Recently, Shyla hurt two paws, up between the paw pads so she needs to wear boots during our hikes. Initially, she didn't mind them. I'm sorry to report that she has now decided that she hates them.
"Can't you see the problem here, KB?"
"Really, I'm serious. These red boots have got to go."
"OK, if you won't listen to reason, take a look at my teeth!"
"Well, that didn't work. Maybe if I sit here looking pathetic, the boots will vanish."
Next, Shyla resorted to a fervent prayer that the boots would simply disappear.
During today's hike, we found some bobcat tracks, and we followed the tracks for most of our hike, letting the wild animal dictate our route. Here's a track of a bobcat. Notice how it's as wide as it is long (about 1.5" each way), and that no claws are showing (unlike canine tracks). Also notice how the big triangular paw pad has a flattened apex. That tells you it's a feline track rather than a canine track.
Felines often repeatedly mark the same spots, so I like to point my trail camera at scrapes left by bobcats and mountain lions. Both species often mark the same spots so I often get great photos at scrapes!