What Is Your Favorite Animal Tale?

| 7/17/2009 3:42:44 PM

goat on fenceIn Life on the Homestead, an excerpt from Jenna Woginrich’s book, Made from Scratch, Jenna recounts sitting on a friend’s porch watching the “farm channel.” Her friend comes out of the house to look and says, “I’ve seen that episode.” A TV on the porch? Nope, just the daily antics of the farm residents chickens, goats, pigs, horses …

If you have animals, you know how funny, endearing and frustrating they can be on occasion — great fodder for sitting-on-the-porch storytelling opportunities.

For instance, in a previous life I owned a pot-bellied pig that would get lonesome and walk about an eighth of a mile into the field to hang out with the horses. She could have come up to the porch and hung with the dogs, but she seemed to prefer horses. This was fine, except she never was aware when it was getting to be dusk. There she would be, stuck in the field. Alone. In the dark, snuffling and complaining. I would walk into the field calling her name, shine a flash light in front of her and we would walk, very slowly, with her following the little pool of light all the way back to her cozy pen.

Whether you have city dogs, cats or birds, or a farm full of livestock, you have some great stories to tell. Please share your favorite in the comments section below.

Photo by Vasyl Aleksuyk/Fotolia

sherry majors
12/29/2010 7:10:51 PM

I decided to get a heifer, we had steers up til now. So I finally found one in my price range but we had to go to Iowa to pick her up, we live in central wi. well we don't have a truck I use my 95 dodge van as my farm truck! The owner said she was only about 300 lbs! well when we got there here was this 600lb heifer! Well we finally got her into the van,We took out the middle seat. So Daisy was in the middle of the van if you could have seen the double takes we were getting on the way home it was so funny, but what really took the cake is when she backed up and sat her self down on the back seat and watched the world go by thru the window. It was a great road trip!That was until about 50 miles from home when she dropped a load but now its so funny remembering.

Texas girl
7/22/2010 11:24:53 AM

We had a Nigerian Pygmy goat that was very social so he liked to hang out with us. One night when we were hanging out on the back patio my husband had finished smoking a cigar and he threw it on the ground. Harley, the pet goat, came over and picked it up. Before we could stop him he had that thing chewed and in his tummy. 5 minutes later he couldn't stand or walk straight, he was "high" from the tobacco. Scared us at first until we realized what was going on, then it was just funny. He acted just like a drunk, still trying to act and walk straight all the while stammering and staggering around. From then on we called my husband's cigars "billy goat dope".

7/21/2010 7:18:49 PM

First of all , loved reading all the stories. I just love critters, and have several kinds in my life (ferret rescue) rats,rabbit (found on the way home from grocery store)...now who on earth as my husband said, goes to the grocery store and comes home with a rabbit? dog (s)and cats. My cats are gone now, (old age) but i miss them every day, my ferrets also 1 by 1 have passed away, rats , a plenty...we now only have the rabbit and our dog. Missy our rat was caught by one of our ferrets 1 x and well she learned, as we could leave the top of her cage open and she never ventured beyond it ever again, one evening not using my head i left a roll of paper towels next to her home, and when i woke in the morning, i was looking at her tank and thinking what is wrong with this picture, well after some pondering i realized that she had worked ALL night, pulling every bit of paper towel off the roll and stuffing it into her home! I couldn't see her for the whole roll! My ferrets...oh, how entertaining they can be! Odin loved pizza, being a free roamer, his spot was beneath our bed, but when we ordered pizza, as the smell wafted down the hall, and up his nose, he would come out, climb up onto the dining chair, and put his front paws on the table waiting for us to give him his bit of crust, which he would spirit down the hall to his hidey spot to gnosh on at his own leisure! I have loads of ferrety stories, and cats, and rats... I miss them all very much, my furry children!

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