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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ruby Sees (And Smells) Wildlife

We just returned from a trip to Custer State Park in South Dakota. You can read more about our adventure in Monday's post. This was Ruby's first trip west and she was able to see and smell all kinds of amazing animals!

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison at Custer State Park in South Dakota

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison that live in the park. 

The burros are not really feral and often stick their heads in car windows looking for food

The not-so-feral burros. These cuties sometimes stick their head right inside car windows.

The burros are pretty friendly but feeding them is discouraged

Prairie dogs a plenty in Custer State Park

Prairie dogs are all over the place ...

Male antelope stops traffic in Custer State Park

as are antelope 

An antelope running across the road at Custer State Park

Mountain goat sightings are common at Custer State Park

mountain goats 

and bison, lots and lots of bison

Not bad for a little rescue dog from Chicago! You can read more about her adventures here.

Disclaimer: All photos were taken with a zoom lens from a safe distance so not to frighten, annoy or disturb any of these beautiful animals. 



  1. oh that's like being on a safari... how great... I never saw a Bison... are they really as big as a house?

  2. Hari OM
    OMD Ruby, you really did get to see so many wonderfurs critters!!! Such beautifurs countryside too... luck gal! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Oh my ruby, what amazing wildlife fur you to sniff! What a wonderful time you must have had
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. What an amazing place to visit! :)

  5. Wonderful shots of the wildlife!

  6. You got to meet so many new friends, Ruby! What a superFun trip!

  7. if it has four legs and fur I LOVE IT.. love this post

  8. WOW, these photos are incredible! I'm so proud of Ruby, what a great adventure this was for her! I'd love to visit this place. I've never been to the Dakotas, but Icy actually came from North Dakota. What kind of camera did you use?
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  9. What a wonderful trip you got to go on Ruby!!! mags

  10. RUBY you are a real cowgirl at heart loving all the smells of creatures great and small. Hugs madi your bfff

  11. Such beautiful photographs. Ruby, such a big traveling girl! So glad you got to go and you had such a great time!

  12. So many animals to see - great photos too. We are amazed at how long the burros legs are.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  13. Amazing ! What a wonderful place ! What a great trip, Ruby ! Purrs

  14. ruby....for sum reezon we wanna brake inta song.....

    ♫♪♫ oh givez mee a home ~~ ♫♫♪♪ glad ya hada grate time N big hugz two
    de boss ~ ♥♥♥

  15. Three dogs here would just LOVE to smell some wildlife!

  16. Wow, Ruby, you are one lucky dog. I'll bet your nose went totally crazy! Beautiful photos.

  17. All the wildlife look very healthy!!! Great pictures
    Hazel & Mabel

  18. Beautiful photos, I can see you had a wonderful time.

  19. What a beautiful collection of wildlife Ruby got to enjoy!!
    Jakey and Arty

  20. Amazing! Ruby, what a lucky dog you are, getting to see and smell all those wonderful critters!

  21. WOW Ruby, you saw some pretty cool critters!

  22. These are such awesome pictures! It must have been really great to see them all <3

  23. Oh my goodness that is an extraordinary array of animals you met!
    I've never even heard of most of these creatures! I do hope that you got to smell them all and give them all a head-bump... that bison looks a bit scary though... was he friendly?
    Keep posting those photos they are amazing!
    Lots of licks, your good friend Morrie :)

  24. So many new faces! It must feel good to know she's healing and not living in fear. Ruby looks happy ... and calm.

  25. Happy Labor Day Ruby and Family. We enjoyed your wild life photos. Our enjoyment for the Labor Day has been watching the neighbor across the street get a fifth wheel camper only to have it kneel in the front then go over on its side into a neighbors house. The smell was great for me as the toilet/ plumbing had not been emptied.
    Thanks for stopping by
    Sweet William The Scot

  26. I could've sworn I commented on this before! Ruby looks so happy ... it must get you right in the feels to watch her coming into her own :)


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