Tammy Ammon: My Farmtastic Life

[Editor’s Note: This week we introduce a new column called “My Farmtastic Life” by special contributor Tammy Ammon. Tammy and her husband, “Cowboy,” live on a beautiful patch of land in Somervell County. Between their horses, donkeys, dog, cats and assorted other creatures, there’s never a dull moment. Check out Tammy’s past musings about critter antics, farm chores, domestic bliss and observations about the natural world on her website, www.myfarmtasticlife.com. Please visit her Facebook page, too, and give her a “like.” We like her writing and we think you will, too!]

By Tammy Ammon

Tammy Ammon at the farm

Tammy Ammon at the farm

Well, sometimes things at the farm just don’t work as we planned, and so we pull up our cowboy and cowgirl boots and figure it out. Such was the case with our dear little cat Yeller Feller.

When Yeller Feller showed up at the farm, he was skittish. Cowboy and I worked hard to get him to trust us and let us give him good scratches behind the ears. Well, once that little guy got a taste of affection, he decided we humans could be pretty nice. He was hooked.

Yeller Feller hung out at the barn and stayed under foot. He also decided he wanted to have a kitty friend in our best pal Nightmare, a.k.a Mare (Yes, I know. He’s neither a horse nor a female, but Mare it is.). Anyway, Mare was having none of it.

Now we’ve had our share of critters at the farm and gone through the introduction process with all the proper howdy-dos, and we know that they generally work things out. In fact, country folks tell us all the time, “Awe, don’t worry about it. They’ll figure it out.”

But this neurotic farm mama tried to help them work it out, giving love and attention to both, but it was just not working. Mare, who is the barn-cat-in-chief, was changing rapidly. He wouldn’t come when called. (Yes, he is part dog and does come when called.) He wouldn’t let us pet him. He wouldn’t come in at night, which is our routine that lets this farm mama sleep peacefully.

Mare started hiding in the barn attic, where the Texas heat was rising, and so we had to figure out a plan B. Now, if you know me at all, you know parting with a critter is something that is nearly impossible for me to do, but as I grow in this farmtastic journey, I’ve also learned that I owe it to the ones we have, all 16 of them, to keep them safe, sound, and happy.

Mom and Dad to the rescue! Mom and Dad have two outside kitties, Waylon and Willie, who are laid-back brothers, and my mom and dad thought they wouldn’t mind Yeller Feller as a new brother. Plus, Dad’s always wanted a yellow tabby cat, and as luck would have it, Yeller fit the bill. (If you haven’t guessed yet, I come by this animal thing naturally.)

Dad to the rescue!

Dad to the rescue!

img_1168Anyway, Dad came and packed up Mr. Feller and carted him home. They spent a couple of days working through howdy-dos with all the proper stares and inspections. Mom and Dad spent loads of porch time with Yeller giving him attention to teach him where his new home was.  Gram even fell in love with the little guy, and cats are not her thing.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, Yeller Feller caught on like a champ. Ate up every pet and ear scratch, and even discovered tree climbing. Although, Mom says he’s not too good at it yet. He’s having one big dandy time.

So my heart rests easy knowing that Yeller came by his fur-ever family via the farm. So on our Meet the Farm page, Yeller has moved form a fur-kid to a farm friend. I guess technically he’s now my brother since we share parents. Nothing new for me — the best siblings have four legs.




One Response to Tammy Ammon: My Farmtastic Life

  1. Louis Rolleigh Reply

    August 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Clearly Yeller Feller has a mind of his own. Or maybe he was mad about the name and wanted to move on down the road. Whatever, it was, I enjoyed this cat tale from Tammy. Keep ‘em coming,

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