So it's just about dusk, the beagles are out in the yard playing.. then they both start howling like crazy.. I mean really going nuts. Last time they did that my neighbor was wandering around the yard with a flashlight looking for his cat. So of course I get up to go see what the heck is going on. So down by the pond stands mamma moose and her baby.. and my two stupid beagles are howling and barking at them. Dumb dumb dogs. So ya know, I love those dumb dogs and I cant let mamma moose stomp them in to oblivion.. So I walk out there calling the dogs off but they have obsessive compulsive disorder so they aint listening. I wander up behind the older beagle and was able to grab her by the hind legs and pull her away from the moose. At that point I was within 10 feet of mama. I was shocked how calm she was with baby there just standing by the pond staring me down. I made it quick to grab the dog and back away making sure mama knew I was backing off. One dog down, one to go. I wander down to the lower field where the younger dog.. amazingly that dog came when I called her but I had to be close enough for her to see and hear me. At that point I was about 20 feet from mama moose. Now that the dogs were rustled up I took them inside and grabbed the camera. Just so you get an idea how big a moose is, here's mama and baby standing by my full size ford bronco. here's the younger dog doing her thang.. sorry the picture is blurry, my wife was having a fit cause ya know the dogs are the "babies".. and the autofocus isn't so great at dusk. This one is really blurry, but thats me on the lower left corner walking down to get the dogs.. you can see how close i got and this wasn't even the closest point.. my wife (behind the camera) freaked when she saw how close i was and went in side..