I just took my dog out for a night time constitutional which concluded with me in hot pursuit of our domestic canid, who, in turn, had taken off as if on fire after a smaller animal, an urban coyote, had the temerity to cross our driveway out of the dark.

I had assumed coyotes must live around here but this was the first time I’d seen one. I think I know where they must live and I assume the recent flooding has probably disrupted their lairs and routines.

I closely lectured the cat about the importance of keeping insideam but she only sharpened her face against my extented finger.