THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Close Encounters of the Deer Kind

| 5/17/2012 9:40:20 AM

A photo of DianeWhen we bought our country home we were warned about The Wildlife. Town legends had arisen about their powers. I.e.: the deer will EAT ALL OF YOUR 2.5 ACRES, the possums HAD TEETH , loved to invade garages, and WOULD EAT YOU, and ALL the raccoons were Rabid. Just a few of the un-urban legends around our small hamlet, Bloomfield.

So when Bambi first made her appearance, tentatively discovering that our house was the ONLY one in the neighborhood without a huge ‘Barkeybark’ (dog, in my lingo), she in turn was Very Polite. Bill pointed out that deer are browsers. They take generous nibbles and move on. In no way was his prized rosebushes in danger (unlike that underground denizen the Pocket Gopher, who took pride in sucking a 5-year-old fig tree into its Hole of Doom).

Bambi, Bill's Other Woman 

My husband Bill (a.k.a. The Peanut Gallery) spoke Bambi’s language. (Indeed, he is the quintessential Wild Animal Whisperer.) They all listened – and all the deer moved on. We had Daily Deer, all of which seemed intent on just appetizer-sized nibbles as they flicked ears to Bill's gentle mantra “Hello – umm - thou shalt NOT eat ALL” (…I’d never heard the traditional ‘om’ convert so easily to ‘Ummm’ before)

One day Buck the Buck came by for a visit. BuckyBuck. He was large. He was majestic in size and antlers. And like many a large, majestic male – he was also RUDE.

BuckyBuck The Rude One 

5/21/2012 1:23:32 PM

Diane, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm glad you shared your story as I thought I was the only one to talk to animals. People must think I'm a crazy old coot but I do think that just maybe they pickup on the body language or something and seem to understand what I'm saying. I've acquired a new garden area and I'm all the time talking with the squirrels, rabbits, and wild turkeys. The neighbors tell me there are deer that wander through but I haven't witnessed that yet. So keep on talking to those animals. Have a great day in the garden.

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