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The Crazy Animal Lady of the Westside

November 5, 2014

“Mira la loca.” Yeah, lady, I know what you’re saying. I speak enough Spanish to know when someone is calling me a crazy loon.

But the crows are my friends. They LOVE dog treats. Can I help it if they love treats so much that now they wait for me every morning and caw if I don’t come out to feed them?

And can I help it if they told two friends, and those crows told two friends, and dang, crows are large birds, so a few crows looks like A WHOLE BUNCH of crows.

They are so smart and funny though, hopping around the driveway, looking down at things with one eye, head cocked. I have to love them.

Then there are the dogs. Yes, I know all the dogs in the neighborhood, but I don’t always recognize their owners. What can I say? The dogs are cuter.

This morning, Abbie Lynn took me on a different walk. We crossed a parking lot where two dogs were YELLING, just barking their fool heads off at anyone who passed. Then they saw me and began to wag. Their ears went down in that happy way. Their eyes squinted with anticipation. They were my friends, Lobo and Bobo, from up the street. They usually get treats from me every day in their yard. Today they were going to work with their dad, and here I was to give them treats in their pickup truck bed!

Lucky dogs. Treats appear like magic when dogs are good.

Mira la loca. There she goes again.

Lobo and Bobo

Lobo is the big one. Bobo is the little guy.

  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 5, 2014 21:01

    It’s called a murder of crows.

    Your friend, Joan Didion

    • November 6, 2014 06:23

      Yeah, but I don’t LIKE that. It’s creepy. And crows are so jolly.

  2. Gretchen permalink
    November 6, 2014 04:26

    I definitely recognize the dogs in our neighborhood. The owners, not always if they’re not with their dogs. And I got my first tattoo this summer – 2 ravens back to back basically in a big X on my back.🙂

    • November 6, 2014 06:23

      Wow. That is a commitment to ravens!

  3. November 6, 2014 08:25

    I put food of all sorts out in my yard for whatever critter comes along and wants it. I also know quite a few neighbors’ dogs names but not the people’s names.

  4. jane_gassner permalink
    November 6, 2014 10:58

    Did you see the doc on crows last week on Public Television? They are among the most intelligent species on the planet, right up there with elephants and chimps. They absolutely do recognize you, Suebob; there’s a guy back east doing some fascinating crow research.

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