LOL on the stories. I love tales about animals and the situations people get into with them.
One one my favorite ones happened when I was about 12 or 13. We lived way out in the Oregon wilds then on some twenty acres and had a few cows, dogs, cats, and a flock of chickens. The one thing that made things far more interesting than usual though was that Dad was an old country boy himself, but Mom was a city gal and not used to country ways. She hated snakes, mice, spiders, and anything similar. As a result, it wasn't unusual to hear her let out a shriek, and we'd all come running to "rescue" her. Usually, a fine time was had by all.
This one summer evening though was a little different. Dad was down milking the cow and Mom decided it was time to feed the dogs. The dogfood sack was kept in a cardboard box just inside the backdoor. It was almost empty and had been pushed down inside the box. She grabbed the sack and pulled it up and opened it, and started to reach down into the sack to get the scoop, only to see a little mouse running around and around inside the sack.
Frantically throwing the sack down into the box again, she screamed and stuck her head out of the door, yelling "EDDIE!!! EDDIE!!! in a high pitched, almost falsetto voice.
Dad came trotting up with a big grin on his face. "What's wrong, honey?" as if he didn't already know from her tone of voice.
She was standing back pointing at the box with a shaking finger. "Mouse!"
"Well, I'll fix THAT!" And he took a big flying leap into the box with both feet!
Unfortunately, he missed the mouse! The mouse was, of course, terrified, and took to the nearest hole that looked like it might provide shelter --- and just happened to be Dad's pant's leg. And let me tell you, that mouse was in both 4-wheel drive and overdrive --- and gaining altitude fast!
The more altitude that mouse gained, the funnier the look on Dad's face. It was getting perilously close to forbidden territory when Dad grabbed it with both hands and crushed it to death right through the pants!
Then Mom cried because it died such a horrible death!
Us kids? We were dying with laughter. I'd give anything for a video of that time.
Edited by - LoneWolf on 16 February 2003 3:29:15