I Remember When . .
Mules & Dogs
| The mules we borrowed from Ancel Fairbanks
were a nervous pair. Old nig was a big mule and dark in color. Blue was a
smaller female mule and skittish as heck. One of my Uncles came home on
leave from the airforce to visit and wanted to help with the farming for a
couple of days. While Mom and I fixed breakfast, this Uncle went out and
caught Blue, tied her to an oak tree and began to harness her. She began
to circle him, before he quite knew what happened he was lashed to the
tree and the mule was rearing up and down right in his face. Don't know
which of them was the scaredest. Uncle did not utter one sound. When I
opened the screen door to call him to breakfast, he just gave me a pitiful
look. I called Dad who was still getting dressed and he ran out and cut
the lead rope and let Blue go. Uncle had only a little skin scrapped off,
and his pride hurt.
We had a big old pup named Trigger. He was fast but not too sure footed. Dad wanted to train him to go after the cows by himself. Walking the timbered hills looking for cows in the evening was not too much fun. They had a habit of hiding and standing still so the cow bell would not sound. After several trips with the dog, he began to catch on.Soon this big pup became a cow dog and would go after the cows and bring them into the corral by himself, looking as proud as punch. Of course he would run them, and we would have to let them calm down before we could milk.
One cool morning Dad went out to catch our horse team, they took off snorting. They would let Dad get almost in reaching distance and then tear off again. Finally in disgust, he sicked old Trigger on them, to wear them down. As he started off to the house, he looked back, and low and behold Trigger was running stride for stride with one of the horses. He timed his jump just right, caught that horse by the nose and flipped him over onto his back. The horse got up and both of them trotted to the barn and stood very still. We had never heard of a dog doing that, much less a big over grown pup. He got an extra helping of bacon grease gravy for that.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.