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Remembering Childhood Pets
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Sally Jo

Personal Background Investigation- Assignment #21 What kind of pets did you have? What memory do you have of a pet?

Example:
I had a pet coon named Flossie. Coons are very curious and smart. I walked outside one day with food in my hand. Flossie was tied to a tree on a long rope. She came to me and I put the food in my pocket so I could pet her. She climbed up my leg put her front paw in my pocket and took my food out. She got down, carried the food to her water dish, washed then ate it.
This started a big game between the two of us. I would bring something out in my pocket. She would race to me, climb up my leg and dig it out. If I didn’t have food in my pocket she took whatever I had– knife, change, keys etc.–wash it and try to eat it. If she couldn’t eat it or I didn’t have anything in my pocket, she bounced up and down squawking and throwing a temper tantrum like a little kid. It was dangerous to get too close to her when she got mad. She was subject to bite.
Mom and Dad thought it was real cute to see her take food from my pocket until a visiting preacher stopped by our house for dinner. He walked over where Flossie was lying. She was not tied that day, because she wouldn’t leave the yard.
Before anyone could warn him, Flossie captured him by the leg and started climbing up. This was a tall, long-legged preacher. He hollered real loud and danced around, shaking his leg, trying to loose himself from that coon. The more he shook his leg and hollered, the tighter Flossie hung on. I think Flossie was as scared as the preacher and afraid to turn loose.
Dad raced out to help rid the preacher of the coon. He had trouble catching him, since he was circling the yard at a rapid pace. As for me, I was doubled over laughing like crazy. For this, I got a serious reprimand after the preacher left our house, which wasn’t very long. I was also ordered to put the leash back on Flossie.
(LaVelle Pitts’ memoirs)

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