She doesn’t look it in this picture, but PJ, our “rescued” dog, is one very helpful pet! Not only does she keep good watch over DH as he works around the place, she also does not like any animal intruders and is quick to alert us when something encroaches on our yard (except for people… she doesn’t even bark at people!).
A few days ago we were visiting with friends in Natchez, MS and they were telling us about their dog, Hunter, being such a good watchdog. This summer Hunter has alerted them to the presence of 6 snakes in their yard. The first 4 were harmless, but the last 2 were rattlesnakes. They told us that Hunter has a special bark he uses when he spots a snake. They can tell from the sound of his bark that he has found another one.
This morning I was in my bedroom and PJ was right outside the window. She started barking strangely. After the story from my friends this really caught my attention… I usually just ignore PJ when she barks. She was staring at a spot on the ground and going around it in circles, but not getting close. She was barking and growling. I quickly went outside to see what was the problem. Because our grass is mostly brown from the drought, it took a while to spot it… there in the grass close to the steps was a 14” long snake. It was very hard to see, but I could see enough to tell it was a poisonous snake (stocky body, triangular head). DH had just left to go to a funeral. I could not let the snake get away… he might later bite one of my pets or one of us.
I looked and found a sharp-shooter shovel. The snake is now history. This is my first poisonous snake kill, and I hope I don’t have to do it again any time soon. Upon investigation, the snake was a
water moccasin copperhead. (I have also discovered that I need a class in snake identification. Because he was in the process of molting, the coloration was not easily identifiable as a copperhead, but more the color of a moccasin! DH helped with the identification when he got home.) I hope he doesn’t have any relatives that come calling!! I will for SURE be paying more attention to where I am walking in the yard!
ATTA GIRL, PJ!! You have earned yourself an extra treat today. Right now, she is laying on her quilt on the couch in the COOL(after I spent a while dusting her off) . Tonight we will ignore the vet’s suggestion that she is to be on a stricter diet to lose weight and give her some sort of food treat.
Add one more thing to my list of country-living skills…
Kathy Ellzey --- SNAKE SLAYER!!!
Have a blessed day, with no slithery reptiles!