"That can't be a dog, Marash Girl thought as she looked into her rear view mirror at a sleek dog with orange fur and a white-tipped tail loping north across Church Street; "we have a leash law in Massachusetts, and anyway, that dog looks healthier than any dog I've seen in a long while . . . It must be a red fox!"
An hour later, looking out her kitchen window, Marash Girl saw the sleek red fox trotting south through her back yard towards Cabot Woods, probably heading home to its young.
Checking MassWildlife to learn more about the habitat of red fox in Massachusetts, Marash Girl learned that the "red fox and gray fox are common and abundant in Massachusetts and can be found throughout the state, except on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket."
"Why do you think that is?" Marash Girl asked Marash Boy.
Without missing a beat, Marash Boy answered, "They probably couldn't catch the ferry!"