The old dog, the pup, and the rattlesnake

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Herb Weissman You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here March 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm Mike, isn’t it the truth? There is that old saying, “Those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it. I have lived long enough to have seen a lot of change and not all of it was positive! We need to lean on Papa God more and our own wisdom less. Pray, and trust Him for He is our blessed hope, today, tomorrow, and forever. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Faith, I look forward to heaven for that reason “And there shall be no hurt or pain…” Praise God always, Chaz Mike McFadden March 31, 2019 at 8:35 am EJ March 31, 2019 at 2:50 pm March 31, 2019 at 8:56 am April 1, 2019 at 8:25 am Herb,if you enjoy it half as much as I do writing it? Wow. Thanks my friend, Chaz charles towne charles towne March 31, 2019 at 9:07 am Faith Fowler Reply charles towne Reply My grandfathers, my dad, a lot of others seemed to know what the old dog knew, that sometimes a good hard swat is the best lesson!They all knew that and sometimes it seems Papa God understands that gentle words just aren’t enough! Thanks for all the swats…I am still here and still learning! Reply Charles. I have nothing definitive to say except that I so enjoy you writing that I look forward to every Sunday for a new story. See you Tuesday. Yea Richard my friend, the lessons of life are sometimes difficult, but? Thanks Papa God for not molly coddling us . Thanks for the comment pal, Chaz Talk about a GUARDING ANGEL! GOD Keeps us safe even when we are not even Aware of it, often times only to relalise it if at all Years Later! Thank you Lord! The Anatomy of Fear Reply charles towne Reply I agree, you are a great story teller! Thanks Charles and have a blessed day. Reply Richard InspirationBy Charles Towne            The pup had reached the end of the trail.  With no idea what he had been following he had come face to face with his quarry.  Yes, he had reached the end of the trail and it could very well be his last, for the formidable creature that he faced could kill, horribly.  The young dog did not realize the danger it faced.         He had been following the old dog, eagerly watching as the veteran worked a covey of quail.  The covey had been hunted only a short time before, and now, each time the old dog thought he had brought the birds to a stand the quail would break, running along the ground to the next bit of cover.         Disgusted, the old dog quit following the fidgety birds and began casting about.  Near a stand of scrub oak, he discovered another covey.  He began a circling movement to bring the quail to a stand.         Following the old dog’s lead, the pup was also trailing a fresh scent.  Unlike the old dog the pup did not know what it was he trailed.  This was an unfamiliar scent and his curiosity drove him on.         Whatever it was that he followed; it had passed through a large stand of scrub palmetto, and then alongside the full length of an old burned out pine log to finally circle a small clearing. Totally engrossed in the trail the pup was using his nose to vacuum any vagrant wisps of scent from the ground.         This was not quail that the pup followed, oh no. Nor was it rabbit.  He had been cured of trailing rabbit.  If a rabbit were to leap from cover right under his nose he would ignore it.  He knew that his man didn’t want him to chase rabbits, nor did the old dog, and he wanted to please them both.         The scent that he followed was very faint, a strange musky odor, so vague as to be almost undetectable.  He was sure the old dog would be proud of him.  He continued on the trail. Hmmmm, whatever it was had entered a big gopher tortoise burrow!  The pup forced his head and shoulders into the burrow and snuffed deeply several times.  All he could detect was the turtle’s earthy scent. Backing out he immediately picked up the trail again.         He was approaching a small stand of scrub oak and was in the process of circling an old, fire-blackened pine stump when he came face to face with his quarry.         A peculiar, dry buzzing sound stopped him in his tracks.         His excitement was obvious as his tail wagged his entire hind end.  The pup had worked the trail to perfection and he was proud.         The only problem was that his first trailing experience could very well be his last.

