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Kentucky Color: A Tad Unnerving
By Billy Joe Fudge
In the act of cruising standing timber, one quite often finds oneself having to stand in place to contemplate one's next move. In the midst of one of these moments of contemplation recently, a movement caught in my peripheral vision was a tad unnerving. When one is a mile from the nearest residence, in the middle of the woods, without human accompaniment, with neither my bowie nor my howitzer and only my trusty walking stick, there are a couple of things that can be, a tad unnerving. One of those events is hearing a very unnatural, highly accelerated rattling sound only a few inches from one's foot. Another is realizing that the intense pain in your neck is only the first sneak attack of many salvos being launched from the Yellowjacket nest that you just a few seconds earlier had dragged your toe through!
On this day however, "the tad unnerving" event was picking up the unmistakable gait of a cantering canine just ahead. Now a large canine with pointed ears in the middle of nowhere suddenly brings thoughts of a wolf with a hungry, rabid pack of wild wolves in tow with the intentions of not going to bed on an empty stomach! Almost immediately I recognized it to be a rather large German Shepard. Rather than creating a fuss by alerting him (or her) to my presence, I remained motionless. Then, all at once, that super sense of smell that canines are famous for, picked up my odor on the breeze and the dog locked up into a dead stop. After nearly a minute the German Shepard broke loose from that motionless position and uneasily returned from which it had come.
Well, with a "no harm-no foul" attitude I continued on my way but with a higher than normal rate of unidentified noises always just-out-of-sight, somewhere behind me?!
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