Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rabid skunk found in GW county, more cases likely

A letter from Deina Rockhill,  Greenwood County Health Department director states, “Typically at this time of the year, we are still in the “flu” mode here at the health department, but last week my attention was brought to Rabies.

Greenwood County has already had a positive case of rabies, in a skunk. Northeast of Eureka, noises attracted an owner’s attention to a fight in which a skunk was biting and holding onto a dog’s tail.

The owner ran outside and grabbed a stick of wood and killed the skunk. The skunk did not spray and so the owner became worried and made a phone call to the vet the next morning. It was decided to test the skunk and sure enough, it tested positive.

To add to the situation, there were several other dogs, a couple of horses and cows on the property and vaccination status you have to know.

In the same week, Eureka Animal Control picked up two raccoons who were acting very strange and later in the same day, picked up another who was behaving strangely.

They were not tested but more than likely were rabid, based on their behavior. Wild animals account for nine out of ten rabies cases in the United States and raccoons make up almost half of those.

Most raccoons are healthy and harmless but you should never touch or approach a wild raccoon, and you should definitely not feed them. If you see one acting strangely, call the local animal control officer.                            

http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/article_e337b54e-7d11-11e2-af83-10604b9f7e7c.html

Among the many diseases country boys in ranch land don’t  want to see. It makes the coyotes yipping and barking a couple of weeks ago take a whole different aspect.

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Daytona 500 today. I’m planning on watching it. Yesterday was spent digging away the latest snows.  When I finished that I wasn’t up to much else.

I did run the fences while I was on the tractor (after parking the snow shovel). The single dead tree up north isn’t ready to admit it. It stands and threatens the fence. The hired man and I decided wading through the detritus wasn’t worth the hassle.

Now, of course, I fret over a bad decision – wishing I was perfect.

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Most things seemed to be going well for Housekeeper this past week. I was in the midst of routine gun cleaning and sorting the other morning when she came.

At seven AM, for Christ Sakes. She told me she was early because she wanted to beat the snows.

What snows? I hadn’t been keeping track, truthfully.

So looking outside (having unlocked the doors for her), sure enough the skies were that yellowish color they sometimes achieve prior to snow.

I remarked that I’d assumed I get a telephone call from her and she’d: “Ah, I won’t be there today. Snow, you know. And I probably won’t ever be coming back.”

Housekeeper turned all serious on me and said: “I won’t do that. I’ll never do that to you.”

Umm. Me and my smart mouth. The look on her face was a disgrace to my integrity and trust worthiness. Really. She’s a good woman and I need to watch the humor I use.

One of the blog writers sent me a comedian you tube clip. Housekeeper and her hubby have just gotten their first computer. They spend a great deal of their evenings now down at the library being schooled by the librarian on the use there of.

Housekeeper says that hubbies fondest game is Spider Solitary. I grinned. “Wait,” I said, “until you get hooked up to the internet.”

She enjoyed the film clip and got all thoughtful when I explained how You Tube worked. Sneaky me. We’ll corrupt a good woman if we keep working at it.

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GAWD, the hundred plus pound dog that rules the ‘Hood is suffering. Old age and hard use I think. Poor sod. He comes around for a scratch and a tickle now and again. Yesterday I had to pick him up and move him.

He doesn’t weigh-in at 160 any more. More on the order of eighty pounds. I wouldn’t mind him going out while he’s here, if that’s the way it goes. Better here than where he isn’t wanted, being deemed useless, not worthy of his feed.

Crackers. I tear up just thinking about  it, but I’m a n easy mark.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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