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ZAPPED!
ATTACK OF THE FLOATING MUSHROOM
by
Connie S. Reynolds
autumnfarmsboers.com
Connie Reynolds
Autumn Farm
Ravenswood, WV

No, I havenít been having flashbacks from eating too much chocolate when I was younger. The above title actually happened. You may not want to let young children read this in case they start having mushroom nightmares. Then the sight of a mushroom pizza, mushroom omelet, spaghetti sauce with mushrooms, etc. might send them into hysteria.

The other day was a gorgeous fall day, sparkling sunlight, trees with vibrant autumn colors, the kind of day that just made you glad you were outside. I turned the older goat herd out of their night enclosure and they happily headed up the valley, their livestock guard dog, Buck, marching along with them.

I turned and started back to the barn to do some chores. I heard a fierce growl and stopped in my tracks and looked back at Buck. The large livestock guard dog was standing on the bank of the creek that meandered up the valley. He was looking intensely down into the creek, growling, and then would look at me as if to say, "Better stick around. I may need back up."

The hair rose up on the back of my neck and I felt chill bumps run up and down my arms. I cautiously started back to the dog, looking around for a stick or rock or anything that might help me back the dog up if he had to get into a fight. I call my livestock guard dogs my "lion-hearted dogs". They are bold and fear nothing, if they think something is going to hurt their goats.

Buck was alone today. His sister was being kept in the buck pen close to the barn to also help watch over some young replacement doe kids. So, right now it was just me and Buck to defend the goats already on their way up the valley.

He kept looking back at me to make sure I was coming and then making little half dives down the creek bank and quickly backing out, always keeping an eye on what was down there. This worried me. Buck never backed away from anything. I looked around and found a six inch long stick and bravely picked it up and cautiously, step by careful step, walked up beside Buck and peeked over the creek bank to the water below. My eyes focused. I blinked and focused again.

There bobbing in the water was a softball size puffball mushroom. I did a double take and looked at Buck. Yep, that was what the dog was watching and swearing it would eat us both up. He was so serious about this that I looked again. Maybe there was something I was missing here and in a minute both the dog and I would be ate.

The puff ball mushroom continued bobbing gently in the water. I tossed my six-inch stick at it and thunked it. It just bobbed some more and started floating down stream. Buck watched it for a minute and acted satisfied that I had attacked it and it was running away. It looked like he could trust me after all for a back up. He happily turned and followed the goats.

These LGDs (livestock guard dogs) have been a fascinating study over the last two years. Coyotes forced us into getting the two dogs, which are an Anatolian/Maremma cross. Our goats were too terrified to go out and graze and for good reason, we were surrounded by the Coyote Tabernacle Choir every afternoon and night. Since the LGDs have been on the place the coyotes have backed off and donít bother to come visiting the goat barns any more.

After the dogs had been on the place a while, I noticed Baby (Buckís sister) running in big circle, loudly barking, looking up in the air. There circling up above was a hawk. Her brother soon joined in running in circles and barking in his goat herd, carefully watching the hawk. A couple of weeks later I heard a helicopter flying low and basically buzzing the place. They were flying low over the area to make sure none of us were growing any "weeds" that were illegal. All the farm animals high tailed it to the barns, terrified of the helicopterís loud noise, except for the LGDs who ignored the deafening roar of the copter and were giving chasing, barking, daring it to land near their goats. The amazing dogs werenít fearful for themselves at all.

At 5:05 a.m. the other morning I went into the baby does pen, all of whom weighed at least 85 lbs. and had just hit six months of age. It was dark and I was getting ready to grain them. They happily ran ahead of me to their feeders, but suddenly a deer appeared in the other field, right in their line of vision. It was like they all hollered "Holy Moley" and turned tail and ran back to me. Only they forgot to stop. Whack, crackle, pop went my right knee as the kids ran into it. I was barely able to hobble that morning to finish the chores and then went back to the house to ice the knee a while before I had to go back out again. The knee swelled up to more then double its size.

It wasnít too far along in the morning that it became time to go and turn the main herd out to pasture with their LGD, Buck. I hobbled outside and inched myself along to the main gates. What usually took ten minutes to reach the first gate took over a half hour. I let the goats out and remembered that I still needed to go up a hill and open another gate.

Buck had come up to me to get his morning petting and then had started out with the goats. He suddenly stopped and headed back to me and went to my right side and leaned. I dropped a hand down to his back and used him as a crutch to inch my way up the hill to the gate.

He was so thrilled. His happy go lucky nature slowed down enough to let me lean on him to hobble up the hill, while his tail was wagging a mile a minute, thumping me solidly on the behind as we slowly made our way up the hill. He waited until I got the gate open and then we started our slow trek down the hill. A couple of times he got ahead of me and would stop and wait for me to catch up and for me to put my hand on his back and lean to hobble on down the hill. Once he had helped me down the hill, he gave me another be olí happy slobbery smile and charged out into the field to catch up with his goats.

I found this a completely weird and amazing experience. It took four days for my knee to go down and each day as I went limping out into the field Buck was there for me to lean on and use as a crutch. Once I stopped limping he quit trying to help and stayed with the goats.

When I told Lee about the attack of the floating mushroom and was laughing at the LGD for being concerned about it, Lee wanted to know why the puff ball mushroom was in the water. Theyíre not usually close to creeks. That stopped me cold. Now that he mentioned it, the creek water hadnít been clear like it usually was, it was muddied and stirred up. What had been down there in that murky water, something that had been carrying a mushroom puff ball, staring up at me and the dog, waiting. Oh dear.

THE END

 

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