When I was growing up under the tutelage of my wise old grandmother, she taught me an appreciation for Mother and Father Nature.
She probably went to the extreme in the minds of many people since she would capture spiders in a glass and return them to the outdoors. If a good ol’ Texas-sized rat got into the house, she’d simply open all the doors and guide the rat back to the exterior with her trusty brooms, mops, and boxes. It was so much fun to be part of.
I still have that appreciation and, yes, I will return spiders to the outdoors, too, the most recent recipient of my kindness being a huge Texas-sized daddy longlegs (Opilones).
With my 48 years of such appreciation, I’m pretty much not afraid of wildlife, although I suspect that if I were to encounter a grizzly bear, rattlesnake, or mountain lion out in their territory, it might be a different story.
At yesterday’s home inspection, the sellers had a dog. I told them that dogs typically like me but they warned me that he was pretty big. Well, yes, he was pretty big, but here’s what he did while I traipsed around his home poking and prodding:
Yep, he was pretty ferocious. During the first five minutes of our meeting, he smelled me and licked me. He spent the next three hours ignoring me.
Of course, such a great picture was begging for some Photographic Art magic:
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