Ranch Security

 I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Hank the Cowdog books by author John Erickson.   Good ol’ Hank, Head of Ranch Security, can usually be found protecting the ranch from varmints and keeping everyone safe with his side-kick Drover.

Well here at the J & A Chicken Ranch we have our own head of ranch security by the name of Drew Miller.

Drew Miller was rescued by the animal shelter as a pup.  My mom and niece Ashy picked out this little, cute ball of black and white fur.  They were told by the shelter that he was probably a Border Collie.  Well, he ain’t no Border Collie. 

We don’t really know what he is.  

Drew ended up at our house at about 6 or 7 months of age.


 He’s a good, gentle boy most of the time.  Except when there’s a varmint on the loose.  I’ve seen a side of Drew on the attack that I don’t like seeing.   He killed a mama possum once that I witnessed and am still having night sweats over.  You can read about that murder here.

But that was a possum.  They play dead.  I mean, how hard is it to kill something that’s playing dead?  Even Hank and Drover could do that. 


Then there was the porcupine.  You know those fights where one says, “You should see the other guy?”  That’s what the porcupine was telling his friends back at the Prickly Pub.

Either last night or this morning, we had a very close call.  After church I went out to tend to all the animals and there lying dead in the back yard about 3 feet from the house was a  black and white animal.

Yep, you guessed it.  A skunk. 

My mama used to sing a little song to me when I was a little girl.

Black and white kitty, sitting in the woods.  Isn’t that little kitty pretty? 

 I went right over to pick it up, but shooooo weeeeee, (pinch your nose here) it wasn’t that kind of a kitty.

I’ve never seen a skunk up close.  For obvious reasons.  I thought he would look more like Flower in the movie Bambi.  Uh, No.  Skunks are uuugggllly.

Drew  killed that poor rascal in our backyard.  And miracle of all miracles, it did not let off its stench.  Had this been a Hank the Cowdog story, Hank would’ve  gotten sprayed, tried to go home for supper, got run off from the house ’cause of his stink, and sent to live with the barbaric coyotes for a month till the smell finally wore off.

Which makes me envision Drew Miller, stealth-like, stalking that skunk, then pouncing before the poor fella could even defend himself.

Either that, or these 50 mph winds we’ve been having for 2 days are tricking us.   Only time will tell.

 Drew Miller, a.k.a. Killer, serving and protecting. 

I think I’m going to get him a badge.


  1. leon says:

    He’s a keeper.


  2. RB says:

    Good story. Glad you have protection out there.


  3. That porcupine quill photo hurts to look at! And yet, it almost looks like Drew is smiling. That’s some dog.


  4. Marie says:

    Yikes! Glad you weren’t home!


  5. Lenore Diane says:

    Drew and our two pooches would have a fine time together. I am constantly amazed at the things our dogs are able to catch. Thankfully, I found the possum in our backyard while it was playing dead, and I relocated him. I received a thank you note from the possum a week later. 🙂


  6. Donna H says:

    I LOVE Drew Miller!!! and I don’t think I ever knew a dog with a first AND a middle name! Way too cute!!! Love you for adopting a dog from the shelter! Both of our “girls with fur” are from our human society (one is 13 ,”Asti” and the other “Brandy” is two) Do you think we have an “alcohol” problem here (Asti and Brandy):) We got them both as pups and they are the best dogs … seems like they are grateful for a good home and are pretty much always on their best behavior! Lord knows, we have almost built our lives around them. They are little “house” dogs, so we are always worrying about them if we are gone very long shopping, out to dinner, or they are a great excuse if we are someplace we really don’t want to be! (Oh gosh, we had better go, the girls have been home alone for a long time!!) 🙂 My daughter and her husband breed border collies and shetland sheep dogs! They are just amazing breeds and Drew Miller certainly looks like he has a good share of that breed(s) in him. I’ve heard similar stories from them about “critter” offerings at their place! GIve your pups an extra treat (the milk bone kind) tonight cuz they are pretty special and I enjoyed reading about them! Until next time … Donna


  7. I hope you don’t have babies under your house. Oh, and I love the first picture of Drew Miller!!!


  8. Mama says:

    Oh, it ain’t gonna rain no more, no more…….it ain’t gonna rain no more! How in the heck can I wash my neck….if it ain’t gonna rain no more?!

    That’s the end of that song!


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