As I’ve said many times on this blog, I live in the middle of nowhere. Before I met my husband 27 years ago, I had not ever been out this way even though it is only half an hour from where I grew up. I remember the first time he drove me out to his “home” when we were dating. It seemed we drove forever into what felt like a distant land. There were even fewer homes along the route then than there are now. We drove into a remote landscape of fields and woods, farther and farther from “civilization.” Of course now it’s just home. It no longer feels “remote,” except for the fact that we have to drive half an hour to ANYTHING, and it’s closer to an hour’s drive to any real shopping area when we need supplies. (That’s one of the “extra” great things about The Wish List – supplies come way out here TO me.) Anyway, back to the reason I am describing my surroundings. Wildlife. I live in an area flourishing with wildlife. I have enjoyed this so much over the years. Deer, rabbits, all kind of birds (including turkeys in my yard), squirrels, raccoons, opposums, the occasional fox, coyotes, turtles, snakes, frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, skinks, etc.
Of course, these great animals don’t stick around for me to run for my camera. I have very few pictures of the wildlife in my area. One year, I was lucky enough to get some pictures of an eagle that perched for a while in our Pine Woods.
Then just last month, I was suddenly discovering tree frogs everywhere.
I have a resident toad of some sort living in a hole under the walkway to the kennel. He is an unusual one, and I have had the privilege of watching him all summer long.
And this month, a mom turkey and her two babies have visited my yard several times.
My passion is rescuing and caring for canines and felines. But you’d have to say that I am an all-around animal lover at heart. My daughters have followed suit. They LOVE their dogs and cats, but they enjoy all kind of animals. Younger Daughter is especially fond of turtles. We’ve been calling her “the Turtle Whisperer” for years. She has nursed injured and ill turtles back to health many, many times. Just this summer, she discovered a turtle in her back yard with the most severe case of double ear infection we’d ever seen. She took it to the vet where it received treatment (I won’t describe) followed by antibiotic. She released it a few weeks later, healthy and strong.
Here are pictures of some of the successful treatments, starting back in 2008.
Today’s post serves as an introduction to a topic I’ve been looking forward to writing about. Whereas both of my daughters and I are involved with homeless dogs and cats, Older Daughter has another passion equally as strong. That story tomorrow.