If you look closely at the photo you'll see the tiny little speck out in the back field, that's Gage "hunting". He basically takes his BB gun and rolls around in the grass and (if you ask him)he "shoots" all kinds of wild coyotes, panthers, bobcats, etc. which translates to shoots his cardboard targets. However, one of my fears is letting my unaided child go out and play alone, here in the middle of nowhere, in the country and a real coyote, bobcat or worse creep up. During the summer I worry about the two feet copperheads just as I do the six feet rattlesnakes, and all the other country creatures that roam. Today however, I'm assuming this could happen anywhere, but no sooner than he had walked into the house from his morning "hunt", my puppy began to bark.
I look outside and see these. A large pack of dogs that are all bigger than he and in fact almost as big as me! Horrified that he could have been out there when they crept up, I tell him that he is not allowed out there alone for the rest of the day. But what about tomorrow?...or the next day or the next. One of my biggest sighs of relief was when he received his cochlear implant and could hear dangers as they approached. Now I'm horrified to let him play outside alone (which at almost 8 yrs old, he prefers!)