IN THE FIELD: A Monster In The Sky

Living in the woods has its advantages for wildlife observation, especially when walking the dogs. We never know what we may come across on our morning adventures with “our puppies”.

Deer are too big and fast to chase so they just growl and stare at them. Chipmunks are always exciting creatures to startle from rock outcroppings. The dog’s leashes tighten up and we have to hold on for dear life as they try to catch them. Rabbits get the same response. Squirrels don’t offer much excitement any more…just a dumb ole squirrel is the look we get from the pups. Songbirds are plentiful as well. Again, the same look…they’re just birds.

All bets are off if we come across a flock of wild turkeys. “Yahoo let’s go git ‘em! After all…aren’t they just big chickens??” Our dogs love chicken…it is their favorite treat topping to a Saturday night dinner.

One day this past fall we were out on our daily walkabout on a beautiful crisp morning. There wasn’t much animal activity, so the dogs were doing the usual “we’re bored” routine and were dawdling along. Suddenly, we all heard a noise up in the trees that we don’t usually hear. We humans knew what it was, but the doggies never heard anything like this before. They gave us a look we interpreted as…

“Look, a big monster and it’s going to attack us! Run fast! It’s making loud swooshing noises and it breathes fire! And we hear voices too!”

In between bouts of laughter it took quite a bit of re-assuring to calm them down. Especially after we hollered good morning to the humans waving at us from this monster’s belly flying overhead at tree top level.

  1. February 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    You made me smile… I can imagine your lovely dogs… But I would have been same as them at least to be so excited like a child… You did a wonderful photograph. Especially I loved how you captured the balloon behind the trees… So creative. Thank you dear David, have a nice and enjoyable weekend, Blessing and Happiness for you all, with my love, nia

    • February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      They were pretty excited to say the least. It really was pretty funny to see their reaction…especially when we were talking to the monster!! Have a great weekend Nia!!!

  2. February 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Love the photo and the narrative, David. Very entertaining. 🙂

    • February 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Bob, it’s always an adventure with those two little pups!!!

  3. Nandini
    February 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    But that’s a very pretty and colorful monster. Though, I would refrain myself from using that term. Hahaha. 😀 But your story can use this word. Fun post, and I totally loved the photo.


    • February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      And it’s a BIG monster too!! Glad you enjoyed it Nandini!

  4. February 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Have to watch out for those wild turkeys, they can give one quite the hangover 😉 Cool post.

    • February 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Wild Turkeys on the rocks…we have lots of rocks around here. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s all true too!

  5. February 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Some of the best stories, and humerous, are those that are not contrived but just happen. This is one of those. I would love to have been there to see it for myself. Love the photograph. Such a variety of colour, man-made and natural. Thank you for a great Friday smile.

    • February 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      I am glad to help with the smile! Every bit of the story is true! No creative license in this story…we do see some crazy goofy stuff when we have them with us!

  6. February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Poor puppies! Great photo and story, though. Thanks for the smile to brighten this gray afternoon.

    • February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      “We don’t like when we see big monsters on our walks…they’re not supposed to be there!”

  7. February 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Is the monster going up or down David, nice one!

    • February 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Adrian, actually it was just passing overhead at treetop level. That’s what monsters do…

  8. February 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    We have these “monsters” around as well. It takes awhile for the horses to get used to them!

    I love your blog and nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. It’s been great connecting with you this past year. Thank you for the continuing inspiration!

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Yes and those monsters are big and they breath fire…there is a company nearby that takes folks on rides but we normally see them when closer to town. Thank you for the award Tricia, this is very humbling. It has been fun making new friends from all walks of life though out the blogger world!

  9. February 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Wow, what an awesome sight and experience!

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

      It was really cool to see the monster that low…the pilot made the balloon brush the treetops.The pups didn’t think it was so cool though…after all they never saw a monster that big before!

  10. February 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I was driving my friend’s car with her two dogs afew years ago when they just started barking and one dropped to the floor and started shaking and the other was barking in an anguished way.I had to pull over, luckily it was on a residential street and then I heard and saw the source of their frenzied barking.That was my first discovery that they were terrrified of hot air balloons.Later years I saw that the old gal seemed calmer, then I realized it was because she was blind and deaf-the only cure.Those two lovely souls are gone now, but left me with many happy memories.Love your story and composition.

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Jane, it truly was fun to write. Our “pups” as we call them bring so much joy…I probably could write 50 stories about them and their adventures with their humans!

  11. SaptarshiC
    February 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Ha ha. It sounds like the relationship between my cat and the crows. She loves to chase them; but you know how crows are – you scratch one and you’ll have the entire neighborhood after you. She runs off to hide under the water-tank after that. The expression on her face is priceless.

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Yes you have to watch the gangland behavior of crows. It’s funny how our pets/companions react to different outside influences and then give us that “look!”

  12. Jo Woolf
    February 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Poor dogs! 🙂 Like us with UFOs, they’ll be telling all their friends about it, but no one will believe them!

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Monsters!!! Run Really Fast!!!!

      Funny you should mention UFOs…I have seen several ( I ran inside to get my Mom and my sister to show them the light that followed me home on my bicycle) and even spoke to someone in the Air Force (retired) about another craft I saw and he couldn’t explain what I saw either. I know I saw it…it was enormous, silent, and at really low altitude. It was “delta” shaped, you could see panels, lights, various markings on the underside and took forever to pass overhead. Jeez I’m rambling here.

      • Jo Woolf
        February 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Wow, it sounds amazing! It’s hard when something like that happens to you, to get people to believe you. But I’ve seen enough ‘unexplained’ things myself to know that there’s a lot we’ll never understand.

  13. February 27, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Ha ha poor doggies 🙂 It must have been weird for them to something like this, big, colourful and spitting flames and also humans its belly! Scary!!! Very nice picture!! 😀

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

      It was a really big monster and it was gonna get us…run fast!!!!

  14. February 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love this image and oh, your dogs! 🙂 I love to see life through their eyes. 🙂 Great post!

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Katie, those little buggers are nothing but pure entertainment!!!

  15. February 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You were just giving those dogs a lot of hot air. VERY nice shot, David!

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Thanks John, hot air plus fire!!! They really didn’t know what to make of the situation. Funny!

  16. March 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Wow! Lovely photo, and I love the story. Pets give us so much 🙂 I’ve never seen a hot-air-balloon in real life myself (or probably from a car with the balloons being far away) so I might have reacted just like the dogs if I found one chasing me…

  17. March 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

    They are really cool when you see them close up…enormous !!! I would love to take a ride in one someday! Oh yeah…one must be careful of monsters that breath fire and are in the sky!!!

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