Today’s haiku is by Tucker.
The woods behind our home is filled with interesting creatures. Until we installed the deer fence (consisting of tall black poles and netting like that seen in the photo above), our yard was a frequent gathering place.
While Bambi and his friends and relatives are adorable, they ate nearly every plant in my yard (obviously not reading the tags that said “deer resistant”), and left behind little poo gifts that my dogs thought were tasty treats, or the best perfume ever. Eau de Deer Poo was not on my list of favorite scents. Plus deer ticks carry diseases.
And no, a split rail fence doesn’t keep many animals out of the yard, least of all deer who, I learned soon after moving into our home, don’t even need a running leap to clear it. Apparently deer come equipped with springs in their legs, because I used to watch them stand on one side of the fence and then BOING!, they’d suddenly land on the other.
So now, several times a week, the uninvited guests stare through the fence at the dogs. Because the fence not only keeps deer out, but also keeps dogs in, our ungulate neighbors have learned not to fear the barking maniacs. They’ll stand there — only a few feet away from my pups whose minds are imploding with the proximity of these chaseable creatures — calmly chewing their cud, flicking an ear or two, and continue to graze on plants and paw through our compost pile.
Ah, the frustration. So close and yet so far.
What frustrates your pets?
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