What the Dog Drug In: With Emphasis on the What?

Tsuga's Disgusting Discovery du Jour

He ran off. Again. Up the Valley of Bones–the boulder field of a former high, rocky mountain long ago weathered away.

For some reason, it is among those jumbled, moss-and-fern-covered stones that the local wildlife goes to day, as there are no front porch steps to crawl under like our dogs used to be fond of doing on their last days.

And here’s what he found: but what is it?

The tail is almost 18″ long. You can see a close-up of the fur, white-tipped, overall dusky brown to gray.

My best guess is coyote. Any other guesses?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Coyote for sure, Fred….. An illustrious lineage of canine companions have had a taste for such things. The only thing they all liked better was a large lump of bear poo (and they rolled on that).

  2. Yeah, Fred, that’s a ‘yote. I’m guessing it was getting old or sick and the others turned on it during a feed.