Groundhog day! Groundhog Day?? Why in heaven’s name do we have a holiday in honor of a frigging rodent????? Look- it’s February 2nd- if you live anywhere in the Northeast you know (or should know) without the help of a rodent that there will be AT LEAST six more weeks of winter! Destructive buggers they are- digging holes- I’ll show you an example in a bit- destroying crops and generally being a nuisance.
“Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2. It is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication.”
Pests- nasty rodents! Know what happens to a horse or cow that steps in a groundhog hole? It’s not pretty! And like the proverbial cockroach if you kill one all it’s relatives come for the funeral and move right in.
Here’s how we control groundhogs here! (PETA be damned!)
That, by the way, is a pound puppy we adopted. He is a border collie mix and weighs a good 60+ pounds. And that is one of the SMALL holes he is going getting ready to dig out. Some of the holes are so large he can get all the way inside! God bless him- in the spring when it is cool and the rodents are slow he gets one or two a day. In summer he gets a couple a week. They just keep coming! The damn things are rodents and breed accordingly – So screw PETA!
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