Update from Pat The Foxman


What is the best way to start all over again after a long absence? My bet is on foxes.

I have been to Thomastown a couple of times after the lockdown. Pat is busy in summer helping neighbors, looking after his chickens and ducks and his vegetable garden. We just share our pictures and news, talk about little Gorta and his latest adventures. Then a neighbor calls in and it is time to leave.

Henry, the 9 years old male fox, died this spring. He could live another couple of years, but the injuries he sustained as a cub took their toll. Henry had 176 stitches on his body and has been in pain all his life. Now all three foxes are united somewhere in the Universe where the rainbow bridges span over the land of milk and honey.


Little Gorta is not that little any more. This playful one year old fox loves cuddles and snacks and lives a relaxed life of a spoiled daddy’s boy and a video star. He is house trained and has never spent a night in the shed. Here is a link to my first post about Gorta.

As you see, his color has changed. Baby foxes have black fur when they are born. It turns grey after a month and sand-colored for another 2-3 months. Now Gorta is as red as any other grown up red fox.




One day we take Gorta to the field. He loves snail hunting.


For his own safety, Gorta isn’t allowed to run free outdoors, but as he doesn’t know any better, the chain doesn’t seem to be bothering him. 


He loves a belly rub and a game “I will catch your tail” 😉 He understands the words, and is all smiles and excitement.




Life is going on. 


Thank you for being so kind and understanding, my friends.

www.inesemjphotography Have a wonderful week! ❤


    1. Thank you so much! Glad everything is all right.
      I have been to see Pat a couple of times this summer. Knowing that he is busy I didn’t bother him with telephone calls, and sometimes I was lucky to find him home. It is only a half an hour drive. I am sad that we never had the time to hang out with Henry the fox this year, and now he is gone. I think he missed Grainne and Minnie, and he just couldn’t bear living alone. Gorta lives in the house with Fred the dog. Spoiled rotten LOL

  1. Good to ‘see’ you again. I have not been active on WP either – but still walking, enjoying outdoors, gardening and playwriting. (But the visits to my page go on. A life of its own. Ha!)

    1. Thank you so much Syd! The little one is doing well indeed. He is lucky to compare to the other three foxes who were either mauled or suffered from malnutrition in their early life. This one is a happy lad, loved and spoiled:)

  2. I’m so glad you’re spending time with Pat and Little Gorta, Inese. You must do that which brings you joy and sustains you. What more could your friends here ask than that? Beautiful photos as always. Take good care of yourself. Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much, Diana. The things are getting back to normal – or a near normal. I returned to work last Monday. Will see how it goes.
      Your Ferryman and the Sea Witch brightened my summer ❤

    1. Thank you Rosaliene! Gorta wouldn’t be able to survive. The wild foxes would kill him. Pat got the cub a year ago and house trained him.

  3. Awww, what adorable pictures of Gorta! And such interesting pictures of a wild canid who shows such dog-like behavior. I’m sure that happens only under certain conditions.

    1. Thank you so much, Uma! I wish Gorta let me pet him, but looks like he is going to be like Grainne who never let anyone but Pat pick her up.

    1. Probably it is because all the critters are the same. They all love to be cuddled and petted and shown affection. Also, Gorta spends most of his time with Fred the dog. Not a good role model if you ask me LOL, but he sure has an influence.

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