Snow makes for some interesting behavior when spring comes around. Animals aren’t quite sure how to deal with the receding snow.
Years ago, I was quite amused by the fact that the dogs would pee only on the snow that was left over until it was melted and they had no choice. It still strikes me as odd, even after all of these years of witnessing the behavior by one dog after another.
This week I’ve been watching the deer quite a bit. We have a lot of them in the field behind the house. I rarely see a deer lying down, but this week I’ve seen a number of them all resting on the last bits of snow. The field is mostly bare, though there is plenty of snow on the shady parts. That is where I saw the deer in repose.
I suppose that behavior is like that of the dogs peeing on the snow. They do what they’ve done for months until the circumstances change. I suppose we humans are much the same. Short-term memory makes for easy decisions on what to do next. Long-term memory makes us who we are. I wonder if the deer and the dogs would agree.