When animals behave oddly
Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
This may come as a shocker to, well, no one, but I am an animal person. In my nearly 24 years of life, I have had 12 cats, two dogs, three hamsters, three goldfish, a chinchilla and a chunky raccoon.
Even though I have a love and respect for animals, they don’t seem to like me very much and I don’t know why.
My first experience was when I was a toddler. My parents and I were bike riding on our normal route past a kids horse camp when a horse decided to reach out and nip my shoulder. I was wearing a jacket that protected me from getting hurt, but it was my first traumatic animal-related experience.
There have been two separate chipmunk incidents in my life. The scariest of the two was when I was still learning how to drive.
My cat, Smokey, had been stalking a chipmunk for days and I even had to rescue it from her mouth a number of times during that week. As I pulled into the driveway, she ran out in front of me, causing me to slam on the breaks, leaving tire marks on the concrete.
Thinking I hit Smokey, I jumped out of the car and ran into the yard, finding Smokey with the chipmunk in her mouth. Just as I was about to get the chipmunk out of her mouth, it hopped on my foot and proceeded to crawl up my pant leg.
Before I knew it, I was running around the yard — with Smokey following my trail — trying to get this thing out. And who was there to help? No one, since my mom was laughing too hard to get out of the car.
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