Saturday, October 22, 2005

Something to Bear in Mind

After returning from a late hockey game in Summerland the other night, I pulled up my driveway looking to see if Skye would commence barking. I seem to have trained Skye to sit down in front of the sliding doors and wait for me to get out of the car whenever I return home after dark. This particular evening however, Skye did not come to the window. As it was 1:15 am, I thought this was a little odd.

Not giving it much thought, I got out of the car, only to hear what I thought was Tracey struggling to open our front window. Calling into the darkness, I waited to hear Tracey respond...she did not. Right about this time, I realised that the noise that I had identified as the window sliding open, was not emanating from the window at all. Rather, the sound was being created much closer to me. As pieces of bark fell to the ground, not more than a few strides from where I stood, I cold chill ran up my spine. As I looked up into the tree beside me, a large furry creature and I locked eyes. Hugging the trunk of the tree closest to our house was a bear. In what little time I had to look up at the large beast, I knew it was no more than 8 to 10 feet above the ground.

In World Record time I was back in the seat of my car with the door closed. I turned on the headlights and proceeded to watch the bear descend the tree, sniff the ground where I had stood and leisurely walk across the lawn and through the trees bordering our property. Once I was convinced that the bear was well out of range, I got out of the car. Despite being a little weak in the knees, I opened my hockey bag on the front step and laid my gear out to air out.

As I opened the door I noticed Skye sitting on the futon in front of the fire. 'Hopeless dog!' I thought to myself.

Skye and I did go outside with a powerful flashlight, but the bear had vacated the property. At this point Skye did have her hair standing on end and her tail fully erect. She sniffed the ground around the tree where the bear had stood, and growled softly.

The next morning I told Tracey of the bear incident and she began to laugh. Poor Skye. Not 15 minutes before I returned the previous night, Skye had been barking like crazy, wanting to come up to our bedroom. Having very little patience for a barking dog at 1:15 am, Skye had been forced to lay on the futon and 'SHUT UP'.

Therefore, so that all could sleep in peace, Skye had been denied the opportunity to save me from the rendevous with the bear.


Blogger Heather said...

You'll have to throw her an extra bone just for trying! Wow, that would have been quite a feeling to see a bear like that so close! Is that the first time you've seen a bear on your property?

6:31 AM

Blogger Tannis said...

Did we mention the two cubs we almost hit on the road on the way home from your house the next night? Lucky for us that the mama was out of sight somewhere.

3:10 PM

Blogger Myron said...

Hey Heather,

We had a bear on the yard a few years ago. It was stadning outside the patio doors watching the hockey game that we were also enjoying.


8:44 PM

Blogger Myron said...

Hey Tan,

No you failed to mention that. Are you guys going to start packing some heat when you travel outside Summerland?

Or perhaps you should just pack heat everywhere you go. The library can be nasty.


8:46 PM

Blogger Jeremy said...

I don't think I ever told you about the super scary near miss I had on that road back from your place last year. I was driving home in the dark by myself, and suddenly just had a sense that something wasn't right...slammed the brakes and as I was slowing down, I saw the vague outline of a huge black horse in the middle of the road. It kinda ambled off to the side as I swerved past. Damn wild horses. It was like it my subconscious just before I could actually register seeing it.

10:24 AM

Blogger Jeremy said...

Seriously, a post every couple of months isn't really cutting it. Your readership awaits.

10:36 PM

Blogger Heather said...

Hmmmmmmm... still nothing new here. And yet, I keep coming back. Maybe there will be an update one of these days. For example, aren't you expecting a new baby in a few months? I'd love to hear how Tracey's doing. And Elijah too. And Myron too.

12:50 PM

Blogger Tannis said...

Since we're into bugging My for not posting anyway, I thought I'd put in a special request for barn raising pictures once it's up. Oh, and you can all check my blog for a new entry sometime in the next two to six months.

5:49 PM


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