Roxy the bounding dog. This is a 6 foot tall fence.
You ever have one of those days when so many strange things happen that you sort of wonder if there’s something in the air? For us, last Saturday was one of those days. That was also the day that some sliver of the population believed would be the final bow for the human race. And I’ve got to be honest with you … I started to wonder myself at a certain point.
It started with a stalking. From a deer. Not known for their predatory nature, this deer decided that Roxy, our dog, needed to be followed. Badly. Roxy was on the end of a leash, connected to Anders, who was walking next to me. We were taking an (up to this point) lovely late afternoon walk in the neighborhood, when we both noticed the sounds of what we believed were steps of a fast approaching sprinting runner behind us. When we turned and saw it was a large deer making tracks directly at us, with a car behind, we simply assumed that the car had spooked the deer, who was simply trying to escape PAST us and disappear into the brush.
As normal deer do.
But the deer stopped when we turned. What ensued was a strange ballet, where we turned to walk away, and the deer continued toward us. We’d turn, the deer would stop. The woman in the car behind us, bless her, leaned out the window and said, “I think that deer is following you. It looks like it wants your dog.”
We walked much faster, and the deer continued after us. “This deer looks sick,” she offered. She then used her car to gently herd the deer away from us and up a driveway, so we could make our exit. We started walking quickly away, looking back at the deer who had paused on the driveway, only to take off again THROUGH the yard and brush to follow us. Our angel in the Prius didn’t abandon us, but she continued to parallel the deer to keep him off the road.
Now, it’s hard to jog and look behind you, so I focused on the road ahead, and staying up with Anders. And when I heard her voice from behind me saying, “He’s coming at you!!” I ran a bit faster. Sounds of a car speeding up, slowing down, and a horn honking ensued. And then, straight out of a slasher film, I hear her loud and clear, “He’s coming! RUN! I MEAN IT!!“
Oh yes, we ran. There is no shame here. I put it in gear and ran as fast as my legs could take me, wondering how in the world I would ever outrun a deer, and hoping for a fork in the road that would give us at least a fighting chance of ditching this crazy thing.
We ran until we no longer heard the car, or the clack of hooves on pavement, and then we ran some more. We chose a tiny off-road trail, and even so, Anders kept turning around, convinced that this deer had an ability to track us via our scent.
For the following two hours, in between huge stretches of silence and then the occasional, “That was sooo weird” comment, we contemplated reasons for this interaction. End of Days was my first offering. Animals, sensing The End, were losing their minds, clear as day. Anders suggested that perhaps this was Roxy’s mother, as our dog has often been likened to a deer because she hops really high when she runs. I threw down the idea that this deer just wanted to be friends with Roxy, but didn’t know how to show true affection through dialog. Anders of course turned things sexual (men!) and suggested that perhaps Roxy and this deer had a thing going on, and she was one of those “stalker types”. We ended up thinking that this wasn’t a well deer, and perhaps in her declining state she thought that Roxy was her baby, and was instinctively trying to herd her.
On a scale of one to 10, this pegged 10 as a lifetime “strange thing.” But it was simply the first of many. More tomorrow.