Buenos Dias, Colombia (Not S Carolina!) by Randall Barfield First-hand comments/observations of the country today and other days (w... [18,298 words]
Tijuana Trolley by Robert Guskind This is an excerpt from a work that is currently in progress. This passage details events in th... [973 words]
The Way I Am by Peter Izdebski The title of my story is The Way I Am. It's something I sat down and wrote over a few days. I to... [4,592 words]
Addicted To Eve Garner by Jonathan Christian Soriano - [2,968 words]
The Enigma Of Woman by Norman A Rubin Love and Women are the brightest solution to all enigmas. [1,683 words]
Pissed--Or, We Did It To Ourselves(Yes, Read Fucked) by Randall Barfield Periodical rant. [492 words]
Hiding From The Truth by Jessica J A true story about what I went through with my bestfriend. Hoping that writting will hael... [3,345 words]
An Interview With New York Times Best Selling Author Steve Alten by Owen Hollifield New York Times Best selling author Steve Alten... [1,332 words]
Confession by Dorra Della An journal entry from March 2002 about me and a guy I loved and am not dating. [1,353 words]
The Conductors Of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Frank Dunsmore For over one hundred and eight years the CSO has created beaut... [2,217 words]
Miniviews From Colombia by Randall Barfield No special description. Basically, getting an idea of what different people think at p... [3,555 words]
See The Light? by Jenn Thomas-Orr Random memories about a father from a daughter who loved him. [1,807 words]
Nothing New by Jenn Thomas-Orr One woman's experience with surviving domestic abuse and moving on with life. [2,352 words]
Letters From Afghanistan by Ben Overby A picture of the sacrifices that are being made daily by thousands of US troops and th... [4,333 words]
Didgeridoo by Jenn Thomas-Orr A review of a short performance I had the privilege of attending in Australia in 2001. [378 words]
Can You See It? by James A McGee Troubled young man learns a lasting lesson from his grandfather. [1,553 words]
Life, Love And The Pursuit Of Un-Intoxication by Rob Baked The short story of a piece of my experience traveling to Bomoseen... [1,826 words]
The Arm by Robert W Carlomagno The Misadventures of an Army Brat. [3,756 words]
Memories Of Cawood by Cylis Lapedimore This a short about a legendary sports broadcaster in the state of Ky, It was an attempt of... [874 words]
A Georgia Crossroads by Randall Barfield Where does it lie? [325 words]
Psycho Jack Turns 44 by S A Robinson Psycho Jack Turns 44 (Part 1 of 2)Aprox. 2100 words (4200 total) (My best friend Jack has... [1,895 words]
Greenlife by Frank L Martin Are plants aware? Perhaps. Read an experience that really happened and draw your own conclusion. [1,162 words]
Southern Comfort by Robert W Carlomagno The Misadventures of an Army Brat. Third in a series. [2,029 words]
A Picture's Wirth A Thousand Words by Frank Dunsmore I had the privilege of interviewing Cliff Wirth, Chicago Sun-Times newspaper... [1,701 words]
Night Lights Shine On by Frank Dunsmore Night Lights Shine On is a brief history of lighthouses. From ancient times on, lighthous... [1,553 words]
Radio Days Of Yesteryear by Frank Dunsmore I was in bed listening to my radio while the wind whistled and howled outside the wind... [3,001 words]
Connect The Stars In The Night Sky by Frank Dunsmore The ancient Greek and Roman stargazers connected stars with imaginary lines ... [1,912 words]
The Beach by Robert W Carlomagno The Misadventures of an Army Brat. Second in a series. [1,233 words]
Vietnam Notes by Robert Flynn Memories of war. [11,032 words]
The Mail's On The Saddle by Frank Dunsmore The Pony Express is a true spirit of America. On April 3, 1860 the Pony Express began ... [2,209 words]
The Truth by Amit Gupta A non-fiction story. [1,033 words]
Trading The Metal by Steven R. Kravsow "Today was a good day for me, or so I thought. I had traded in my aged 4-door Taurus, after b... [1,234 words]
Before I Exceed To Glory by Renee Zeno - [850 words]
Half Marathon Man by Peter Perkins True account of author Peter Perkins attempt to run a half marathon and the subsequent near d... [2,001 words]
Her World Of Darkness by Shenielle Aloysis The power of sight is something we take for granted. But what would you do if it were to ... [872 words]
Dungeons Of Darkness by Marvin V Arnett A visit to the African slave forts at Cape Coast, Ghana in West Africa raises ghosts and q... [1,396 words]
Celebration Of Life by Shenielle Aloysis After tragedy strikes, a period of healing follows. This story tells us of how a woman over... [926 words]
Mushi Mushi by Rachel Thian Yeng About my experience in Japan. [2,230 words]
A Blessing In Disguise by S Burkhead A story about my son, who I had at the young age of 15. [342 words]
