Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chasing Walking Sticks

The slightest movement catches the attention of dogs. And the chase is on!

His leash attached to the railing did not keep my dog Valentino from chasing the critter — it was right there on the front porch with us! Led by his keen eye and nosy nose, Valentino moved my chair out of his way to get an up close and personal look at the creepy crawly critter that had grabbed his attention.

Of course, my dog's activity caught my attention so I had to take a closer look too. Luckily I had cell phone camera in hand as I screeched the "ACK!" command that my dog and I had worked diligently on in our dog training.

Good boy that he is... Valentino backed off just enough for me to click and capture a pic of the Walking Stick bug!

As the insect creepily crawled himself up the wall of the house, my dog Valentino and I watched from a safe distance. I had already pushed the safety limits by spending those few moments getting these pictures.

Upon my own sighting of one of these critters a couple of weeks ago, I did a tidbit of research and learned that stick insects can sometimes emit a foul-smelling spray that can temporarily blind a predator. I sure did not want this happening to my dog.

Visit my poetry blog for more stick bug photo fun and to read my Walking Sticks poem.

Visit the National Wildlife Federation for a few fast facts on Walking Sticks insects.

What are your pets sticking their noses into these days? Write about it. Then share it with us by adding the link to our not-so-wordless Wednesday blog hop!


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