Georgia vs. Woodchuck

May 26, 2014

This morning, Georgia let herself out and caught a woodchuck in the backyard.

Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!

I was still in bed, but heard a screeching noise, so leapt up and saw her with this huge thing in her mouth and my heart nearly exploded. 

I’ve heard stories of woodchucks being very vicious and causing dogs a lot of damage. Georgia had it by the neck, and was shaking it and shaking it and shaking it. To her, it was a really fun squeaky toy because it made noise and fought back, what a challenge. Ack! 

I’m watching this from upstairs in the kitchen yelling and trying to think what to do. Nothing, as it turns out. When she got it sufficiently subdued, she brought it through her dog door into the basement. I raced to shut the kitchen door so she couldn’t bring it into the actual house. I didn’t want that thing in my living room or on my bed. Ewwww! 

When I heard her go back outside, I went down to the basement and she had left it, right there, at the bottom of the stairs. 

It wasn’t dead! Oh God, Oh God, Oh God! 

I got a shovel and even though it tried to chew on the shovel I pushed it until I could get it on the shovel, took it outside and threw it over the fence. I’m sure there’s something else I should have done, but Ewwww, again!

Georgia appears to be fine. There was a drop of blood just below her eye, but I couldn’t tell if that was hers or the woodchucks. 

I’ve discovered I’m not an adrenaline junkie. A couple hours later and my heart still feels 3 sizes too big.

At her core, Georgia’s a protector and she was protecting her territory.

Oh God!

Kind of makes this toy seem irrelevant.


A visit from a Fox

January 15, 2012

Georgia has been especially loud and insistently bothered by something. Finally found out what it was. We’ve got a fox living nearby that’s been teasing her. Of course, the fox knows that she can’t get to him, so he seems to saunter along the hillside just outside her fence, torturing her.

I witnessed it today and documented it as well.

The fox just sauntering along

More fox-like sauntering

Little visitors

May 30, 2011

We had a few visitors this weekend.


There was also a fawn, but by the time I got my camera out he was pretty far away.


animals attack barking book

January 19, 2011

I was perusing my blog here and the tag cloud caught my eye. If I read some of those tags as strings of potential sentences I get the darndest image in my head. As evidenced by the title of this post. It’s like those magnetic words that live on the refrigerator,  you can put words together that make no sense, but actually make sense.

If I was a creative writer I’ll bet I could write some really great stories, or a better artist, I could draw some really funny pictures.

  • Animals attack barking book
  • Christmas communication cookies
  • Vacuum veggies video

Of course this will all change as I add more tags, but it’s fun to think about now.

Is That Lion Smoking a Pipe?

December 5, 2010

On a recent visit, I gave my nieces and nephew a book by one of my favorite authors from childhood. Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever is chock full of inventive and fun stories and characters. At 280+ pages it provides hours of enjoyment for kids.

Photo, cover of Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever

Cover of Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever

However, those classic stories contain things we as kids never thought about, but today are quite novel. My sister-in-law has informed me that my nephew now has his stuffed animals smoking pipes. Just as those bears, rabbits, mice and lions are illustrated smoking pipes. Yikes! You never know what will resonate with kids.

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