A few milliseconds later when my camera was primed, an exuberant spaniel burst out of the undergrowth in hot pursuit of the deer.
The Springer shot across the track, ears akimbo and disappeared stage right immediately after the deer.
Thank goodness our two canine charges are on leads - people let their dogs get up to all sorts of mischief I thought to myself, looking back to notice that there was only a single PBGV on the lead behind us. There was no sign of the Tibetan Terrier who had previously been grumpily padding along behind us with all the enthusiasm of an HBOS Director entering a Select Committee hearing.
But lo! What is this flying furball shooting from the left at an altitude of 4 feet?
Yes..it's the Terrierist alright, in hot pursuit.
Within a couple of minutes Spaniel and Terrierist returned to the track and we walked on as if nothing had happened.