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.
Have a wonderful week! ❤
How nice to see them again! Gorta is beautiful – great smile. I hope you are doing well and visiting Pat the Foxman is a good way to start. Stay well. All ok here.
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
Gorta is adorable 🙂
Thank you so much! Glad to hear from you.
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!)
It is fantastic that you are still walking! What about the fires? How is the air quality?
It is always nice to have some sort of continuity or familiarity. I recall indeed the other years. Thank you, Inese. Happy to read you ^^
Thank you so much, Francis! How is everything?
A bit rushed, Inese. But hopefully will finish many works. Hope you had a nice time ^_^
So nice to see you again! Marvelous photos! Pat’s love for Gorta shines! Very sorry to hear about Henry.
Thank you so much. It was a shock to learn that Henry is dead. I think he couldn’t live alone.
Thanks for the follow-up Inese. Good to see this little one is doing so well!
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:)
Good to see you again, and of course seeing Gorta all “grown up.”
Hope you are staying safe and well.
Thank you so much Takami!
Hugs and best wishes.
Thank you! He is a beautiful little fox.
Wonderful way to step back in. I always loved the fox posts.
Thank you so much!
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.
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 ❤
Near normal is pretty good. And I’m glad I offered some summer entertainment. Hugs ❤ ❤ ❤
So cute!!! Gorta looks wonderful and makes me want to play with him too.
Thank you! Oh I am afraid he will never let me touch him. His teeth are sharp and ready to snap:)
I can completely understand. I am sure it was so tempting to touch him so badly.
It’s great to hear from you again, Inese 🙂 I imagine that Gorta would have difficulty surviving in the wild.
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.
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.
Thank you so much, Leah!
Snail hunting? How interesting. I wonder if our local foxes like snails.
Crunchy-crunchy! 😉 I think they all eat snails and bugs.
Wonderful to hear from you! Wonderful posting! Wonderful Gorta!
Thank you so much, Bruce. I haven’t been on WordPress since June. Thought I should post something cute:)
What a pleasant surprise to have come across your beautiful offering, as exotic as Gorta! Please keep yourself safe.
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.
So happy to visit with you this morning. I’ve thought of you often. Wonderful post !
Thank you so much, Michael! I wasn’t in a good state to run the blog. Now I feel much better.
Those head and body positions, even when being carried, are identical to our new puppy…’tis uncanny, Inese.
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.
quality not quantity – And you certainly create that ! 😉
I hope you’re well !
Thank you so much for your kind comment, Leo!
Good to see them again via your beautiful photos.
Comments are closed.