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 Post Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:59 pm 
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Roy and I were working the cattle this morning when I heard a rattlesnake. I told Roy, but I dont think that he really believed me, so we kept on working. A little later, the cows got up in the corner that I was in when I heard the snake and it rattled again. I told Roy that I had heard it again and told him to go get the gun. I got up on the fence and looked down and finally saw it. It was all curled up right up against a fence post. Roy shot its head off and we went back to working the cattle. The pictures are of the dogs and their reaction to the snake. Also a pic of my big cat, Rocky.

Lucy keeping an eye on the dead snake.

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The picture doesnt really show how leery the dogs really were of the snake.
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Abe hiding behind Roy after Roy popped him with his hat cause Abe got too close to the snake.
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I think these rattle snakes are getting brave in the heat :-s

Steve, Mike and I went hunting last night and it was the first time I've actually come across a rattle snake in the wild. It was about 9:30, so it was already dark but we'd just started down a new road so thankful the dogs were pretty close. I've never heard a rattler in the woods, but I knew exactly what that sound meant! We all started hollering at the dogs to "Leave it" and "Get out!" We didn't have a gun, so Steve and Mike had to kill it with a knife. Thank god the dogs listen and they were wearing snake boots, it definitely got my heart racing!

Y'all be careful. Sadie has a very solid "Leave it" command, but after our little experience last night, I may look into official snake avoidance training.

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so Abe got in trouble....

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We took him and Larry to the snake clinic back in Feb. but I wasnt too sure about Abe and how the experience worked on him. He was so antsy being on lead with a stranger, that he just didnt get the idea as well as I thought he should have. So, today, when he came up on the dead snake, he got too close and Roy took off his hat and popped Abe and told him no. We also told the dogs 'bad'. Larry did ok. But, he also did good at the snake clinic. The handler didnt have to shock him but once. He has also come up on a snake skin and was very wary of it.

I saw a garter snake when I was mowing the yard Fri. It was the first snake that I have seen around here this year. Within one week, I've seen 2 snakes. Something must be going on. Roy saw some kind of snake swimming in the water trough a couple of weeks ago. Garter snakes eat toads and we have had toads because of the rain. Maybe the other snakes eat garter snakes? I dunno!!

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My uncle's dog, Catfish, got bitten by a rattlesnake once. Now when he sees a snake, he backs off and bays at it untill some one kills it. I don't know how the other dogs would react to a snake. They've only seen dead ones and we try to discourage them from getting close to those.

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Most of the time our dogs dart right on past the snakes, they pay them little mind..it's Mike I have to worry about..
I swear the man thinks he has to catch them all!! Brings me home almost as many rattlers as he does hogs :))

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