in the country often gives you a different
outlook on wildlife.
The following stories are funny but true!
this does not start out to be humorous it does
have a funny side to it.
summers ago we were warned that there seemed to
be a rise of rabies in wild animals.
you don't see skunks out prowling around in the
morning while fixing coffee, I looked out the
kitchen window and saw a skunk.
time we had an outside dog that would try to keep
things run off.
that she might be bitten so I got the shot gun
and killed the skunk.
that evening I went out to burn our trash and as
I went around the corner
utility building I saw 5 baby skunks.
instantly that I had killed their mother that
eased back and went to the house, got my heavy
gloves, mop bucket
plastic clothes basket.
back outside and when I got to the baby skunks I
baskets over them.
three of them and put them in an empty rabbit
that evening I caught the other two.
them tuna fish, lettuce and canned cat food.
husband Jerry was not happy about any of this!
came home I received the "LECTURE"
what I should do with these poor babies.
listen of course and continued to feed them
they were old enough to be turned loose.
received the "BIG LECTURE"
on why I
should take them out into the woods.
in the summer we had skunks coming up on our
told me YOUR BABIES are back!
following summer Jerry was sitting on the front
porch just after dark
skunk politely walked up on the porch, walked
right past him
began eating the catfood.
came in the house, got the shot gun and went back
out intending to kill it.
down in a chair and waited for it to finish
eating and leave so he wouldn't
the floor of the porch.
was in the house nearly rolling on the floor with
there for about 10 minutes before the skunk had
and walked back down the steps.
shot, it sprayed and got away!
not the best shot in the world, thank goodness!
I love him anyway!
REASON HE WAITED TO SHOOT!
Opossum for city folks )
the baby skunks came along we had a 'possum
nightly visitor at the kitchen door to eat the
'possum was growing quite rapidly and soon
up at our cats to scare them away.
night I heard an awful commotion at the back door
I went to look one of the cats and the 'possum
having a hissing contest.
got my big heavy duty flashlight stepped out on
the porch and
to whack the day lights out of the 'possum.
it ran off and I thought that would be the end of
a very few minutes it was back, JERRY GETS HIS
opened the door it ran into our carport under my
closed the door and patiently waited for it to
enough in about 30 minutes here it came back,
opens the door and KA-BOOM he shoots!
he didn't step outside the door and
deafened me with the major portion of the sound
in the house. He also blew away a good chunk of
steps, splattered various parts of the 'possum on
the side of my car,
HE GOT HIS 'POSSUM!
WEED-EATER AND THE SNAKE
in the country you just naturally expect to see
good mousers and normally I don't bother them
THEY DON'T BOTHER ME!
summer on my first forage to the outbuilding to
working I looked very carefully and found a big
along the rafters. After looking around I noticed
wasn't any evidence of mice chewing things up so
thought I would leave him alone.
several weeks, I always looked to make sure where
one morning he had left and a chicken snake
moved in. I made several trips out there and
decided to try my luck at sharpening our
has a grinder and when I turned it on to sharpen
noise or vibration must have irritated the snake.
get the snake down and examine it to see if it
got through with the blades I turned to leave and
was hanging down about a foot and a half,
forth and sticking his tongue out at me!
looked around for something to defend myself with
spyed the electric weed-eater.
grabbed it and plugged it in and started weed
process I also cut slices in a pair of rubber
pants Jerry had.
DIDN'T GET THE SNAKE!
few days later Jerry goes out and there the snake
very bold with him.
back to the house and gets his gun,
NO, NOT THE SHOT GUN!
time he gets his 22 rifle ?????
told me later he didn't want to blow a hole in
he did shoot through sheets of plywood and the
ask how that happened, but
GOT HIS SNAKE!
seems to be a good reason for gun control around
CAT AND ROOSTER!
ago Jerry decided he wanted to have
chickens around the place in
order to hear the crowing of a rooster.
We looked around and one day
found several Chinese Silkies.
Chinese Silkies have long
fluffy white feathers and fluffy down around
I thought they were pretty so
Jerry bought a couple of pairs.
them home and after a few days Jerry started
out into the yard to get "fresh"
Naturally the roosters didn't
The biggest one was continually
beating up on the smaller one.
He may have been smaller but he
had good sense!
we were sitting out in the yard and the roosters
Here they came around the
corner of the house and the little one
was making a bee line straight
for the dog house.
Our Collie was laying out in
front of it and that rooster ran over
and stopped right beside the
rooster stopped at the sight of the dog.
This continued for several
weeks with the smaller rooster
always running to our Collie
One morning I
happened to look out the window when I heard
a rooster crowing.
There the little one was,
standing in the dog house door crowing his head
In just a minute out comes the
Collie followed by our Manx cat!
The dog and cat stretched
rather lazily and the rooster flapped his wings
and they all went their
separate ways until night time.
day it was a common sight to look out when it
started to storm
and see the dog, cat and
rooster all go in the doghouse.
Ahh! Life in the country is
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