6:37 AM EDT, October 7, 2012
MOUNT FOREST TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Juli Bates daily bike ride turned more into a fairy tale recently as she rode through rural Bay County's Mount Forest Township.
Bates said as she pedaled down the street not too far from home, a white dog came out of the woods and started chasing after her. Scared, she pedaled faster, but when she noticed the dog was wagging his tail and didn't appear aggressive, she slowed down. She was then greeted by a surreal sight when a fawn with a red ribbon around its neck walked out of the woods and joined the dog.
"The dog was chasing me and I looked behind and saw the fawn was chasing me too," said Bates, who lives in the township.
Bates got off her bike and watched as the dog and fawn walked around and then snapped some pictures as they nuzzled noses.
"I thought it was really cool," she said. "I've never seen (a dog and deer) touch noses before."
The two animals hung around for a while before heading back into the woods. Bates assumes the fawn and dog are a local family's pets.
Her grandchildren, Ty Hodges, 5, Noah Hodges, 3, and Hailey Marsh, 3, have shown off the pictures at school and to friends and are convinced the fawn is a relative of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and are hoping to see him fly.
Bates said they have been riding their bikes in the area to catch a glimpse of the fawn themselves.