Little Dogs on the Prairie

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In a recent post I mentioned that I didn’t want to bore anyone with my many, many, many shots of incredibly cute prairie dogs in South Dakota and Wyoming. I received comments urging me to bore them with more shots, so I will comply with their requests.

On a recent trip of National Parks we encountered huge fearless populations of prairie dogs at Wind Cave National Park and at Devil’s Tower. They are so stinking cute it’s impossible to not stop and shoot. Once you start your brain waves change and you cannot stop. You enter a Prairie Dog Induced Coma – I capitalize because this is a technical term. I have concerns that viewing images may cause the same effect. Proceed at your own risk…

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This is the prairie dog that attacked Karen – after thinking about this for a while, it may have been trying to wake her from the Prairie Dog Induced Coma (PDIC) – this little guy may have saved her life!

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Some dogs operate in pairs – one alway serving as a look-out. Seems that the skinny one is usually the look-out, wonder why?

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Note how the dog on the left looks both ways while his cohort continues to eat without concern.

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The area to the left of the posts is the only area where humans are allowed to walk. Note that prairie dogs don’t care about our rights.

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These two were talking about us, I just know it!

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It amazes me that those little tails can keep them upright. This guy looks about ready to nod off.

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The valley below Devil’s Tower was filled with dogs – does this remind anyone else of “Whack-a-mole”?

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Nice digs! Note that another dog has violated the treaty and is digging in the dirty where people belong!

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If I am allowed a favorite prairie dog, this one is it. This mother dog looks like she has been through it. I’m thinking she took on a coyote or a fox to defend her young, or maybe she cut herself shaving. Either way, she’s a badass!

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It’s amazing she has such good posture, she could use a tiny 8-cupped bra. Brave little thing – my hero!

Next a series of shots taken in about 30 seconds of a very paranoid prairie dog…

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Gives you whiplash.

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Curious

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Balanced

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Butt dragger

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Chomping

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King of the Prairie

OK – look away from the screen before it’s too late….

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21 thoughts on “Little Dogs on the Prairie

  1. I simply want to tell you that I am all new to blogging and site-building and seriously savored this page. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have incredible well written articles. Thanks for sharing with us your web page.

  2. I’m with Delilah on this- I’m sUre prairie dogs would love to live in our garden. πŸ™‚ They are so cute! What do they eat? I’d love to see inside a prairie dog burrow. I love the badass momma too. πŸ™‚ Poor little darling! Her babies must be proud! πŸ™‚
    I love your nature photos! πŸ™‚
    Love from Rach

    • It looks like they eat grass and roots. The park radio said that they do not drink water and that you should not feed them becuase it could be harmful. The look like they eat almost constantly.

      • I would’ve been really tempted to feed the badass.. It’s amazing they can get such round tummies eating grass and roots! πŸ™‚
        Rach.

  3. oh my gosh, I want prairie dogs in my garden too!!! πŸ˜€ They are Gorgeous!!! I’ve never seen one before. Raccoons, prairie dogs, squirrels, chipmunks and meer cats- wouldn’t that make a wonderful menagerie for a garden?! πŸ˜€ Miss D. X

    • Yes – coma. Completely overtaken-must seek help! Fantastic shots! We lived in Colorado where there is a large prairie dog population. At night we could hear them howling for miles. It was so funny to listen to them and we would make up stories about them and what they saying to each other. Nice post.

      • Thanks – you could actually see them talking back and forth to each other. kind of a chirping sound – very sweet. the one that lunged at Karen made a very different sound – more of a squawk.

  4. I remember seeing these little critters the last time that i was in Alberta but i have not seem them in a long time. Your photos are great as there is such sharp detail in them.
    Cheers

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