Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wild Turkeys

The Wild Turkey is the largest North American game bird.  Females are brown with slight iridescence, the males' plumage is ruffled iridescent bronze.  He has a large fan tail and bare blue and red skin on his head and neck.

Male and female Wild Turkeys travel in separate groups.  They wander through woods and clearings in search of food.  At night, the birds roost in trees.

During mating season, the males display for the females.  Toms woo hens by strutting their manliness with wings spread, chest puffed up and tail fanned.  He also gobbles and hums alluringly.  The gobble can sometimes be heard a mile away.

Males mate with multiple females and do not participate in rearing the offspring.  The female scratches a depression for a nest on the ground under a shrub or beside a tree trunk.  She doesn't bother much about lining the nest -any dead leaves or plant material that happen to be there suffice.  She lays 4-17 eggs and has one brood per year.  When the youngsters are about 1 day old, they follow mom around and quickly learn to find food on their own.

Some Wild Turkey Facts

-  incubation:  25-31 days

-  nestling:  1 day

-  length:  43-45 inches

-  wingspan:  49-57 inches

-  weight:  88-381 ounces

-  diet:  berries, buds, ferns, seeds, bulbs, moss, nuts, insects, snails, salamanders

-  found in most of the US, parts of Mexico, parts of Canada

-  predators:  coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, mountain lions, Golden Eagles, Great Horned Owls, humans

-  nest predators:  rodents, birds, snakes, woodchucks, foxes, skunks, opossums 

Turkeys are capable of running and flying.  However, they usually choose to walk.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 20

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Now, our question.

Recently in Michigan, a woman entered a bank, brandished a bag she claimed contained a bomb and made off with some cash.  This bank robber was subsequently caught.  She was taken into custody along with her bag.  The contents of the bag where examined.  There was something in the bag, but it was not a bomb.

What was in the bag?

Dang, I heard about this but can't
 remember what was in the bag.
  It was something edible, I think.

Hostmaster:  close, but not close enough.

A squirrel?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.
I remember now!
It was a jar of spaghetti sauce.
Hostmaster:  correct.  However, you went out of turn.  Therefore, I declare no winner.
Spaghetti sauce in a jar is full of fat and salt.  
She was robbing a bank
 for crying out loud.
  If she was hungry for spaghetti,
 you'd think her plan would be to use some
 of the stolen money and go to a nice
 restaurant- not to drink bottled sauce. 
 A cautionary tale!  Stay off the sauce!
We end this round with a groaner.
   No.  Make that a lemento!

I've got a sudden hankering
 for spaghetti.  Mangia! 
Round 20
Fluffy/Molly  9
Bryan/Cyndi  9

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

George and Fluffy

I heard on the radio
 that some woman was
 in a run-away  SUV.

Yeah, I heard that too.
The accelerator was stuck.
She dialed 911.

I know I'm just a dog but I
can't help wondering why she
didn't put it in neutral
and stomp on the brake.
What did she think
the 911 operator could do?  

It worries me sometimes that
 many people fail to act
 to help themselves.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Breed Profile: Mastiff

Pictures and descriptions of mastiff-like dogs go back as far as 4,000 years ago.  Mastiffs have been used to guard flocks and families.  Mastiffs have served as hunters for such game as lions and wild horses.  Mastiffs have been called upon to fight, in wars, as gladiators and for bull and bear baiting.

The Mastiff of today is a guardian.  Not, however, the type of guard dog that patrols the grounds, but  the type of guardian that lives with and protects his family.

Indeed, the Mastiff would rather not be left outside all the time.  He prefers to be with his people.  Though not a high energy dog, he is strong steady presence, calm and easy going.  The Mastiff is gentle, even with children pulling on his ears.

Because the Mastiff is very large and heavy, if he accidentally steps on your toe or wags his tail over a fully set coffee table, breakage may occur.

Some Mastiff Facts
also known as:  Old English Mastiff
-  weight:  120-230 pounds
-  height:  27-30 inches (at shoulder)
-  life span:  9-11 years
-  short double coat
-  coat colors:  fawn, apricot, brindle, with dark muzzle, ears and nose
Mastiff Manifesto
-  once I know the rules of the house, I will follow them, in my own good time
-  if you want a giddy emoter, get a Bishon Frise.  Meanwhile, hold still while I lean on you.
-  that's right.  I drool.  Keep towels handy or I'll be forced to use your lap as a napkin.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Chipmunks are small Ground Squirrels.  (Prairie Dogs, by the way, are large Ground Squirrels.)  Ground Squirrels, as the name implies, spend the bulk of their time on the ground.  Chipmunks are however, quite capable of climbing, and do climb.

Omnivores, the Chipmunk eats a variety of foods, including seeds, nuts, fruits, buds, grass, shoots, fungi, insects, worms, and bird eggs.

Most chipmunks dig burrows in the ground with an area for sleeping, nesting and storing food.  The burrow is accessed by one or more tunnels.  Some chipmunks live in logs, bushes or bird nests.

Not true hibernators, Chipmunks go into a state of torpor.  To prepare for winter, Chipmunks don't store fat in their bodies, they store food.  They gather the food, carry it in their cheeks, then place it in their nest to be eaten later.

Chipmunks are solitary and pretty much ignore each other until Spring when they mate.  The pair typically has one litter of 2-8 pups.  The youngsters stay with mom and dad for about 2 months.  Then the family separates.

Some Chipmunk Facts

-  approximately 25 species

-  average life span:  2-3 years

-  size:  body 4-7 inches, tail 3-5 inches

-  weight:  1-5 ounces

-  gestation:  30 days

-  predators:  hawks, cats, foxes, snakes, weasels, coyotes

-  range:  all over the world, in forests, deserts, rocky areas, grassy areas