Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Texas Boys - Definitely Need To Know How To Use A Rope

Social Media Kommunikation The phone rings.

I answer it.

The woman - what sounds like a soft, computer generated voice - says, "Do you have a - deer in your pool?"

My mind says, Well that's odd, but my mouth answers, "Why yes we do," in response to this survey question, because ... WE DID HAVE A DEER IN OUR POOL!

I say, "Who is this?" and my friend - we'll call her Fifi - says, "It's me - Fifi." I laugh out loud.

I explain that I found it strange - that a survey company would be calling my house - asking this odd question - but, I could have sworn when I heard her voice that it sounded so smooth - so strangely computer-like. I told her I half expected her to continue by asking, "What do you plan on doing about that?" or some other question, in a very survey-like manner.

We could not stop laughing.

Yes ... there was a deer in our pool!

Poor thing ... wandered into our yard and I guess - fell into the pool and drowned. It did have two of it's legs pretty scratched or chewed up - some coyote could have gotten to it and in trying to escape, it fell into the pool and died. We really don't know.

When my children brought the dead deer to my attention and all 5 of us were standing around the pool looking at the poor thing, my son asked, "How are you going to get it out?"

I, of course, said, "I. Am. Not. The. One. Getting. The. Deer. Out. Of. The. Pool," to my curious son. I went on to explain, "Daddy will handle it when he gets home."

My son looked surprised and looked at me and said, "Daddy?" like that would be impossible. Like he was imagining that we would call someone - the people that did this sort of thing - the people that would come to our house to get the deer out of the pool.

I laughed and said, "Yes, Daddy. It is definitely a "boy's" job."

"How will he do it?"

Walking away, back towards the house, I said, "I don't know. I guess he'll just get a rope and lasso it - pull it out. He's a Texas boy - he'll know what to do."

My son, still standing beside the pool, staring at the poor dead deer said, "I can't wait to see this."

On the upside ... He did. He lassoed it. Put it in a wheelbarrow, wheeled it across the road, took it into the woods - and dumped it. I guess that's how they handle this sort of thing - Texas boys. My son was right by his daddy's side - learning the ropes..

81 comments:

Natalie said...

Ok, I don't have a pool, but if I did I would just about poo myself if a deer ended up dying in it. Ew! Once my husband got it out (ok, I'm laughing hysterically here, I love him, but he's just not the type to know how or even do that) I'd want to drain it and scour every inch of it with bleach. Glad you're so positive about it.

Amy said...

I'm glad we don't have a pool anymore. We have plenty of deer and coyote and no skills with a lasso.
What would I do if an animal died in my pool! Icky!

Kellan said...

We did - we drained it! It was due for some new, fresh water.

Dawn said...

Yikes, I'm sure that was a little distressing to your poor family. My parents had a dead cat in their pool once- it was during the winter and it was frozen- not a pleasant thing at all.

justabeachkat said...

Awwww...how sad! I'm glad our backyard is fenced in. We have lots of deer around too, but the fence keeps them away. We did have a HUGE turtle crawl under the fence and spend time in the pool though. A large snapping turtle, I might add.

Hugs!
Kat

Dad said...

Father's are always good instructors. ! !

stuwk said...

I'm not sure I would have handled that quite as well, Texas man in my back pocket or not...yikes!

You go girl!

multipleblessings said...

I don't think I would be able to EVER get in the pool again! Ewww!

But you have to feel sorry for the poor deer!

Julie

tricki_nicki said...

Oh my gosh! Now that is just not something that happens every day!

Eileen said...

I have never, ever heard of a dead deer in a swimming pool. Your husband is a hero, and I'm relieved that he knew how to lassoe. After those rodeo pictures and all, I just makes good sense, lol.

I guess better a deer than a snake. In Tennessee, snakes were a constant problem, the poisoness ones too. Only sometimes they were not dead. How I hated that. Did you know how well they could swim?

Glad your dead deer is gone, and has found a peaceful resting place, in the woods. Take Care!
XOXO

Laura said...

Oh my! Love the Learning the ropes part! Our pool sees squirrels, mice and even a poor little kitten...but never a deer.

Thanks for sharing!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Great story! I can see my kids doing the same thing! :)

bermudabluez said...

Geez, Kellan! Is there ANYTHING you have not dealt with????? Good thing ya got a real Texas cowboy for a husband!

kim-d said...

Okay, Kellan, ya got me this time. I have never heard of a deer in the pool before. Good thing you have that Texas boy with rope skills :)!

imbeingheldhostage said...

