"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label snakes why'd it have to be snakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snakes why'd it have to be snakes. Show all posts

Friday, October 30, 2015

Snake Dog

Thena has proven to be quite the snake dog.  It's funny
how she will find one and then raise the alarm.  She has a 
very specific bark and I end up with chills down my spine.

We have had many snakes breach the yard this year.  Two under the porch,
several in the grass, and one by the house under the trash can.

I had arrived home and walked to the trash can to toss a water
bottle out.  Thena was crazy doing her snake bark and Millie would not let
me go near the can.

I called my knight.  Yep.  I call him for all 
of my snake issues.  I confess I have taken care
of snakes, when I needed to, but I prefer not being
the one to handle them as they scare me ever so much.
My Bill can make it to the farm in warp speed when I call.
The above picture is the snake as he was ready to strike when
Bill took care of it.

A silly thing about discovering a snake is that I cannot
leave sight of the snake until it is removed.  It is a horrible ten to
fifteen minutes but I am more creeped out about where the snake
may go...so Bill thanks for your timely arrival!

This was the thickest snake we have seen on the farm 
and tied for the longest.

It had the largest rattle of any that have made it to
the Double Nickel Farm science museum.


Now to Thena, I am thankful that we listen to the warning 
that she gives us.  She is an incredible desert dog and loves
the farm life. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sequence of events since the snake bite

as requested~in reverse.  
Here's Samson.   He weighs over 150 lbs.  I had no idea how large 
he really was until I drove with him in the front seat of our SUV.
His nose is still quite swollen from the rattlesnake bite on Sunday.

I share in reverse so you have the good news before you see the

Bill and I were filling the truck with wood and the dogs were
with us.  As usual, they were digging under the pallets of seasoned
wood.  We cleared the pallet and believe me, were aware of our 
environment~but heard no rattles and so thought nothing of it.

As we tossed the last of the wood into the truck we heard the rattling 
of the snake.  This noise of a rattle is one of the scariest sounds 
I have ever heard.    I immediately headed towards the house with the 
dogs, to get them away from the snake. 

Bill took care of the snake.
The snake was 39 inches long and had nine rattles.

When I got to the porch, I called for Fourth and then 
glanced at Samson and saw his nose and the blood.

Once I saw the blood, I knew it was too late and Sam
had been bitten by the rattlesnake and I called for Bill. 

This was moments after Samson was bitten
and Bill was getting the truck and I was calling the vet.

The swelling nearly tripled in size by the time Bill
made it to town~a bit of a trip as we are in the sticks.

I stayed home and remembered that the head needed to
be secured.  Ugh.

And that is the end of the sequence of events in reverse.

Samson is doing great.  He is on some meds for a few 
more days, but will make a complete recovery.  

The snake
won't, and for this farmer's wife~that is great news.

 Bonus:  The Double Nickel School Science Museum 
secured another item for its desert dwelling exhibit.