I didn't realize just how close I live to the wilderness until I was walking our neighbour's golden retriever on a trail behind our house that I use frequently. Ollie ran ahead of me and when I caught up to him he was sitting calmly at the base of a tree looking up. I walked closer and closer thinking it was probably a squirrel that was fascinating him. imagine my surprise when I saw a cougar nestled on the first branch looking back right at me. Ollie and I made a hasty retreat back home with my heart pounding.