Yesterday morning DH and I were out walking the dog just after sunrise. The dog went snuffling around a pile of deadfall. The dog is about 50 pounds border collie lab mix. She's small but very very fast. We clocked her at a steady 22 miles an hour for over a mile. Having said that, most things she chases, she catches! She doesn't know what to do with them and after tackling them just sits back like "OK you're it!" So suddenly a black streak came shooting out of the deadfall and took off. I assumed it was her until she came after! It was all black, too big to be a cat, too black and fast for a gopher, not a raccoon, nor a skunk. I've never seen a fully black fox. Could it have been? It was FAST! She chased it off our property and let off the chase. (Good dog.) There are no bobcats etc where we live that I know of...... What WAS that thing?!