Living in a rural area as I do means living in the vicinity/proximity of wildlife. We have deer, turkeys, rats, raccoons, snakes and even a mountain lion has been sighted on occasion. My dogs for the most part stay reasonably close by but once they get the scent for something to chase -well the chase is on! At night time I have lights for them to wear. Super bright led lights. Sky my Australian Shepherd wears the red lights and Zulu the green lights so I can easily tell them apart when they are running in the dark. Last Tuesday when I got home from work at about 11pm after a double shift I had plans to take the pups for a brief walk around our marina. Mostly just over to the beach but not too far from my dock. We had barely started our walk when Zulu, my 48lb Catahoula took off and ran all the way up to the habour master’s house. I could see his green lights from his collar going crazy as if he was in a fight with something (wild animal) but without the noise from his adversary. I ran to his aid. (This is the first time I have attempted running since my ankle tendon replacement surgery last July – and I mentally took note of this and mentally said a short prayer for both myself and the pup). I was terrified that he was being injured by his prey which I could only assume to be the most common of our night critters, the raccoon. Anyone who has encountered the cute little raccoon up close knows that there cuteness is generally accompanied by a ferocious claw and a temperament that is not prone to surrender. They are vicious animals in the up close and personal!...
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I grew up on the 'Spice Island', the island of Grenada located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. I love Grenada and hope one day to return there permanently. For now I live in the San Francisco bay area on my boat and am blessed with a wonderful job as a lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Southwest Airlines in Oakland, Ca. I have been in the Aviation business since I was 18 years old initiated in the field by The United States Navy which I joined at age 17. My other interests are my boat which I live on, my wonderfully loving dogs, music and creativity of all sorts.