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Ruby Sees (And Smells) Wildlife

We just returned from a trip to 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 wildlife in Custer State Park!

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison are among the wildlife in Custer State Park in South Dakota

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

The burros are not really feral donkeys are some of the wildlife in Custer State Park

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

wildlife at Custer State Park in South Dakota

Prairie dogs a plenty and other wildlife in Custer State Park

Prairie dogs are all over the place …

Male antelope stops traffic along with other wildlife 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

 more wildlife in Custer State Park

and bison, lots and lots of bison

Ruby visits Custer State Park in South Dakota

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. Mark Muller
    August 30, 2017 / 5:15 am

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

  2. Bouncing Bertie
    August 30, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Oh we are loving that wee burro.

  3. Yamini MacLean
    August 30, 2017 / 9:31 am

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

  4. Julie
    August 30, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Oh my ruby, what amazing wildlife fur you to sniff! What a wonderful time you must have hadLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  5. The Green Dogs
    August 30, 2017 / 10:53 am

    What an amazing place to visit! 🙂

  6. Emma
    August 30, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Wonderful shots of the wildlife!

  7. Molly the AireGirl
    August 30, 2017 / 12:08 pm

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

  8. Sandra
    August 30, 2017 / 12:08 pm

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

  9. Cathy Armato
    August 30, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    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

  10. stellaroselong
    August 30, 2017 / 1:44 pm

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

  11. Madi and Mom
    August 30, 2017 / 2:27 pm

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

  12. Denise Gruzensky
    August 30, 2017 / 5:33 pm

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

  13. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    August 30, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    So many animals to see – great photos too. We are amazed at how long the burros legs are.Woos – Lightning and Misty

  14. The Swiss Cats
    August 30, 2017 / 6:51 pm

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

  15. da tabbies o trout towne
    August 30, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    ruby….for sum reezon we wanna brake inta song…..♫♪♫ oh givez mee a home ~~ ♫♫♪♪ glad ya hada grate time N big hugz twode boss ~ ♥♥♥

  16. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    August 30, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Three dogs here would just LOVE to smell some wildlife!

  17. Harper Lee
    August 30, 2017 / 9:55 pm

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

  18. Idaho PugRanch
    August 30, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    All the wildlife look very healthy!!! Great pictureshugsHazel & Mabel

  19. pilch92 15andmeowing
    August 30, 2017 / 11:09 pm

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

  20. Mama and da DB Boyz
    August 31, 2017 / 12:33 am

    What a beautiful collection of wildlife Ruby got to enjoy!!xoxoJakey and Arty

  21. meowmeowmans
    August 31, 2017 / 3:43 am

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

  22. Brian
    August 31, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    WOW Ruby, you saw some pretty cool critters!

  23. Johnny Salib
    August 31, 2017 / 6:11 pm

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

  24. Morrie Major
    September 1, 2017 / 12:23 am

    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 🙂

  25. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    September 1, 2017 / 2:56 pm

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

  26. Sweet William The Scot
    September 4, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    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

  27. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    September 5, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    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 🙂

  28. Three Chatty Cats
    September 5, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    GREAT photos! Such a beautiful place!

  29. Beth Patterson
    September 21, 2017 / 12:40 am

    That must have been so exciting for all of you! I bet Ruby couldn't have imagined what an exciting adventure she was about to have. My, how her life has improved since she met you!

  30. Tails Around the Ranch
    December 5, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Amazing photos and adventures.

  31. Annie
    December 6, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Awesome. Critters? Count me in! Hugs.

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