Today, I am thankful for bears in the neighborhood.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. ~Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce
One tried to climb our fence late last night and ended up tearing down the gate and one 5 foot section. Fortunately, T, our chocolate Labrador retriever, didn't see the damage this morning while I watered the plants. If he had, he would have escaped the yard and panicked his parents.
S and I propped up the fallen fence and tacked chicken wire along the opening (just in case). We'll install a new gate and rebuild the broken section. No harm, no foul. Dominic reported that a mother bear and her cub explored his family's trash bin last night.
The deer, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, bears, foxes, mountain lions, owls, snakes and other wildlife that visit our neighborhood remind me that we live in the mountains and must tolerate their "trespasses." We humans, after all, are the real intruders.
For this blessing, I am grateful.