Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Herding Cats

My barn cats are collectively known as the Twiglets—mama Twiggy, her son Sherman, and her daughters, Spookie and Spotz. Not only do they catch rats and mice while they patrol the shop, equipment shed, tack room, and the mares' run-in shed, but they also perform another barn-related chore: herding. Take a look:

Sherman: C'mon, Spook. Time to move the mares to the front pasture.

Spookie: OK, I see them. Let's see if I can get them moving.

Spookie: HYAW, Melody! Quit eating and git moving!

Sherman: I'll lead and maybe the mares will follow us.
Twiggy: Good idea, son. I see Melody heading our way.

Spotz: Looks like we got 'em in. Better close the gate.

Sherman: Spotz, you stand guard and I'll get the gate.

Spookie: Spotz, I'll sit here and you patrol back and forth.
Spotz: Works for me, Spook! Nothing like team herding.


Blogger Ellen said...

Becky! This is sooo cute!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

That is so cute! It would make a nice story for children - illustrated with photos of the Twiglets.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Getting all four of those critters to pose when and where I want them to would be as difficult as, well, herding cats.

The only one who actually tries to herd horses is Spookie. The other three just like to hang out in the pasture.

9:39 PM  

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