Friday, September 02, 2016


It's been many years since I first posted this true story about my mother but I love it and felt it was worth sharing again. In January, 1907, this adorable picture of my mother and her pet rooster, Teddy, appeared in the “Boston Globe”, along with the following article:

Roosters are not unknown as pets, but little Ruth P. of West Brattleboro, Vt., has an exceptional rooster, Teddy, in that he will allow her to do anything she may wish with him.

The way this little mistress manages her bird playfellow is extremely interesting. She never punishes him because he never needs a rebuke. She speaks to him in a quiet tone, but there is in her eyes a certain power of the will, a power which is rare in children, which forces him to submit to her kind, though sometimes odd, treatment.

In the morning he struts into the kitchen and with a jolly “crowing” he mounts the low table at Ruth’s command, steps into the washbowl and patiently submits to a sponging with soap and water. After shaking his feathers a bit he is dried off with a towel and then brushed until his coat shines bright and clean.

Then follows another of her favorite pastimes. She hitches Teddy to her small doll-cart and drives her noble steed by “gee” and “haw” out through the woodshed, down the front yard to the sidewalk for a jaunt… both child and bird with tiny white hoods crowning their heads.

Ruth has had this strange comrade for several years and has trained him entirely herself. Teddy shows a great fondness for his mistress and obeys her without the least hesitancy.”


My mother lived to the grand age of 92 and, as one of her five daughters, I can attest to the fact that she “trained” us pretty much in the same way that she did Teddy!


Blogger Marie Smith said...

What a treasure of a story! And to have a picture with it. Wonderful. I am so glad you shared it again.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Gotta love the story and how you wrapped it up.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, your Mom was amazing. I have had chickens and even a pet rooster. Having them do what I wanted outside of coming for food wasn't even thought about. She really had a special talent.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny. I do believe a child who learns how to treat a pet makes a better parent, and a parent who becomes a boss treats his or her employees better, mostly.

7:53 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Sweet story. Thanks for making me smile.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This was the first time I had read this story about your mother and Teddy. It was a very cute one, Ginnie.

12:13 PM  
Blogger possum said...

I love this story.
I, too, had a pet chicken, Chi-chi. But I was not nearly as clever as your mother. How great to have that picture!!!!!

7:24 AM  

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