Tim Dowling: a local fox has started stalking me

He is recognisably the same animal every time. I could even pick him out in a fox lineup

Several times a day I receive email updates from a website that purports to be dedicated to my immediate neighbourhood. Together these updates comprise a litany of lost pets, suspicious characters, unscrupulous tradespeople and stolen deliveries. Occasionally, I’ll click through for more information, and when I do I always think: this is not a local issue. Stop coming on here with your Chiswick problems.

My local issue is a fox. Where last year’s fox formed an unholy friendship with our dog – they played together in the dead of night, by standing appointment – this year’s fox wants to be friends with me.

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