Our internet was down all day yesterday... So, this is just a quick update.
The Labraduo and I hiked a wildlife corridor yesterday, and their body language radiated tension over nearby animal scents. I never saw any animals but, based on my dogs' tension, I had no doubt that some were in close proximity.
First, R stared into the forest with his nose quivering.
Then, he growled and bared his teeth at something unseen.
As we tromped along the snow-laden trail, both dogs stopped in their tracks, immovable as they investigated scents, on multiple occasions.
Given the tautness in their body language, I kept them on leash until we returned to more civilized trails. It's amazing how much I can learn about what's hiding in the forest if I watch their body language. Yesterday, I was pretty sure that some bears had started moving through the forest, out of hibernation. K's body language was her specific "there's a bear over there" posture!
I'm hard at work making a video montage of my bear den photos from my remote wildlife cameras. But, just to give you a taste of what's to come, here are a couple of examples.
Somehow, one yearling cub ended up with a paw straight up in the air as the pair rumbled and tumbled in play.
And, shortly later, after they'd rousted mom from the den, she tenderly examined one cub's paw.
The gentleness of a mother bear with her cubs astonishes me.