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Ahhhhhhh! What an adorable memory...
By: The Broad on May 12, 2014
By: Cranky on May 12, 2014
just when I think you've told the last story that made me cry, you tell another. This is so sweet and so tender. I wanted cousin Eleanor's fox too.
By: Oma Linda on May 12, 2014
how very sweet. :)
By: TexWisGirl on May 12, 2014
As one who raised everything from bobcats to fawns to any other orphaned farm animal, I loved this story.
By: Shelly on May 12, 2014
Cute ... so what happened to Eleanor? Did she become a vet or a zookeeper, or go to work in the pet store?
By: Tom Sightings on May 12, 2014
Aww that was a cute story, I was amazed the fox was so tame, until you explained why. I did wonder what was in her sleeping bag too. :D
By: LL COOL JOE on May 12, 2014
awww this is a wonderful story- your cousin Eleanor sounds like a nice cousin to have! Cheers- have a great week!
By: Kathe W. on May 12, 2014
I wonder if the fox stayed tame or if he ever went wild?
By: PT Dilloway on May 12, 2014
What a wonderful childhood memory!
By: Arlynda Lea Beuterbaugh on May 12, 2014
Wow...that is really a great story!
By: Eva Gallant on May 12, 2014
That kit was blessed to be found and raised by friendly people, and that would be a special camping trip!
By: mimi on May 12, 2014
I was thinking tame fox right away as I once rescued one that has been bottle fed by humans. How cool she got to spend the night with such s beauty.They are my favorite animal. Great story.
By: Akansas Patti on May 12, 2014
Awww that's sweet. You're probably better off though you know, animals make such a mess. haha
By: Hey Monkey Butt on May 12, 2014
Love your trepidation at inspecting inside the sleeping bag - and the reasons for it :-)
By: Glen on May 12, 2014
Glad i read all the way because I was sure that you were making this up! That would be such a super cool experience! I love animals, messy things that they are.
By: Tabor on May 12, 2014
aaahhh, poor Eleanor and poor Stephen. what a lovely story. i'd love a pet fox
By: Fran on May 12, 2014
I thought maybe she'd gone out an caught it, with some crafty Dr. Doolittle powers.
By: Val on May 12, 2014
What a cute fox story, and no mention of any rabies shots afterwards! (I grew up being warned that foxes were dangerous - in Germany they are the main carriers of rabies).
By: Pixel Peeper on May 12, 2014
Oh no. Not for me. I'm very cautious with wild animals.
By: red on May 12, 2014
I'm sorry Eleanor lost her buddy. At least she had a night of good cuddles with a "safe" wild animal. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on May 12, 2014
A great and fascinating tale. Like other commenters, what happened to Eleanor?
By: John on May 13, 2014
Awesome story Stephen. One of your best. :)
By: Scott Park on May 13, 2014
Delightful story. I too have met people who were much more comfortable alongside animals than humans. At one point in the story I thought it might be a "coming of age" yarn, but the fox in her sleeping bag was much more original!
By: Bryan Jones on May 13, 2014
By: The Bug on May 13, 2014
Funny how animals instinctively know who will love and need them most. Foxes are a rare find. A client and I (who, like Eleanor, is better with animals than people) saw a fox (she identified it; I had no idea) run through a nearby park. That was the one and only time I've seen one. They're uniquely endearing. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on May 13, 2014
Thankfully, none of them made into my bedroll, but the snakes I have found sidling up next to where I slept were not charmed in the least after I woke up!
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on May 13, 2014
AWWWW what a cute story. Could of been scary had the fox not been so domesticated.
By: Cheryl P. on May 13, 2014
Truly a sweet memory. So glad Eleanor had a cousin like you and parents who didn't deny her what she loved. My mother also hated animals and we had few and all very small (and all very grudgingly allowed in the house ... in cages or tanks).
By: Mitchell is Moving on May 14, 2014
Good thing the fox found its way into her sleeping bag and not someone else. Otherwise the reaction to the unexpected visitor would have been... shall we say... wild! :D
By: Daniel LaFrance on May 14, 2014
What a charming story. I love the thought of a wild critter cuddling up for warmth in the night. Enchanting. What became of Eleanor? Did her natural connection with animals direct the course of her life?
By: Hilary on May 14, 2014
congrats on your POTW!
By: TexWisGirl on May 16, 2014
A wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. I loved the decision to swop your Yogi Bear bank for the fox if you could have done :)
By: Sharon Bradshaw on May 21, 2014
That is so sweet. Some children especially just have a way with animals, I love to watch it. I think we lose it as adults - replaced by fear and distrust mainly... :)
By: Jenny @ TheBrickCastle on May 21, 2014
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