Waking Up The Village by B. P. Skinner A concerned professional working in the inner city tackles the child protection system to... [1,760 words]
Childhood Memories by Rita Myers This Christmas story is based on one of the many stories that my late father shared with me ... [485 words]
The Gaspe Peninsula by Jock Pichette The story is about a beautiful part of Quebec. Whether its reaching a peak and only seeing ... [5,878 words]
Oscar Costin D-Day by Jock Pichette Oscar is special, a wireless operator during WWII with a mission to come back home in one pi... [1,843 words]
Medical Officer With A Mission by Jock Pichette A young soldier joins WWII from University, drives a jeep with all his medical t... [4,451 words]
A Story Of One Man, His Universal Carrier And The Unknown by Jock Pichette They did not ask Bert to join the War, he signed up, ... [3,486 words]
Reliving Another Senseless Death by Greg Stephens - [645 words]
Photo Man by Steven R. Kravsow I stood at the airport fence looking at a vintageB-24 Liberator. And then I saw the tiny little man. ... [2,560 words]
On Death And The Spirit World by Lissa N Metz-Gomez An essay discussing various elements of the 4th dimension. [1,446 words]
A Blemish In My Life - A Memoir by Deb Meyer This is true story about me dealing with my acne troubles as a teen and the des... [2,524 words]
The Battle With The Bat by Michael Wolfe The true story of a terrifying encounter I had at my girlfriend's lake home with a vamp... [2,012 words]
The Man With The Golden Tooth by Natalia Pedroza Slaves story from when the slaves came to America. [2,364 words]
My Not So Called Life by Natalia Pedroza A story about a boy who passe throw tough stuff at a very young age. [2,234 words]
As Long Lives This...Then This Gives Life To You. by Sorcha Colleran My aunt died of cancer,and since this piece could belong to a... [571 words]
My Second Identity by Pegi Handley It all began with such innocense, a feverent desire to better her life-start fresh again. I... [2,120 words]
The Final Analysis by Pegi Handley This is a story of women and madness. In 1955, at seventeen years old, I'm thrown into a psy... [2,061 words]
Bi And Buy -- Sex Self-Help by Victoria King Chapter 1. Covers some topics that a still touchy. For example - Women are bi-sexu... [1,881 words]
The South Finally Surrenders by Melody This is an essay about the civil war. It is based on a very important figure call... [2,577 words]
Lee At Chancellorsville by Mauricio Esquenazi This is an essay about General Robert E Lee at the battle of Chancellorsvile, during th... [1,748 words]
The Family Executioner by Steven R. Kravsow In the early hours of December 11, something terrible happened. William Beadle, known t... [4,795 words]
Stars & Stripers by Steven R. Kravsow He was a tiny man with a scrapbook. He'd served as a reporter for Stars & Stripes during World... [1,081 words]
Overcoming Anguish by Sandra Lee Larsen This article began as information concerning child kidnapping, specifically parental kidnapp... [863 words]
Tree Hives by Simple Man The story of my impression of my grandmother and events that took place that reminded me that family... [2,076 words]
Free To A Good Home by David Roberts The story of our experience with a special dog over a period of years; from our acquisition... [4,832 words]
A Cry For Help by Sondra Collard Home alone during the day? A warning from a daytime TV addict... [666 words]
The Little Glass Pitcher by Edith Talmason Biography, personal incident which may be enlarged to become a book. [809 words]
Bass Blood Runs Deep by Linda Marie Brainard This book pertains to the life of Samuel Bass. [16,000 words] [16,000 words]
When Dolls Talk
Go to page: 1 2 3 4 
A true story about a pet ground squirrel and a childhood learning experience.
I enjoy humor in poetry and short stories. I also like writing non-fictional essays and musings.
I live in upstate New York and I'm an amateur nature photographer. My interest usually run liberal, I'm concerned with the preservation of animals and nature.
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
|AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (4)
My Idiot Cat (Poetry) A poem for anyone who is owned by a cat or cats. [213 words] [Animal]
Shattered Lives (Short Stories) A story of a romantic triangle with deadly consequences. [4,761 words] [Crime]
The Confession (Short Stories) A murderous cousin plans to murder her way to money. [2,119 words] [Crime]
Wisdom Sucks (Poetry) A poem about wisdom and the shock of getting older. [142 words] [Humor]
As long as children remain heartless is how one childís story ends. That thought was brought home to me at the age of 10 when I rescued a diminutive young rodent from my own homicidal hands.
