You see a coyote crossing your driveway at noon! (Wouldn't that be a great picture? Sorry, I didn't have my camera in my pocket.)
You see wild fish the size of your longest finger and one even big enough to eat in your pond! (Maybe the big one is one of the $10 dollar grass carps we threw into the pond last December.)
You see two herons fly off from the banks of your pond.
You see a Canadian goose munching at the edge of the pond.
You get eaten up by mosquitoes when you go out with Flip for your morning walk.
Then you know you are "in the sticks."