always been important symbols to humans. Coyote is clever and a trickster but I most like his ability to endure with humor. Coyotes do eat the occasional dog but more commonly eat rabbits, rodents, birds, insects, fruit and Road Runner. Watch the chicken coop.
Raven Black was barking with the best of them, so he is my official Alarm Dog.