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.
I tried talking to her while I was poking, and I believe the word "Shoo!" was used many times. I then began to bang the shovel under the porch, but all that did was dump more snow on me. I picked up some pine cones and threw them up onto the porch, trying not to hit the deer, but I'm sure some did hit her. I didn't throw them hard, though. Just wanted to spook her.
Finally, I resorted to prayer. It should have been my first thought, I know...
My prayer went something like this: "Lord, I don't speak deer, but I know you do, since this animal is your creation. Could you please help her understand that she could get hurt up there and if she'll just turn around, she can go back down the stairs the same way she went up them?"
As I said Amen, I looked up at the deer one more time, and she looked dead at me. We locked eyes for a few seconds, and I said, "I know you don't speak human, but could you just come down? I'm cold!"
And with that, she turned and went down the stairs as pretty as you please. At the bottom of the stairs, she turned and looked at me, and then took off across the road and up the butte.
I went up the stairs, looking carefully for any brown or yellow snow, and made my way inside my warm little apartment. I was so thankful that our Heavenly Father is concerned with the big things in our lives as well as the small things...like interpreting my words on a cold, snowy Oregon night for a very scared little doe.
Perhaps the woman in the story should have prayed...
It’s easy, sometimes, to forget the small things. It becomes even easier during the holiday season. During the rush of running around and buying last minute gifts, don’t forget the little things, like saying please and thank you. Don’t forget that a smile can go a long way, particularly when aimed at someone who is working long hours at a retail store.
Don’t forget to say thank you for those who do things for you all year...your hair stylist, your mail carrier, your newspaper delivery person...you get the idea.
So I’d like to take this moment to thank some people here at the paper...
We have a couple of ladies who work at our front counter and take most of the calls and greet most of our customers...Mendy Dillard and Courtney Sawyer. I appreciate them so much. They hear the good, the bad and the indifferent, and they do so with a smile. It’s not always easy to be in a position where you deal with the public, but these ladies do it with a lot of style and heart.
Another person who is always behind the scenes is Rachel Wainwright. She takes care of customers with issues with a grace that not many have. She’s so good with people in general, and is so good to me. She helps me when I have folks out, and has no idea how much easier it makes things for me and the rest of the newsroom.
So I thank you, Rachel. You are dripping with awesome sauce.
Never take the little things – or the little things people do – for granted. And remember to do something for someone else today...something unexpected and without expectation of thanks.
You may be surprised how good it will make you feel.