Quite a bit of life in our yard these days, and I am not referring to the children-though that is an obvious truth!
The other day Dutchess cornered this little creature. She was so proud of herself and was hovering over it for ages. Finally, I tied her up to let the poor thing get away. (I did that ONLY because I don't have a garden planted! hehehe)
I've never been THIS up close to such a large rodent. Rodent is a big, mean, UGLY word-but up close they are kinda-sorta cute.
So here is my question to you all. I grew up calling these things Groundhogs. That is what they were, until I met Matt. Then, for two years straight he would lecture me every time the word GROUNDHOG escaped my lips saying something like "Those are NOT groundhogs. Groundhogs live in the South. These are WOODCHUCKS. Everyone around HERE calls them woodchucks!" Going on to explain how heinous it was to call them such an ignorant name, yada yada yada.
Finally, two years later, he broke my will and trained me to call them Woodchucks. But, when I was talking about Woodchucks to a friend, do you know what they said to me...
"You can tell you aren't from around here-because they are GROUNDHOGS, not woodchucks."
Ah HA! So I was right all along (am I that surprised?!?)
Truth be told: Groundhog and Woodchuck just different names for the very same creature. But doesn't groundhog just makes more sense? After all, they are little piggies. But they don't chuck wood.
That said, I think I am going to just keep on calling them woodchucks. Why? Because, frankly, that word is just more fun to say.
What do YOU call them?