We long for spring and the return of lizards!
In warm weather, lizard hunting ranks among Sadie’s and Marley’s favorite past times. This picture from last summer, showing also the burgeoning potato vine on the fence that provided one of the lizards’ favorite hide-outs, recalls the familiar doggies’ pose in that warm-blooded season. They strive to flush the quarry out into the open for the sport of chase. And the activity truly is sport, because the lizards ordinarily do the work of preserving their hides from the much larger dogs’ spirited pursuit. Occasionally a lizard slips up and falls to the dogs’ murderous paws and jaws, but just often enough to keep dogs’ interest in the possibility.
Since lizards are cold-blooded creatures, the sport is seasonal. We miss this entertainment in the dead of winter, as the dogs miss the exercise of patrolling the fence-lines and outer walls for lizard prey. Thus, as we humans are anxious for the passing of winter and the blossom of spring, so must be the dogs, whose outlook for diversion and exercise is diminished by the rudeness of the cold the same as ours.
Winter, hie thee hence away, and return the lizards!