Originally published December 9, 2017. Events occurred December 7, 2017 in Dryden, Michigan at Functional Rustic.
The day a deer wearing a bright orange collar stopped by the house is a day I will never forget.
It was a cold Michigan morning and I was getting my day started. It began like any other day at Functional Rustic. The dog and I went to the barn to tend to the ducks and gather the supplies I would need for the day. The tasks ahead could easily be completed in the house where it is warm so I made the decision to move all my pallets and paint to the house.
Same as any other day, as I approach the house I instinctively look over my shoulder to check on the dog. This time however — it was not the dog at my heals sniffing the back of my coat. It was a deer — with a bright orange collar. As if the fact it was wearing a collar was not an indication enough to not shoot, the collar had “DON’T SHOOT” written on it. Ha Ha.
I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity so I got the camera rolling. Initially I tried to keep my distance — collar or not it is still a wild animal. It was a very cute and very friendly wild animal though. He kept nudging at my hands but ignored any food or water offered.
I wanted someone else to witness this too so I tried to coax it toward the neighbors yard. Either the neighbor gets to experience the miracle of playing with the yearling buck or they can be there to help me if it knocks me out.
Soon enough the neighbor arrived — full hunting apparel and gear — from the woods. I wave him over and proclaim, “Look, I got one!” He too is amazed and perplexed by what we see.
When the Deer with a Collar first arrived I rushed the dog into the house. By this time though, the dog was going nuts wanting to come out and play and the Deer with a Collar kept trying to play with me. Thinking only of how cute it would be and not at all of the risks involved — I let the dog out.
They did a slow sniff meet-and-greet to check each other out. In no time they were in play mode though. Watching it was equal parts awe and fear. The whole experience was surreal.
Below is a short movie of the videos I took the Day a Deer With a Collar Came to Functional Rustic. Enjoy!
Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic
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