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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Friday, June 21, 2019

Celebrating Summer...



. . . I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days. . .   

~Henry David Thoreau





























Millie has been ailing again!  She had gone with us to check on the hay fields that were to be baled that day, but then, just mysteriously disappeared.  I did momentarily wonder about it, but we went on with our work until we finished later in the day.  So uncharacteristic of her, she did not come to meet me when I got back home.  I found her in her doggy house, but she would not come out to greet me.  I knew something was wrong, but had no idea that she had been bitten by a snake.  I tried to coax her out with all her favorite treats, but she was not moving.  Not, until I got  the stick that I carry when we walk over the hill, did she come out of her house ~ walking on three legs.  Her left hind leg was badly swollen, and it was obvious that she was in a lot of pain.

Just "hit me over the head with a two-by-four" for I still didn't realize that she had been bitten by a poisonous snake.  I was just worrying that maybe we had accidently run  over her leg.  When I headed over the hill, she just stood watching.  But, no, that was not going to happen!  This dog had been trained from day one to walk with Momma, so walk she did (which was not a good thing with a snake bite).  I was almost to the top of the first hill when I saw her limping along behind.  I stopped to wait on her.

She spent the night sleeping on the ground under a bush behind the house.  I am sure the cool ground felt good to her feverish body.  She was licking two wounds on the inside of the afflicted leg.  The snake had gotten her twice.  She had a hard time of it for five days, but she never missed that walk over the hill.

  In just eighteen days, we will have made it another year without missing a day of walking over our hill.  This is huge, for just three years ago, I thought I would never be well enough to walk again.  I give all the credit to a little shelter pup, named Millie, for giving me a reason to get up and get moving again.  I always say, "She saved me, and just maybe, I saved her, too!"




Happy summer, and happy trails to you all...







24 comments:

  1. Is Millie alright? I couldn't tell from your post...

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    1. Yes, she is doing much better. She still has some nasty wounds on her leg and will probably always have the scars. We are going back to the fields today, but she will not be going back where that bad dude lives!

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  2. This post brought tears to my eyes and my heart was broken. You have never mentioned snakes before that I can remember. Snakes scare me something terrible. I am so sorry for Millie; and I do hope she will recover 100%. I love hearing about the bond between the two of you and all your walks together. The photos are beautiful...you are rich in your surroundings. I have a hard time believing that today is the first day of Summer. We have dark skies and rain; as we have had for so many days. They say the sunny skies and warm weather will arrive. Take care and stay safe.

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  3. I am hoping your Millie is much better. I have so enjoyed catching up with your posts. Your words and photos are so lovely. Happy summer to you too. May it be a blessed one.

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  4. Millie must be a tough girl, and I'm so glad she had the wherewithal to fight against the poison! Wishing you many more happy and danger-free walks!

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  5. These are incredibly beautiful photos. I stared at them, and as if dropped out of time. And the dog is so wonderful :)

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  6. Oh poor Millie!!
    Your pictures are wonderful. I just couldn't pick out a favorite!!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I am so glad your Millie is okay. She must be a very tough and determined girl. You are indeed rich with all your warm summery sunshine and beautiful flowers. Gorgeous photos! In my mind's eye I can see both you and your Millie walking over your hill, enjoying each other's company.

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  8. Aww, I am hurting along with Millie. Do you know what kind of snake it was? I guess it was too late to get her an antivenom shot and she seems to be fighting the poison quite well. Please let us know how she does.

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  9. I do hope that Millie is all right. Bless her little doggy heart they are such sweet friends. Let us know how she's doing.
    Connie

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  10. I got so caught up with Millie that I forgot to tell you how pretty your photos are. Actually they're way beyond pretty they're gorgeous,you certainly have an eye for the camera.

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  11. Dear Chip Butter,
    I just discovered your blog today from a friend's blog and so happy that I did! I am still under a heavy spell from your gorgeous images and I don't think I will ever recover :) You are truly blessed to have such untouched beauty at the reach of your hand!
    So sorry on the other hand to hear about Millie's unfortunate encounter and hope she recovers soon!

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  12. So sorry to hear Millie was bitten by a snake. We had a cat once that got bitten. His leg swole up really big. He got over it though. Lots of snakes around here as we live on water and have lots of woods too. Glad she is doing better and hope she won't ever get bitten again. She might be more cautious in the future, although snakes are super fast and hard to see them if you just run up on them. You need to be super careful too. The pictures are very pretty and I am glad you were able to keep going in spite of millie's getting hurt. Maybe walking helped her, I hope so. It sure hurts you when something happens to your pets. This is Martha

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I do hope your lovely dog has recovered from the snake bite.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear about Millie's run-in with the snake! I hope she is on the mend and that she doesn't have any pain now. Your pictures are wonderful and thanks for your visit.

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  16. Lovely post. When we first started to farm, and the land was being cultivated after many years of sage brush and dry grasses, we had rattlesnakes in abundance. One of our sheep dogs was bitten, and she lay for days in the cool and the mud, but eventually she recovered and lived to a ripe old age, keeping the sheep in control, and sometimes the shepherd!!

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  17. Poor Millie, I hope that she is feeling much better now! We have rattlesnakes and our Sophie has come so close to them.......not bitten yet. But very scary. You are so right........our dogs give us the will to get out there and walk. So glad you have accomplished your walking!

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  18. Your photos are so lovely! So glad that poor Millie got over her bite. Aren't dogs wonderful companions for us to walk with?

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  19. nice article.
    thanks for sharing

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  20. I sure hope Millie is doing well now. Your photos are are so beautiful and I love that quote about summer.

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  21. Lovely photos, - I feel for Millie, - one of our sheep dogs was bitten by a rattlesnake, and she also found some comfort in the mud!

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  22. Sorry, but I'm quite late in commenting. The photo of the zebra swallowtail butterfly is lovely. I've seen one on the butterfly milkweed plant two times in a row. Haven't seen one in a few years so it was thrilling to see. Butterflies sure love that plant; good name for it!

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  23. I am Late, but so glad to see this post. I hope your Millie is well from the snake bite. How awful for her. Our dogs are so loyal, they would be determined to to go with us, even in pain. I have worried all summer about Eli and Weetie, afraid one of them will step on a copperhead. Your flowers are beautiful! I love the picture of Millie in her doghouse.

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