A Canine Followed By Foxes And A Cat That Likes Dirty Clothes

A Canine Followed By Foxes And A Cat That Likes Dirty Clothes

Dr. Gary Weitzman of the Washington Animal Rescue League meets a woman who has close encounters with curious foxes while walking her dog; another listener tells the story of a cat that urinates on his dirty clothing and an Australian Shepherd’s “separation anxiety” has its human companion seeking advice. After that Animal House producer Karen Munson delivers the latest news from the animal kingdom. Music: Dr. Gary’s theme – “Coisa No.1” by Moacir Santos; “Carnival of the Animals” – Camille Saint-Saens; London Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Gary Weitzman of the Washington Animal Rescue League meets a woman who has close encounters with curious foxes while walking her dog; another listener tells the story of a cat that urinates on his dirty clothing and an Australian Shepherd’s “separation anxiety” has its human companion seeking advice. After that Animal House producer Karen Munson delivers the latest news from the animal kingdom. Music: Dr. Gary’s theme – “Coisa No.1” by Moacir Santos; “Carnival of the Animals” – Camille Saint-Saens; London Symphony Orchestra

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I live in Arlington, near the Clarendon neighborhood and I regularly encounter Fox. In fact, yesterday I was out running around 6:15 a.m. and one walked in front of me, turned and looked and walked very slowly away, which surprised me because usually they run away when I see them. I am not sure if they are getting bolder around humans or if he/she was just checking me out. It made me feel a bit unsettled that it did not run away.

I did not have my 9 mth old Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix with, thank goodness because she would have tried to run after it, even on the leash.

We had a fox in our neighborhood that about a year ago had a nest and kits under my neighbor's shed and it would make this barking like noise if you got anywhere near that area, so they are definitely in this area. I am an early morning runner/walker and they are around more in the very early morning.

March 31, 2012 - 12:29pm

Foxes are often fed by people when on walks or in their backyards. Urban wilderness is the mix of people who do not know how to, or not to, interact with wild animals. Often the result is wild animals become accustomed to humans and their pets. The result is often what your caller described. I have had a family of foxes come and beg for food right near the Lincoln memorial.

March 31, 2012 - 12:29pm

We also have a lot of rabbits in our neighborhood, a truly growing population and my neighbor said that rabbits bring foxes and that foxes bring coyotes. I was not sure if he was kidding or serious, but yikes.

March 31, 2012 - 12:32pm

Foxes would look around a lot and then act sneaky. They are normally extremely wary of humans and that is why they are not usually kept as indoor pets. - Rich Von

May 29, 2013 - 2:25am