Thursday, November 19

Peaceable Kingdom


The email that included these photos had several more, but I have chosen a few that tell the story. The man fed the deer some apple, and the deer seems curious about the people and the dogs, but not afraid. I did notice that in all the photos, the man kept his hand firmly on the big dog's collar, so perhaps he thought the large dog was not as peaceable as the smaller dog.


The deer "kisses" all of them in turn. It's wonderful to see them together. Too bad we can't all just show our curiosity about others, and manage to get along no matter what our differences.

19 comments:

Farrago said...

The big dog is probably safe, but maybe too friendly, and the guy was only preventing it from scaring off the deer.

Great shots, though!

LL Cool Joe said...

Yes I couldn't agree more. The world would be a much place if we did!

Lovely photos. :)

Gilly said...

What wonderful photos! I'd love to be kissed by a deer!

Helen McGinn said...

Wow, these are amazing. And that's a little Labradoodle you have there, right?
Nice to meet you! x

Arkansas Patti said...

He might have been one of those deer raised by humans from a fawn, then turned loose. Only problem I can see is that he will probably walk right up to a hunter also.
If only the lions could lay down with the lambs.

Tabor said...

The photo is charming but he should read "The Yearling" and learn tht by feeding wild animals you are beginning to take responsibility for their survival.

srp said...

Yes, it saddens me to think of what will happen to this fellow during hunting season.

colleen said...

When we were in the Florida Keys we discovered that the deer there are completely tame.

Pat said...

Heart warming photos. Our red deer of Exmoor are incredibly shy and even living here it is a rare sight to see them.

sage said...

Great photos, but we must remember they are still wild animals and we both need to respect each other.

I haven't been that close to our neighborhood deer, but I have had them within 5 feet of me and I'm a little uncomfortable with how comfortable they are--they occassionally will stand their ground and stomp their feet when my daughter is out in the yard and seem to accept out dog (who'd only want to herd them) as a friend.

oklhdan said...

Great photos....wouldn't you love to have that experience?

Buzzardbilly said...

Love the photos. During deer hunting season around here, the deer who aren't as afraid of humans bed down in people's yards. It's like they know that the hunters can't shoot close to a house.

There was a deer at a place my sister and niece stayed at when the niece was little. It was so friendly that everyone could pet it easily and it always slept close to someone's house. No need to roam. No need to forage. It had plenty of grub and love in its little park where it lived.

tiff said...

Awwww....

Shiny Rod said...

Oh deer! That's a brave deer but it is nice to see one that is curious and friendly.

Darlene said...

There's a moral here somewhere. Babies are not born fearing or hating. It is a learned condition. So sad for the trusting faun if he thinks all humans are safe.

The photos are just priceless, though.

betty said...

Great photos! I wonder what made the deer realize that the man and dog were no threat. He couldn't be that trusting around here. These hillbillies are all deer hunters, and 'tis the season. That deer would be venison on someone's table by nightfall.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Pretty amazing and very very sweet.
I went bavk and read ALL the posts I;ve missed...I am so sorry Judy...it has been days and days since I have been here...I haven't been feeling very well and just not on The Net a whole lot!

I hope "Stella" rebuils, once again....! And I hope the Claritan works, my dear!

joared said...

I remember going out into the woods with an older family member well acquainted with wildlife. He made me aware of the distinct deer odor which we discerned, then located an area where a doe had likely bedded down, probably with a fawn. I was quite moved by that whole experience which has continued to be quite memorable for me even after all these years.

rosemary said...

So, Steve feeds the deer and several does nuzzle him...I feed the deer and they snort, stomp their feet and act like....umm, wild animals. The dogs are respectful to them.