Today I am not feeling so keen on nature. I had an unwanted guest this morning in my garden area. A Western Diamondback rattlesnake. It was the second one this week. The other was on my front porch just steps away from the door. We got lucky that first time. We even got lucky when a snake found its way into our bedroom about 2 years ago. Today we were not so lucky.
The snake started to go into our indoor/outdoor dog run and two of my dogs (labs) were bitten on the snout. I am just heartsick now as I look at their swollen, bloody, faces. One of them I have had since I was 17 years old.
This just kind of finalizes for me the fact that I do not want to stay in Arizona. I want to go back to my house in Ohio. Yes, Arizona is beautiful and the climate is relatively nice all year but the gosh darn snakes are everywhere! How long will it be before one of my kids gets bitten? I do not want to find out.
I also have a hard time being tolerant of these creatures as a species. I know most folks out here say that you should leave the snakes alone because we are encroaching on their natural habitat, yada, yada, yada. So I guess I just need to move out of their natural habitat because I not going to tolerate them being anywhere near my kids. You won’t see me trying to catch a snake to release it elsewhere either. I can’t wait for this chemo to be done with cause I will be hitting the road when that day comes.
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006