Deer? I live in the city … of Chicago!
We have deer in our forest preserves and coyotes in our cemeteries, and sometimes a cougar drops by-not my neighborhood by close enough-but we seldom have deer in our front yards. My beagle, Scooby, went crazy at the window. After failing to hush him, I gave in to his persistent barking, which seemed to say, “Look now! NOW! NOW!” and went to look out my front window. Two deer looked in. I thought, “Oh dear! Our neighbor is not going to be pleased if two deer decide to live in our backyard.”
Grabbing leashes and apples, I walked outside to get a closer look. Two children on their way to school looked at the deer, looked at me, and asked with Disneyworld awe, “Are they real?” They were. I approached the deer with leashes and my offering of apples. Leashes? Apples? No way. It was probably a good thing, since I did not have a plan once I had the deer leashed. I did herd them into the backyard with the help of a neighbor. See deer jump! I called animal service and listened closely to their new menu with new options, but deer in backyard was not an option.
Wait one minute! As the deer wandered very slowly down the city sidewalk, grazing around, resting often without one ounce of hurry about them, I caught on.
One of our Odd businesses is selling deer antlers as dog chews. It’s a family business. I sell them, my dad ships them, and my mom decides how we should spend our earnings. Click here to find out more. If you know me or my family, it will never cross your mind that we might hunt deer for their antlers. For those of you who don’t know us, rest assured that no deer or elk have been hunted, teased or bullied just for their antlers.
The deer visiting us were antler inspectors! When I grabbed the leashes and apples and set out a bowl of water, they realized they had nothing to be concerned about and slowly walked back to the woods to complete their reports: “Today suspect greeted us with leashes, apples, and a bowl of water. She was Odd, but rather dear. Case closed.”
Below are a few pictures of my pups with deer antlers.
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