         Only a few feet in front of his nose lay a very large and a very angry Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.  The deadly reptile was loosely coiled, its head slightly raised, that black tongue slowly flicking out, tasting the air.   The snake was telling the dog in no uncertain terms that it was ready to defend itself.         Over six feet in length and larger then a man’s arm, the powerful reptile turned away from the pup and began to crawl toward a large clump of scrub oak and palmetto growth.  As the snake moved so did the pup, taking two steps forward.         This movement on the dog’s part was more than the snake could tolerate.  It immediately stopped and assumed its full defensive position.  Coiled, head raised a foot above the ground, the air filled with the castanet sound of its rattles, the diamondback waited.         The large venomous reptile knew that it couldn’t eat the dog and it didn’t want a confrontation, but what must be would be.         The previous year a German shepherd had confronted the snake.  The diamondback had defended itself in the only way it knew. Struck full in the face the dog had received a massive dose of venom.   It was highly unlikely that anyone could have helped the dog even if that had been an option.  Abandoned, alone, the big dog died a terrible death, there in the stillness of the forest.         The pup, imitating the old dog in a beautiful point, was excited that he had been able to bring this noisy creature to bay. 
He had watched his teacher move in on a covey of quail with such stealth that he would come to a final point only inches from one of the birds.  Then he would hold that point until his master arrived to kick up the covey.         The pup’s movements were beautiful to behold as he slowly lowered his foot and then leaning forward he once again assumed that statuesque pose.  His intention was to approach as close to his subject as the old dog had been to the quail. Another small step and less than three feet remained to separate the youngster from an ugly death.   But he had no way of knowing this.         Usually dogs will stay away from rattlesnakes. Sadly, every year there are those few that do get struck and this youngster’s curiosity was getting the best of him.         The diamondback, eyes shining brightly, drew its head back in preparation as it measured the distance.         If snakes thought in words as humans do its thoughts would have been, “Come closer foolish one. Just one more step and I will teach you a most unpleasant lesson, the last lesson you will ever learn.’”         The pup, as if answering the snake’s unspoken suggestion, began to raise his right foreleg, his body already moving forward. When he stopped he would be within striking distance of those deadly fangs.         Then it happened!  There was a blur of movement and the pup was struck with such force he was knocked rolling, yipping in surprise and confusion.         The old dog had followed the pup.  Taking in the situation at a glance he acted. Charging from the side he struck the pup with his shoulder, instantly knocking the young dog out of range of the diamondback’s strike.         The snake struck!         Its mouth agape, fangs erect, it struck hard and fast, passing through the empty space beneath the old dog’s body.         The old dog, rumbling a warning to the pup, led him away from the place as the grandfather diamondback crawled away in the opposite direction.         Soon the two dogs were back with their human. The man was pleased with the two dogs as they ran toward him.   He thought, ‘that pup’s going to be as good a bird dog as his old man!’         The hunt had been a success.  There were quail in the bag and more importantly, the dogs had worked like the champions they were.         Oh yes, and unbeknownst to their human, thanks to the old dog, the pup would be there to hunt another day.         Meanwhile, back in the thicket of scrub oak, and saw palmetto, lying loosely coiled at the mouth of a gopher tortoise burrow is the grandfather diamondback. After its encounter with the dogs, it had happened upon a luckless cottontail rabbit.  The rabbit was not as fortunate as the pup.  The snake lay relaxed, its stomach full.   It would not need to eat again for several days, and tomorrow would be another day.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, praise you oh mighty God, praise you.  Father, please lead me and guide me through the perils of this life.  Keep me safe from the wiles of that old serpent, known as Satan, or the devil.  I realize that I have placed myself in harms way many times, and you, gracious God that you are, placed yourself between me and great harm, even death.  How many times have you stepped between me and perilous situations I will not know until that great day and you will be able to share with me how you kept me from harm.  Lord, I love you, and I thank you, please stay with me, never leave me.  Thank you almighty God, thank you and praise you, in Jesus’ most holy name I ask it, Amen Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img March 31, 2019 at 9:54 am April 5, 2019 at 11:40 am Reply Great story by the master story teller. The young pup lives to hunt another day thanks to the quick thinking of experience. Socialism is much like the deadly rattlesnake and let’s pray today’s young politicians and voters learn from the plight of the people in the once prospering “burrow” known as Venezuela. If not, we are all in for a very painful experience that could lead to the death of this great country. CSG 14 COMMENTS Great story!It is a reminder of just howGod protects us, even whenwe don’t know we’re in danger!Lord, may we be ever sensitive to your guidance and alwayslearning from our experiences.Thank you for your loving mercyand protection around us each and everyday!AmenThanks Chuck! God bless you! charles towne charles towne Reply Dear CSG, His love is magnificent and each and every day is a reminder that He never ceases watching over each and every one of us even when we are determined to go our own way. You are so very special to Him dear one, and He will never fail to be there for you. Friends and family may drift away But He is and always will be there for you. Bless you dear friend, Chaz I found myself wanting to grab that pup and save it! So glad the ending was a good one for the dogs…sorry for the rabbit! April 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm Reply EJ, The day will come when the complete truth of the matter will be revealed to us and our eyes will be opened and we will be able to see the times when the evil one’s plans have been thwarted by divine intervention, wow! What a day of rejoicing that will be! Thanks pal, many blessings on you and yours, Chaz Please enter your comment! Reply TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleNonprofits that scrimp on overhead aren’t necessarily better than those spending moreNext articleSeafood specials for Lent Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 31, 2019 at 9:15 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply June 1, 2019 at 7:36 pm Reply Reply NH, A life well lived is a great teacher, don’t you believe? Open our eyes Father that we may see and give us open minds and willing hearts that we may bless all. Bless you dear heart, Chaz June 27, 2020 at 3:26 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate NH March 31, 2019 at 9:31 am charles towne Please enter your name here March 31, 2019 at 11:53 pm Reply last_img read more

