January 07, 2009
Shelby was out scavenging sunflower seeds under the bird feeder this morning. Maybe she learned to do that from the foxes. It's all part of being a wild doggie.
In fact, I now have a name for what she does: Doggie Bushcraft.
It is no different from the people who practice bushcraft skills for fun or "just in case."
Like ranging the woods for carrion after having had a full breakfast in a nice warm kitchen.
I reckon that it is a sort of canine historical reenactment. She is a wolf reenactor. And there are certain traditional skills that go with that.
So when I find her up on the national forest happily esconced in an elk rib cage -- discarded by some hunter who had butchered the elk at home -- she is just working on her bushcraft skills.