You know how when you pass an accident, you just can't help but look? That's how I read this post-- mortified, a little grossed out and sad for the dear, but with this morbid curiosity of how you deal with something like this. And that you HAD to deal with this? Who has these things happen? Great post:-)

Jacki said...

Oh my...I am so glad the worst we have deal with is getting dead birds out of the yard before our daughter sees them. :-)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Good lord - my mom used to panic when a toad would hop in our pool and drown. Can't imagine what she would have done if she found a deer!!

You Texans have all the fun!

Hallie

Happy Days said...

I can't imagaine! Good thing for cowboys!

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

We once had a horse in our pool. It had a better outcome as in the fact that the horse survived. The pool liner not so much.

Way to go Mr. Texas man on showing the youngin how to rope.

Have a great day Kellan

Tami

Amanda said...

WOW! I can't imagine that....it must have been a fun experience for your son.

Over here we get excited over bugs and worms and other creepy crawleys....I'd much rather a deer landing in our fish pond.

Jen said...

Wow! Moments like those there is nothing better than having a man around, huh?

Rachel said...

Kellan-I want to say only this story could happen to you but I am sure it is more common that I think. Wow-we were going to build a pool but we decided not to. I guess I am glad we did not build one.

As for Daddy and Son-how nice that he is learning from his dad.

Summer said...

Yes, definitely a job for Daddy!

Katrina said...

Crazy! And where are the pictures? I that was definitely photo worthy.

Meg said...

Yikes, a deer in your pool? Poor thing! Good thing your man can rope! This is too strange, today I wrote the first part of my "snake" in my house story...

Brittany said...

Oh.My.Gosh. That is awesome! We only get snakes (every so often) and VERY LARGE spiders, around. That is a great story.

Courtney said...

Seriously? Who gets a deer in their pool? Glad your hubby knows the ropes and could get it out, but that is too funny!

JO-N said...

Your little boy is going to grow up into a great man who ropes.

Kathryn said...

Oh no!!!!!! That poor deer! I'm going to have nightmares now. Waaaahhhhh!!!!! :(

You'd never know my hubby is a deer hunter, would ya?

Hillary said...

How sad for the deer! But at least it makes a great story for you!

Melissa said...

Wow, what are the chances of that happening?

I would have loved to see the removal of said deer. I'm pretty sure if I said to the hubs you need to take care of that he would have picked up the phone and called someone...of course that would have cost us a lot of money....

Kami said...

Whew, thank goodness for the old lasso! I don't know what us Canadian hicks would have done?

;-)

Funny story!

Holly said...

I love it!! My son would have had it all figured out so he and his dad could take care of it when my husband got home. Poor deer, but too funny.

jennifer h said...

How strange. Poor deer. Yeah, I would have waited around, too, for a man who knew how to lasso the thing. Unlike you, though, I'd still be waiting. :-)

Love the learning the ropes line.

Jen said...

Oh the poor deer! (no pun intended.)

Your friend is hilariously silly.

My SIL's dachsund drowned in her backyard pond (the day after we'd all be talking about how annoying it was, and how we wanted to kill it--oops), and she locked the kids in the house until FIL could come get it out & dispose of it, so the kids wouldn't see.

Karen MEG said...

That was an interesting way to find out about the deer. Poor thing. And, yuck about being in your pool. But good thing you've got yoursel a Texas cowboy there.
I am so very impressed with your hubby there, I could just see him, with your son saying "yeah, cool!"

Sheri said...

Whew! I was thinking "who would you call to handle that"?
I on the otherhand married a florida boy. Evidently they are scared of everything. He won't even handle the spiders. I have no idea how we would have handled this. I would have been crying and calling someone. Oh wait, I can rope. I guess that is what I get for being a Texas girl huh? Poor deer.

sting said...

the deer did what? your husband did that? hehe.. couldn't resist that! gosh, your hubby sure did put his skills to good use :-)

gina parker said...

OH MY GOSH. I can't imagine such a sight- my girls would have been devastated and I would have been grossed out of using the pool ever again. (For all my want to raise small town daughters- I was born and raised and will alwasys be a city girl at heart)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Learning the ropes; that's what it's all about!

Sniz said...

This story is too amazing not to be true. I can't get over the visual image! Glad your hubby is a Texas ropin' boy!

Amy said...

Well I have to say until this moment whether or not deers could swim was something that never occurred to me..LOL..thanks!

OHmommy said...

WOW! Bravo to the Texas Dad. You guys sure do have a lot going on in your neck of the woods!

Maria said...

Wow! A deer? What a cool hubby!

Family Adventure said...

The most we've ever had in our pool was a mouse. Once. And getting it out of the pool was definitely a man's job, too.

But a deer? Yikes!

