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Penny And The Copperhead
One warm summer Wednesday evening, my husband, our five children, and I were driving home from church. Driving down the gravel road we could see our 'mother' Jack Russell Terrier, Penny, hunched over and growling in the middle of the road.

'What's that crazy dog doing now?' my husband asked.

'She's barking at a snake, honey,' I said to him.

'No she's not,' he said as he slowed the truck down and eased closer to where she was barking. 'She's just crazy,' he said.

He pulled the truck to about twenty feet of where Penny was barking furiously at the ground, got out, and began walking towards her. 'Hey! She DOES have a snake! Man! Biggest copperhead I think I've ever seen! It's about three and a half feet long!' he hollered back to me.

Needless to say, the kids and I stayed in the truck, as Penny lunged at the snake, and was bitten on the jaw. Immediately she retaliated and her jaws snapped together with the snake's head in between them. She shook the snake back and forth, dazing it, throwing it into the air, then catching it again and re-snapping her teeth into its head and flesh. She continued this routine while my husband stood a safe six to eight feet from her and 'egged her on' by saying, 'Sic 'im Penny, get 'im, girl!'.

All five children were pressed against me in the truck, straining for a look of Penny killing the snake, and Daddy 'helping' her. After about fifteen minutes of Penny's torture, and my husband's 'egging', she shook it with all her might and threw the snake one final time..... right on top of my in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time husband.... ...who screamed like a girl in a horror movie.... ...and who got mad at the rest of us...

Because when he looked over at the truck, after he scrambled away from the now-dead snake, it was shaking from the laughter that we could not possibly contain. He was so embarrassed that it made him mad. And he was so embarrassed AND mad that he walked the rest of the way to the house, Penny pulling up the rear, leaving us roaring and in tears in the truck, sitting in the middle of the road. I drove us on in, but he wouldn't speak to me for a good thirty minutes....

Now, when Penny has a snake, he encourages her from a little further away....

Submitted By: K.Thompson from LA on 2005-08-17

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