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Roosters and I aren’t exactly the best of friends. I know they know I’m a bit scared of them. They can sense it, I tell ya. I must smell of fear.

And Salt & Peppah, well, he can smell fear on me before I ever leave the house headed to the coup.

And as soon as I get close enough, he runs as fast as he can toward me, making this guttural sound in his throat. Almost like he’s about to do a big karate chop on me or something.

You know that sound?

It is definitely a sound you don’t want to hear from something running toward you.

And then he flies up onto the fence and gets as close to me as he can get.

We both check the other out, it’s our stand-off if you will. He’s waiting to see if I’ll run and I’m waiting to see if he’ll stop staring at me.

And then he gives me this look and my heart just melts.

Aha! The poor thing can’t see for that big ole comb hanging in his eyes all the time. No wonder he takes off running to the fence and jumps up to greet me. That’s how he can see me!

And then he really puts on a show when he proceeds to remind me why I do like roosters – they sound awesome!

Okay, if you have other ideas as to why Salt & Peppah behaves this way, please don’t tell me. Just agree that it’s because he loves me and wants to see me. I’ve convinced myself of that fact this week.

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  1. Hah! This post reminds me of a childhood incident. We were visiting my great grandparents ranch in Colorado, and I was eating a freshly picked apple from the orchard. Some goose in the front yard decided he wanted my apple, and charged. I was only about 3, but I vividly remember hightailing it away from that damned bird, and to this day, I have a strong aversion to geese. Roosters, they’re alright though. I truly believe Salt and Peppah just wants to look you in the eye when he talks to you.

  2. I can’t believe you have a rooster, that is so cool. You must have chickens too. Wow. I dream of owning some animals some day. I believe the rooster would probably scare me a little, even though I’m way bigger than him!

    1. We do have chickens and I’m not nervous with them like I am the roosters. Especially Salt & Peppah. What animals do you want to own?

    2. chickens, I’d love some chickens and goats, but it’s a pipe dream where I live. I do believe having chickens is outlawed in our village. Maybe in my retirement I’ll own animals.

  3. You are the only one I know that would ever dare to say that a rooster makes your heart melt! You are a stranger bird than I ever thought! 🙂

    1. Yes, Marsha, I know. I can’t believe I said he melted my heart either. Even today, my heart beat out of my chest when he jumped up on that fence beside me. But his crazy face looks sad. I guess I’m just a sucker for “the look”.