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Monday, March 24, 2014

'Tis the Season: Snow and Bobcats

The weather forecast said it would be Spring today but the world looked like winter when we awakened. We hiked in the clouds with light snow falling. I was a tiny bit disappointed, having hoped for a sunny hike, but a good game of fetch always makes both me and Shyla happy.
Then, we practiced her new trick of balancing things on her head. I think she has the idea. She knew not to swivel her head to look at whatever was off to the side. Instead, she just swiveled her eyes, keeping her toy balanced on her head.

I loved the look!
With the weather being gloomy, I thought that checking some trail cameras would be fun. At one site, very close to our house, bobcats visited at least twice per day. It looked to me like two different bobcats who were leaving marks for each other. The one who marked during the day was the larger one, perhaps a male. I suspect that we have bobcat courtship underway in our neck of the woods.

The smaller bobcat had scraped this spot with her paws. This bigger bobcat rubbed his neck in the spot.
 Then, he sniffed the stump where the smaller bobcat had rubbed her butt.
Finally, he scraped with his hind paws, and departed with his mouth wide open. I wonder if he was giving a cat call!
Another site that sits about a mile away also had tons of bobcat activity. Mostly, they were marking the ground down where the bobcat was in this first photo.
But this guy was fascinated with the camera. He checked it out.
And then he strutted away.
I must say that Shyla was fascinated with the scents at both camera sites. Neither is a sensitive or isolated site so I don't worry about taking her to them. I don't think her scent will upset the delicate mating season communications that are underway.

When we arrived home from our hike, Shyla conquered a long-standing fear and got a special treat - yogurt! She has always been afraid to clean out our large yogurt containers because she has to put her snout deep in the container to lick out the bottom. Today, she did it!!!
And she wore her badge of honor on her nose!


  1. she just makes me laugh! and i adore her modeling ability. :)

    the bobcats are very cool!

  2. We just love the look of her eyes in that balancing photo - too funny!! Mine have never had a yogurt container - have to try that one with Lightning - bet he will run away at first:)

  3. ha! getting braver every day! BEAUTIFUL cat pics!

  4. She wears her badge so well and Yogurt is yummy.

    xo Cinnamon

  5. She is such a sweetheart. Yay, Shyla! And the pictures of the bobcats are great too.

  6. Oh Shyla-- your a trick dog,,and i love seeing all your tricks!
    And I love that big kitty too!

  7. I'm not sure which one is my favorite today, the one with the toy on her head or the one with the yogurt on her nose! They are both adorable and so very Shyla!

    The bobcat with his mouth open reminded me so much of the pet cats we had when they'd get high on catnip. He must be in the mood for love!

  8. Sounds like Spring is in the air for those Bobcats. Hopefully, there'll be the pitter patter of little paws in the future.

    Great work Shyla. It's worth it to try something new, isn't it...

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  9. Yay for you, Shyla! Isn't yogurt just the absolute bestest!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  10. That bobcat is huge. Good job Shyla. I don't have patience for any tricks like that
    Lily & Edward

  11. Shyla, you wear it well with both the toy on your head and the yummy yogurt on your nose. Your pictures put a BIG smile on our faces this morning.

    We've not seen our bobcat this year (which Mommy said is a good thing.) So we will just have to enjoy yours instead!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  12. *haha*

    Shyla & her Mama... the things you two can think of, to do.

    And I love each one of them!! :)

    I hope your day is as bright as the days you make for others, KB... Shyla... and all.

    Play on...


  13. Hooray Shyla, you go girl! Incredible photos!

  14. My guys don't like to put their noses in the yogurt container either, but, boy, they sure can stretch their tongues out a long distance to reach it!

  15. Lovely Pictures of the bobcat. Hope you see a family soon.

  16. Shyla is too cute with the yogurt on her news! Great treat for conquering a fear.

    It's so neat you have trail cameras!

  17. Well, I was going to say how awesome the cat behavior was, but then you tickled me into oblivion with the yogurt nose!!!


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