That was very unusual. I just got a personal visit from D&L, who said they couldn’t raise me on my phone, wanting to know if Little Bear was all right.
Seems they got a call from another neighbor who lives a little off my beaten path, who swore he saw a pack of fifteen coyotes setting upon a very big, very black, very hairy dog with another pack closing in on the fun. The guy said he shot the lead coyote, at which point the dog beat feet in (what D&L took to be) my direction. Nobody could think of a big black hairy dog around here other than LB, but he’s been with me all day and he’s just fine so it wasn’t him.
Now, I don’t know the guy who’s telling this story from Adam. We’ve waved at each other passing on the road a few times and had one very brief conversation, but that’s it. So I don’t know how much credence to give the story. It’s true that the coyotes have been unusually vocal the past few days, but that’s not the way they normally behave around here. Packs aren’t that big and they’re not that aggressive with things that can bite back. A “mastiff-sized” dog would not normally be their first choice in victims. So maybe it’s just a story, but in case it isn’t I’m suddenly not as happy with my choice of EDC gun. If the boys and I turn a corner and run into a pack of fifteen mean animals, I’m gonna feel pretty silly with my measly five-shot .44. (Although again, this guy claims to have spooked the pack with one kill.) So I figure what the hell: It’s kind of a pain, but that’s why I keep the AK loaded, right?