BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


A pack of coyotes frequently visits our property. Although we've never seen them, they serenade us with their yip-yap howls. While the dogs find this activity upsetting, I find the coyotes' mournful cry beautiful and mesmerizing.

I realize many people consider coyotes pests and a danger to society, but I admire the coyotes' adaptability. They have managed to survive despite conflicts with man, including habitat encroachment.

I shot the video from our deck at 12:30 AM. If you listen carefully, you can hear Sassy getting the last word, as usual.

I love this song, performed by Don Edwards. You might recognize it from the ending of Grizzly Man, the story of Timothy Treadwell.

Happy Trails,


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Whether it is 'here' or on KB's blog, we are supportive of the khoyotes -

They are only doing what is natural to them -

We share their land - and they share ours -

PeeEssWoo: Mom says something about Joni Mitchell's 'Coyote' working for her too!

JackDaddy said...

Lots of coyotes here (obviously) but they are pretty quite this time of year. You will occasionally hear one in the morning, but come spring, you can hear lots of them every night.

There is even one who has taken up at the local park, but I haven't seen him in a while - they animal control people may have gotten him as it's not very safe to have a young coyote around a lot of people and small dogs.

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

We used to have Australian Shepherds before we got the smushfaces. I used to walk them down a little wilderness area near our neighborhood. A family of coyotes lived there and were so familiar with people they would come out of their dens and actually play with one of my dogs. It was unnerving and I never encouraged it, but they never harmed our dogs.

After we moved away I often thought of them and wondered whatever became of them since the area was in the middle of suburban town.

Thanks for sharing!


kks said...

wow, i've never heard coyotes before....super cool! and if you didn't say, i would have guessed that last yip was Sassy! :)
loved grizzly man....

Madi and Mom said...

Ms. K I love coming to your classroom each day. I can honestly say I've never heard a coyote howl until this morning!!! Oh my word that was quite an experience.
Sassy you are Woman hear you roar!
You Go Girl
Thank you,
Madi and Mom

Byron said...

And to think I get excited just listening to the frogs in the pond at night in the spring. I can't imagine hearing those amazing cries from my back door.
That was fantastic, thank you for sharing.

Byron's Mom

Anonymous said...

The song of the coyote is beautiful to all nature lovers. In Oklahoma, many ranchers organize a hunt day in the Spring, as the coyotes are deadly to their newborn calves. They've even been known to snatch little doggies right out of their backyards here in town. Still, they are God's creatures everyone and I have no ill will toward them. (But I will keep my eye on little Tootie when she goes outside!)


Ina in Alaska said...

The cry of the coyote was absolutely gorgeous... and my dogs sat up and took note!! Loved Sassy's final comment!!

Email me when you have a moment about your upcoming schedule for Iditarod... I do not want to miss getting together with you for lunch/dinner/breakfast (any/all of the above) My sister is probably going to be here from NJ too so it should be a grand time together. And the pups are looking forward to meeting you!!! Hopefully you will have some time to take a walk with us too.. xoxo

Life With Dogs said...

We hear them a couple of times a month here - beautiful and eerie at the same time...

Gloria said...

Cool! We can hear coyotes around here too. It's funny when you hear the little pups!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We love that song.. Dad thinks that possible Louie's daddy was a coyote.. His sister Baby Love looked a lot like one...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Dory and the Mama said...

Great songs...both of them!!

We also sympathize with the plight of the coyotes running out of natural habitat...


YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Yes, we heard Sassy, definitely have to put in the last word!

Sam & June

Remington said...

I totally agree with you. I like coyotes. We have them close to us and I love to listen to them.

KB said...

I share your views on coyotes. They're amazingly adaptable creatures. Did you know that the Eastern Coyote has recently been declared a separate species from the western Coyote? There were no coyotes in the east for many years but they started pushing eastward to fill the void. They took a northern route and mated with wolves in Canada and Minnesota, resulting in a much larger and more pack-oriented coyote than we have in the east. It's so cool that you have them serenading outside your windows!

Be careful with your dogs. Coyotes will kill dogs larger than themselves using a luring ruse. One coyote appears and makes playful gestures, enticing a dog to chase and play. Then, once the dog is a distance from his human, the rest of the pack appears. The rest is ugly. My neighbor lost her dog to a coyote last weekend.

Despite this awful habit, I still revel in the resilience of the coyote. I consider it to be my job to live safely within their habitat. I get the feeling that you think along similar lines.

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Oh my goodness! That would unnerve us a little, but we do believe all creatures have a place in the world. That's funny about Sassy too!

Woofs and Kisses!

Anna the GSD said...

We saw a coyote behind the house the other day in the woods. We barked at him. He must not have liked our song cause he left. :(

Melissa said...

I love how Mother Nature and the creatures of this Earth serenade us, too.

Alex93andme said...

Love the video of the Coyotes and Sassy at the end! That video really got Holly's attention!

Sam said...

Well, Marge perked her head WAY up when she heard those yips and screams!

Twinkietinydog said...

An ode to coyotes or an ode by the coyotes? LOL Way to tell them to be quiet Sassy. I live in coyote heaven myself. They're everywhere. The problem is, I'm so tiny, my life's at risk. They also attack my neighbors and they've made many kitties disappear. :( And it's gotten even nuttier than ever after the Station Fire. Poor guys lost their homes and they need to eat.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Thank-you for the song of the coyotes. Poor babies!! I have seen one, one day and Bambi barked at her and she runaway!!! I am sure none have ever stayed around long.
Kiss the kids, Bambi & Fern

The OP Pack said...

Sounds like Sassy wanted to hear some more:)

Mom has nothing against coyotes in the right environment, but we had a pack in our area for a couple of years and they killed close to a dozen dogs who were either in a fence yard or tied outside. There was a huge controversy about how to get rid of the coyotes. In the end they decided that there was a mom, dad, and a family of them and the male adult was the problem. They lured him to a trap and he was relocated as far as we know. Tough for them when the humans build so much that we end up encroaching on what once was the coyotes natural habitat.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Olive said...

Aww, it would not play for me..I will try it again later. Coyotes are beautiful..never seen any here but here we have them around.

Hope you are having a great week..glad it's almost the weekend :)

Licks to you...

Olive :)

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Crazy weather!!! And it is not just us, it is going on all over the world.
It use to flood when it rained hard before Tom. Tom fixed that problem!! He takes good care of me.
Better then anyone else has ever done!!!!

nancyturtle said...

I stopped by from Max's blog and saw your coyote post. I also love to hear them yip and howl. I live in New Mexico so we hear and see them frequently. Our four dogs are inside due to the rain and snow today, along with my three cats. When I played your video just now, I had four alert dogs and one nervous cat looking back and forth from me to the windows, wondering why the coyotes were howling in the house.

chelle said...

That was too funny!!! LOL

The Thundering Herd said...

Our Herd and the pack of coyotes that live on the ridge used to chat all of the time, but they have gotten bored with each other and rarely talk back and forth. I was working in my study a few weeks ago and looked up to see a coyote trotting down the road. The Herd was watching him through the fence, but not really reacting.

Mango said...

We have coyotes here, but they do not make those scary sounds. EEEEE!