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December 10, 2013

It’s the little things that we remember

TIFTON —

I saw this in the local newspaper when I lived in Bend, Ore. I hung on to it, and I just had to share...

An Oregon woman said her dog suffered several injuries during a scuffle with three deer in her yard, but the canine is expected to recover.

Tiffany Rounds of Bend said she went to get a camera to take pictures of the two doe and the buck in her backyard last week, but her dog, Daisy, bolted out when she opened the door and confronted the intruders, KTVZ-TV, Bend, reported.

Rounds said Monday the two doe "immediately started beating on her with their hooves, and then the buck comes and tries to get her with his antlers -- this big ol' rack and this small dog."

Rounds said Daisy suffered a punctured chest cavity and head wounds but she was expected to recover fully from all injuries.

Steven George, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Bend, said dog owners should beware around deer.

"The deer don't differentiate between whether it's a domestic dog or coyote," George said. "They see a dog as a predator to them."

When I lived in Bend, I came home one night and as I rounded the corner, I saw a deer at my front door. I lived in small, upstairs apartment. To get to it you had to go to the side of the building and up some stairs...so my apartment basically had its own entrance and I had a little porch. This deer was standing on the little porch, looking down at me.

I knew enough not to try and go up there and tell the deer calmly to exit the premises. But I wasn't sure what I should do. It was snowing hard, and the temperature was below zero. I wanted to get inside badly. So I grabbed a snow shovel that was leaning against the building, and I began to poke up through the wood slats, trying not to hurt the deer, only to scare her. It was a small doe, and looked very young. But she just dug her heels in and it looked like she was going to set up camp for the night. I didn't have a cell phone in those days, so I couldn't call for help, and wasn't sure I'd even want to. It was a hilarious situation I knew I'd be teased mercilessly about.

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