For almost as long as I can remember, I've walked in the woods with my cats. There was a time when we'd go exploring for hours; cover real distance. But as the years passed, I became more and more familiar with the creatures that shared the woods around us and I began to encourage the cats to stay closer to home. Too many fishers, fox, coyotes and dogs were ranging close by.
You can learn a lot following an animal. I can't hear what they hear, nor see what they see. I try. These days, I walk with Willy. He shows me holes where chipmonks live, mouse runs, snake trails, and various scat. We stop where others have traveled, rested, fed and left scent behind ..