Heidi

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Oh my GARSH, I don't even know what I would do in this situation! I'd probably pass out! hahaha Yes, definitely a boys job...I'd be a skeeered mess trying to get a deer out of a pool. I am dying laughing at "I don't know. I guess he'll just get a rope and lasso it - pull it out. He's a Texas boy - he'll know what to do." -- Gotta love Texas boys! ;-)

~melody~

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Wow, I am so impressed with how cool you Texans are about the whole situation. I would be freaked! And I am sure there is no one 'round here who could lasso anything.
What a story!

girlymom said...

Oh Ew~ We had smaller animals in the pool when I was growing up, but never a big deer. We had a possum play dead~ that was interesting!

Steph said...

Oh the poor deer!

Leeann said...

Oh, that is horrible! I don't know what I would do! Vomit, most likely...

Heather said...

We had a dead racoon in our water filled trash can. John had to use a rake to lift it out while I held garbage bags open to slop it into. Why couldn't we just leave it in the trash can if it was going out in the trash? Because it had to be bagged. Not a pleasant job.

Joanna said...

I can just imagine the stories Little Billy is going to come up with now!

Toni said...

We've had a skunk in our trash can before but never a deer in the pool.

Of course, we don't have a pool...

That Billy is a silly boy. He must get that from his momma! (:

HRH said...

OMG! We had a deer in our pool when in Austin. It was the weirdest thing....it jumped the 6 foot fence to take a swim. Luckily for him it found the steps and hopped right back over the fence. (Lucky for my TX man as well!)

Rima said...

Oh, my goodness! Texas definitely is wild. Hopefully there will not be a next time, but I think you can call the city animal control in a situation like that. Gah! It makes me shudder just to think about it!

But your "phone survey" friend sounds like a real hoot! I imagine the two of you have a lot of fun together!

Catlin Humes said...

Oh, I would have been so suprised. Actually, if my kids came up to me and was like "There is a dead dear in our pool" then I would probably think they were kidding. Then again, I don't have kids, or a pool...so they might be kidding. lol.

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Only in Texas... Nice to have yourself a genuine cowboy! :)

R Family of 4 said...

I feel like I lead such a boring life. Way to go little Billy....keep learning those ropes so us women dont have to do those sorts of things. Have a good day!

carrie said...

I never thought I'd say this, but I am glad that I don't have a pool!

Makes for a great story though! :)

Hetha said...

This happened to a friend of mine last summer. He thinks it was drinking and fell in. I think it's sad, but even moreso it's Grody to the Max!

Shan said...

Definitely a boy's job!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Well I guess if we can handle the bathrooms they can handle a deer!

Pam said...

I'm so giggly and silly at the mental image of this poor dead deer in the pool. My hubby wants a pool in the worst way - if I ever see a deer in there, I am going to pee myself! You handled that so much calmer then I ever would.

Way to get the little one in training for being a Texas Boy!

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

That's so sad that a deer died in your pool. I'm surprised that your kids didn't freak out. Well, glad that your husband got it out. What a talent! So that's what y'all do in Texas!

Laura said...

Kellan, I have tagged you with an EXCELLENT Award...well derserved. Thanks!

Karen said...

I'm sorry, but I'm finding this whole thing very funny! A deer in the pool! And lassoing it out! Way to go, Texas boy.

bren j. said...

Instead of shop class, do Texas boys practice lassoing and calf-roping?

Poor deer.

LunaNik said...

Yep...some things are just a man' job...no question.

Angela said...

Oh my
Now that is something that your kids won't ever forget

tommie said...

EEks...I can hear the stories being told at school now!

onthegomom said...

WOW, that is quite the story. And I agree, that is boy's work :-)

Becky said...

My son was right by his daddy's side - learning the ropes..

LOVED this post, Kellan!

JCK said...

Now in these parts, we are known to have bears sneak into pools. A lasso...mmmm

the dragonfly said...

Wow. Maybe it's because I'm sick or whatever, but that just made me so sad....

But you're right, that is definitely a job for Daddy. :)

Kelly said...

Wow, you handled that very well. I would have been slightly hysterical. LOL

My Goodness said...

And I wouldn't have done it either!! Way to go hubby, livin' up to the 'Cowboy' name!

Amy said...

And to think I freaked out about an itty-bitty garden snake in ours a few years back. Whoa, that is crazy!

Bren said...

A deer in your pool?

I must admit your title had me thinking something completely different. Yes, my mind was in the gutter!

Cathy said...

Always knew I did right in marrying a Texas boy.

Even if I did have to move to Arkansas to find him!

Andrea said...

now that's something you don't see every day!!!!

Patti said...

Awwww the poor deer :(

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