Shame, they say the weather is getting cooler again. We have been enjoying our walks getting later each day, accompanied by birdsong - and bambi's. Yes, loads of deer about. I hope they've got their thickets ready for the weekend. They are rubbing their little scent glands on everything, it drives my 'boys' wild.
The other thing they do is stand in the path, in pairs and then bound off in opposite directions. And as I walk the dogs on lead that leaves me standing arms outstretched with a 40kg dog on each arm. A stern 'leave' usually does the trick and they come back to heel, but I do try to anticipate problems. My eyesight is a lot better than theirs, so if I spot a deer, I'll make our presence known before we startle them.
Recently, we have had to use a torch on our walks, and then it's a game of eye spy for me. I wear a head torch and I can see several pairs of blinking eyes in the undergrowth as we walk by. It's usually very quiet and I can feel the eyes following me. The dogs don't see anything, but they can sense we are not alone. They are also quite reluctant to walk too far from me in the dark - big scaredy cats!
The pleasant weather also brings out a few more wierdo's, and a lot more rubbish in the car park. There were some rather suspicious little plastic bags thrown out yesterday... Thankfully, though the 'boy's have stopped showing too much interest in these items, and haven't eaten anything latex for quite sometime.