Come Get-it and Turn Around

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Super Natural or Supremely Natural?

Please pay attention, dear reader. The characters in this story can get confusing to anyone who was not actually there.
 
A very dear friend of mine, named Bertha, also lived at the lake and also loved animals; had an odd habit. She loved to give her pets odd names. She had one black lab she called Turn-Around. Basically, because it was her granddaughter's idea on account of the fact every time you turned around the dog was there. She followed Bertha everywhere.
 
If she got out it got interesting. Bertha would cup her hand over her mouth and yell, "Turn Around." Every jogger, walker, or person in their yard would... turn around. It got crazy when everyone tried to help her find Turn-Around. Everyone would be yelling, "Turn Around". Cars driving through the neighborhood would start turning around. Anyway, that is not the story here, just a side note.
 
Turn Around was expecting puppies when she arrived as a stray. She had her puppies but none survived. They were all stillborn. It broke Bertha's heart. She was beside herself because Turn Around cried for her babies. Her milk sacks were bulging. I suggested she schedule a trip to the vet. I knew the vet had the stuff to help with the hormones and the overproduction of milk. She could also schedule the spaying, (attitude adjustment), which would be necessary.
 
Bertha loved to sleep with all her windows open. She had screens on all but the one where her window air conditioner was. That particular window opened above the ac unit. You guessed it, a new arrival. A mother raccoon with two babies moved into Bertha's kitchen and set up housekeeping in Bertha's bread box during the night. When Bertha discovered her guests she noticed the mother had a broken leg and was having some mobility issues. Bertha had a very soothing voice and it seemed to help the little mother stay calm.
 
Bertha was not sure what to feed this little mother. Bertha's granddaughter once again helped her name her new guest. She kept saying "Come Get-it" when because that is what Bertha kept saying when she put food out for her.  Bertha had some peanut butter, some peanuts, grapes, some almonds, some pecans, and some canned tuna. She set up a tray with a bit of each one on it and offered it to Come Get-it. Come Get-it, said thank you by eating all of it. It was fascinating to watch. Bertha did know enough to offer two bowls of water. One was to drink from the other for food washing. Each bite was carefully washed before it was popped into her mouth. Bertha worked with Come Get-it for a while until she could touch her. She knew she was going to have to take her to the vet to fix the broken leg. It was a few days before Turn Around's appointment so she decided rather than change anything she would just take Come Get-it in and leave Turn Around there at home. She got the cat carrier out and opened the door. She put the blanket that Come Get-it had been laying on into the carrier and left the door open.
 
What was she going to do with the baby raccoons? While Bertha was getting dressed Come Get-it and Turn Around worked it out. When Bertha came back into the kitchen there was Turn Around nursing the baby raccoons. Turn Around had nudged the little mother into the cat carrier by herself and was waiting for Bertha to close the door. Bertha almost started to cry. She said she knew the dear heavenly father had something to do with this one.
 
Come Get-it got her little leg fixed along with a rabies shot. Bertha had to leave her at the vet's for 48 hours. While she was gone Turn Around took over motherly duties. She came home with Bertha after two days at the vet's. She and Turn Around traded off each day on babysitting chores. Turn Around's milk eventually dried up but she never had to take medication to reduce production and was able to get scheduled for her "attitude adjustment". Come Get-it eventually moved out one night with her babies. We still see her once in a while. She pops in to say hello to Bertha and sometimes is caught napping with Turn-Around.
 
Come Get-it and Turn Around did what was supremely natural to them and Super Natural to us.


Submitted: March 13, 2021

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