Colombia and Venezuela work together to fight FARC and drug traffickers

first_img LIMA, Peru – An army captain and an alleged guerrilla were killed in a gunfight in the department of Junín, according to the Armed Forces Joint Command. Capt. Illich Montesinos, a member of the 22nd Engineering Brigade, was killed in a firefight along with an unidentified “narco-terrorist,” according to the command. The gunfight occurred when an army patrol found a Shining Path unit in Rondayacu, an area in the department of Junín, which is in the Valley of the Apurímac and Ene rivers (VRAE) region, according to EFE. PANAMA CITY, Panama –The Naval Air Service has killed a Colombian drug trafficker and apprehended two other suspected narcotics dealers during a gunfight in the waters near the Bahía Piña naval air station this past weekend, an official said. One of the Colombians wounded has been identified as Héctor Hurtado, who was shot in the left leg, naval air service spokesman Vladimir Rodríguez wrote in an email. Hurtado and the two other men exchanged fire with personnel aboard a naval air service speedboat and a patrol boat, Rodríguez said. The Colombians were carrying an unknown quantity of narcotics on the boat and threw “some bales of suspected drugs overboard when they saw that they were being chased,” Rodríguez said. Nicaragua: Navy arrests six suspected Honduran narcotics traffickers By Dialogo October 13, 2010 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín and her Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro recently met to discuss strengthening their countries’ relationship, improving border security and their fight against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Colombian Minister of Defense, Rodrigo Rivera, who also participated in the meeting, said communication between the countries’ militaries is integral to achieving better results against narcotics traffickers and armed groups. “This is the main goal of the relations with Colombia,” Maduro said, according to the Colombian website Caracol.com.co. Venezuela: Bolivarian National Guard seizes more than 800 kilograms of marijuana Panama: Military kills Colombian narcotics trafficker SÃO PAULO, Brazil – The Federal Police seized 82 kilograms (181 pounds) of cocaine and arrested 10 suspected members of a narcotics trafficking organization that had a presence in the country’s southern region. The police conducted operations simultaneously in cities that included Gravataí and Gramado, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and Ponta Porã, Dourados, Três Lagoas and Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul. The suspected traffickers, who officials said also did business in São Paulo and Paraná, are being held in the central prison of Porto Alegre and prisons in Mato Grosso do Sul, according to the Brazilian website Estadao.com.br. The command said suspected guerrillas could have been injured in the fight since soldiers found blood trails. The government has offered a reward of $1 million soles (US$358,000) for information leading to the arrest of the guerrilla group’s high-ranking leaders. Brazil: Police dismantle international organization of suspected drug traffickers CARACAS, Venezuela – The Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) has seized more than 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) of marijuana in the state of Táchira, Gen. Franklin Márquez said. The seizure occurred at a checkpoint in the western part of the country, where 21- and 23-year-old Venezuelan brothers were taken into custody by the military and handed to authorities, Márquez said, according to the Venezuelan website Noticias24.com. The brothers said they were offered several thousand dollars to smuggle the drug from Colombia to Venezuela, Márquez said, according to the Venezuelan website El Nacional.com. Venezuelan officials said they have confiscated more than 50 tons of drugs this year. Peru: Soldier, suspected guerrilla die in gunfight BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua – The navy apprehended six alleged Honduran narcotics traffickers as they were crossing a river in the southern part of the country along the Caribbean coast, officials said. The alleged narcotics traffickers were suspected of using two go-fast boats to transport 2.5 tons of drugs, Navy Captain Juan Gutiérrez said at a media conference, according to the Honduran daily La Prensa. The suspects, who allegedly were found in possession of six firearms, told officials they were working on agricultural and construction projects in the region, according to La Prensa. last_img read more

Drug dog for high school

first_imgScene 25 October 2019Family First Comment: Acting in the best interests of the welfare of all!“Wakatipu High’s got zero tolerance for students possessing, using or supplying illegal drugs, either at the school or when representing the school, even while allowing that drugs are a reality in the Queenstown community… Certainly, feedback from parents is positive – people are happy about the board’s position and they’re happy that we’re doing things.”A drug-sniffing dog’s about to go through Wakatipu High after several students were recently suspended for smoking cannabis.Principal Steve Hall announced the move in the school’s newsletter last Friday, saying it’s a first for Wakatipu High, though not uncommon in other schools.Hall’s message was accompanied by a strongly-worded letter to parents and students by board of trustees (BOT) chairman Charlie Phillips, on behalf of the board.Phillips makes it clear that Wakatipu High’s got zero tolerance for students possessing, using or supplying illegal drugs, either at the school or when representing the school, even while allowing that drugs are a reality in the Queenstown community.“If students make bad personal choices, they will face consequences that will jeopardise their future at [Wakatipu High].“This is underpinned by the fundamental right for students and teachers to feel safe at school.”READ MORE: http://www.scene.co.nz/features/drug-dog-for-high-school/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more