It’s that time of year again. RVers are flocking to Arizona to hang out in the desert around Quartzsite, shop the vendors, enjoy the sunsets, meet up with old friends, and feed the coyotes.
It seems to be a sad and sickening annual event. Every winter I hear from people that lose pets to coyotes and other wild animals. Just last May I wrote a blog about this very thing titled It’s Cruelty, Not Love. Won’t people ever learn? Apparently not.
The other day I got an e-mail from somebody telling me to warn blog readers about coyotes because they lost their Sheltie while dry camping near Quartzsite. They were both horrified and appalled. “We had Misty tied up outside on a leash and the coyote just jerked her right out of her collar and was gone before we could get outside,” they wrote.
While I sympathize with their loss, all I could think was, well what did you expect? You come into the coyote’s back yard and leave your dog tied up outside, and he thinks you just delivered dinner. Don’t blame the coyotes, they are just doing what’s natural. People, if you are going to have animals, please be responsible pet owners. It only takes a second for a predator to grab your cat or dog and make off with them.
And you don’t have to be out in the boondocks to encounter coyotes. The other day Miss Terry and I saw a pair of them crossing the road in front of us about a mile from our RV park, which is on a major road here in Apache Junction.
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Thought For The Day – The brain is am amazing organ. It works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the moment you are born right up until the moment when you fall in love.