Some Chickens Like To Take A Ride

Some Chickens Like to Take a Ride

One of the pleasures of caring for animals is discovering their distinct personalities and sometimes catching them being themselves when they don’t know you are watching.

The relationships between the animals are both fascinating and completely unpredictable.  For instance, Chloe our older cat is quite hostile to Poppy the new foundling no matter what we do to try to bridge the gap.  Rosie our mini Australian Shepard and Chole, on the other hand, have always had a love affair.

I learned a new word during the lockdown thanks to Poppy.  That word is polydactyl, which is Greek for ‘many digits’.  We discovered that Poppy has an extra toe on each foot.  Polydactyl cats are also nicknamed ‘Hemingway Cats’ because sailors considered them good luck and a seaman friend of Earnest Hemmingway gave him a polydactyl cat named Snowball whose descendants now roam the Hemmingway estate in Florida.  It is believed that English Puritans might have taken polydactyl cats on their ships to Boston during the mid-1600s. So while the Northeast may have more of these cats than average, in Europe it was thought that they were connected to witches and were therefore exterminated.  We can thank some sailors in the seventeenth century who brought Poppy’s ancestors to America for good luck, and we feel the same way.

Oliver, the border collie, tries to herd the sheep even when they are in the pen and he is outside the pen.

Chloe And Poppy

Chloe and Poppy

Poppy The Polydactyl Cat

Poppy the Polydactyl Cat

Rosie And Chloe

Rosie and Chloe Hugging

Oliver Herding The Sheep

Oliver Herding the Sheep

Chicks Are Growing Up-Under A Heat Lamp

Chicks are Growing Up-Under a Heat Lamp

Chloe On Her 1Am Mouse Hunt Inside The Barn

Chloe on Her 1AM Mouse Hunt Inside the Barn

Chloe On Her 3Am Mouse Hunt Outside The Barn

Chloe on Her 3AM Mouse Hunt Outside the Barn

By Published On: October 3rd, 2020Categories: Miscellaneous2 Comments on The Secret Lives of Animals

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Julie Carney October 15, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    What a great post! Really enjoyed reading it.

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    James Crisp October 15, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you! I enjoy writing them.

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