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Tessa’s First Beauty Parlor Results

July 22nd, 2016

Contessa Le Rouge (“Tessa”) spent the morning in the grooming facilities of VCA Desert Animal Hospital. There she met Jeremy, the doggy hairdresser expert, who performed his magic shears number on her along with a bath and nail trim. She reportedly handled the experience with her usual aplomb (no injuries were suffered by anyone).

She’s now back home and still unaccustomed to posing for photo shoots. The ones below were the best of 40 attempts at capturing a decent photo of her as she looks today.

Tessa

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More Coyote Breakfast Seekers

July 4th, 2016

          This morning’s 5 a.m. long walk with Tessa saw us again being shadowed for brief distances by coyotes. The first one, on El Cielo Road near Tahquitz Creek never came close but paralleled our route for about a mile before our paths separated.

          The second coyote, looking quite youngish, approached our path bordering the Mesquite Country Club golf course near its western terminus at Desert Chapel road. It came quite close and the photo was taken when it was nearby. The early morning hour didn’t have enough light to reflect off the animal and its surroundings and that explains its dark background.

          The photo of Tessa is of her sitting on the walkway path apparently not particularly concerned by the coyote who was a short distance away. Am beginning to suspect Tessa will never make it as an actor for she appears never ready for a photo close-up.

Coyote and Tessa

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Coyotes Looking for Breakfast

July 3rd, 2016

          Contessa Le Rouge (aka “Tessa”) and I do a morning 4.2 mile walk. Our route takes us past Tahquitz Creek and along the borders of the local Mesquite Country Club golf course.

          This morning Tessa, walking behind me, stopped and I then turned to see the reason. There, standing about 100 feet away, were two youngish-looking coyotes trailing us but on the golf course grounds. I assume they were seeking breakfast. We continued on our way and they soon gave up and headed into the golf course.

          Further along our route I saw another youngish-looking coyote and he was more persistent in tracking us. I finally tired of his presence, picked Tessa up, and began making aggressive moves and sounds while moving towards the animal. He seemed to understand my purpose and threat, for he repeatedly backed away and eventually started running away from us.

          Here in Coachella Valley coyotes are a common sight and in years past Camo, my previous doggy companion, and I have been followed by packs of up to half-dozen members. None has dared come too close to us. In recent years the coyote populations appears to have declined significantly and our encounters are rather infrequent.

This morning’s lone breakfast seeking animal managed to remain still long enough for the following photo.

Coyote Sighting

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