Deer Food?

December 4, 2012 at 5:05 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

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6 months after we moved to our ranch, dad, Jeff, and I were driving into town.

Someone had abandoned a German shepherd puppy. She was sitting on the curb with a lost look on her face. Jeff called to her, she jumped into the pick up and we took her home. My brother named his dog Princess.

Princess loved the cats, chickens, rabbits and the occasional deer. They all used to eat the soaked up Purina dog chow together.

One day a deer wandered up to princess’s food dish and started eating. Princess would stare at the thief and cry as if we could make it leave. We couldn’t of course but when the deer had  its fill, it would disappear into the orchard, leaving behind a slightly upset and hungry princess.

We had Princess for several years until we suspected someone had poisioned our beloved dog and she died.

Life would never be the same for the animals on the ranch.

(revised excerpt from “Healing in the Storms”)


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