On the outskirts of Laramie Wyoming, the best playground was a stretch of Prairie practically in my back yard. Summers were spent roaming around in what at first appeared to be miles of miles of nothing but miles and miles. I spent my summers roaming around in this vast and intriguing place. I had quite a collection of fossils from ancient animals, small lizards and arrowheads.
One day, my friends and I went in search of a pollywog pond I had found earlier. With the rudimentary science knowledge obtained by then, we knew they would soon turn into frogs. Suddenly, we found a mound with a hole in the middle of it. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of some animal jumping in to it. I couldnít be sure what it was, but I wanted to find out. I called to my friends to help investigate. When we came upon the mound, nothing could be seen to give us a clue as to what animal it contained.
All of us had buckets for our intended collection of pollywogs. There was also a pond near by. We decided to fill our buckets up with water, pour it down the hole and see what comes out. We congratulated ourselves for the clever way we thought of to satisfy our curiosity.
We began to pour water down the hole and suddenly, strange squeaking animals started scrambling out. We squealed with delight and thought we could catch one of them. They ran every which way and so did we. This got us nowhere. I decided to go back to the hole to stand guard lest the animals returned. I saw some movement and bent down.
Suddenly, I saw this diminutive baby animal trying with all itís might to climb out of itís home and gasping for breath. I was overwhelmed with guilt with the sudden awareness that we had destroyed some animalsí home. I quickly scooped this pathetic looking creature up into my hand, dried it off with my shirt, put it in my bucket and ran home. I knew full well mom would know what to do.
Mom was always prepared for what I may bring home from my travels. When she saw the animal, identified as a ground squirrel or gopher, she said that it was a baby that probably had not been weaned from itís mom. My heart sunk. Itís mom was off to the four corners of the earth by now because I had provided the great flood with no Ark.
Mom immediately went to work warming cream and sugar, her cure all for ailing animals, and fed the ground squirrel via an eye dropper. I was delighted to see it had a healthy appetite. After the feeding, I picked it up in my hand and stated to gently stroke it. Soon, it was asleep.
For the first time, I was able to take a good look at this creature. It was gray and brown in color with a white patch on itís tail tip. We decided to call it Tippy. An appropriate name for such a small animal with a white tipped tail. We had no clue as to itís gender, but I decided it was a girl. It was too cute to be a boy! She emitted small "beeping" sounds. Soon, we would recognize what some the sounds meant.
We located an old bird cage in the garage and loaded it up with some grass, a blanket, water and a clock. I heard once that a clock kept baby animals calm and kept them from being lonely for itís mom. It just kept this one awake. The clock was out.
Tippy soon became part of the family. She was very affectionate and simply adorable. She liked to be held in someoneís hand and stroked almost as much as she liked to get on our shoulders and nibble at our ears.
In July we moved "back east" to New York state by car. Tippy went with us and had the enviable position in the front seat. At restaurant stops we always brought back lettuce, bits of tomato, bread crumbs and milk shakes for Tippy. It was hot that summer and soon we initiated another routine to our stops. We made sure we wetted a napkin with cool water because when Tippy became hot, she would sit on her haunches with her tiny paws around her now ample tummy and beep rapidly. She always calmed down when we wiped her down with the cooling napkin.
Dad had fashioned a leash and a collar for her so we could take her for walks whenever we stopped to stretch our legs near empty fields. We thought it would remind her of home. It became apparent that we became objects of curiosity as cars would slow down wondering what a child would have at the end of a moving leash.
Once in New York, Tippy settled down into a bigger and better home. Dad built a large cage with wood and chicken wire. After school we would take Tippy out for a walk along with some school friends who thought that we had a neat pet and often went with us. Evidently Tippy enjoyed the great out doors and soon attempted escape several times by pushing her nose against the gate. This resulted in an abrasion of the bridge of her nose. Dad, who by this time had his degree in Psychology, thought that behavior modification techniques may dissuade Tippy from bumping up against her gate.
He obtained a battery and wired the chicken wire to send a small electrical current. When Tippy nosed the gate, she would learn that it was inappropriate behavior and would stop. In one way, it worked. Unknown to all of us, mom had applied Vaseline to her nose.
Her funeral was held in our back yard attended by our family and a few close friends.
After 35 years, one can still see a faded carved rock with the words "Here lies Tippy. She will be missed. 1966"
Submit Your Review for Tippy
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.
Submit Your Rating for Tippy
© 2001 Kathleen McCarthy
|STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
|NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED