We really weren’t looking for one and this gentle little guy is certainly available to a good home, but if we can’t find one, we don’t mind keeping him. Cant’ get a good picture of him yet, as we can’t get him to hold still. But he kind of found us.
We were on our way home yesterday from BC Horse Council’s Education Conference in Kelowna. We were just a little east of Morley Flats between Canmore and Cochrane on the TransCanada when we saw an animal in the median ditch. We couldn’t tell if it was a fox or a coyote. Anyway, he barely missed being hit by the car in front of us and by that time we had slowed enough to let him cross. Well, it wasn’t a fox, nor a coyote but a young large mixed breed male pup, about 3 months old. We pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. By that time he had gone to ground across the ditch and into the trees on the south side of the highway, but calling and coaxing brought him out.
We just couldn’t leave him on the side of the highway. He’s been on his own for awhile and while thin, he still has enough of a milk belly that he’s not in too bad a shape. He needs a good deworming for round worms and for all the little friends he is carrying, but he is sure a good natured pup. But oh, my the size of the paws…
He does have a bit of a coyote look about him, so he may be a coy-dog. We’re open to names (and to offers of a good home). So far we’ve been considering “Rufus”, “Ruckus”, “Rumpus” and “Fergus”.