Random Observations, a Puppy, and a ‘Possum

dandelion
Face it: this thing is beautiful.

Observations

I guess I should note what I’ve been seeing and hearing lately. There have been some great song birds at both my houses. There is a Chuck Will’s Widow somewhere near our Austin house, and their call is so cool (they say their name, loudly). You never see the bird, but you sure hear them! Ours are in the greenbelt across the road.

There’s another bird out there I can’t identify. It’s like a louder bobwhite call, without the first note. Bobwites go bob-bob-WHITE! And this bird goes bob-WHITE bob-WHITE! It’s a night-time bird, too. I’ll have to ask one of my birder friends for help with this one.

At the ranch, the prickly pear cactus has started blooming, and some of those supposedly delicious dewberries are starting to ripen. Since Sean Wall keeps saying how good they are, I guess I’ll make a cobbler this year. We certainly have enough of them.

Most of what we see in the pastures and fields are many, many dandelions, along with all the pollinaors thereof. No way am I getting rid of these delicious and useful plants!

The bluebonnets are fading, but the Indian blankets are coming on strong, and some of the Mexican hats have started. Plus, my tomato plants are fruiting. That’s all fine!

carlton
Just a blue-eyed boy.

The puppy

Yes, the Dogs of Hermits’ Rest have a new member. I adopted Carlton from the Cameron dog pound, which has to be the nicest dang dog pound on earth. Sandra, the dogcatcher, is a real animal lover and lavishes all the doggies in the pound with love and attention. She even works on training them.

So, my little pink buddy is cooperative, sits, walks on a lead, and just loves our older dogs. He’s going to go back and forth with me to each of my houses, and I hope he enjoys all the hiking and checking out our land with me. He’s got nice short hair, so maybe the burs won’t be so bad on him.

However, his blue eyes may be an issue out in the sun. I did see an ad for a very cute visor…but we’ll see. He seems to not use his eyes much in the sun, anyway, though he can see fine indoors, and can also hear (he does not have a double merle gene, in other words). I am told he is half Jack Russell, and half heeler/dalmation/bull terrier combo. My guess is that I’ll need to get one of those doggie DNA tests done for him (and our other mystery dog, Harvey).

And the ‘Possum

While Carlton the puppy’s eyes may not be all that great, his nose is just FINE. He’s been hanging out with me at our office in Cameron for the past two work days, and every time I take him out, he’s been much more interested in the ancient deck out back than in the grass I’d like him to pee on.

My husband and I were just watching him sniff away, a few minutes ago, and I said, “There must be something under there, like a possum or something.”

Lee then pointed to one of the old boards that lifts up a couple of inches above the other. I looked in and saw the distinctive curvy tail of an opossum. Yep, Carlton definitely can do his terrier duties!

Note to us: don’t over-feed Shadow, the cat that hangs out on the porch! We may also be feeding the ‘possum family.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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