Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Basically, there are two kinds of turkeys. One kind is wild and lives in the woods. The other kind lives on farms. The farm turkeys are often white, but the wild turkeys are mostly black and brown. I don't know why the farm turkeys are white, but I do know that if wild turkeys were white, they would probably all be seen and eaten by their predators!
Some show dogs wear snoods to keep their ears clean until they go into the show ring, but this is a different kind of snood, and much prettier, in my opinion.
The way the turkey got its name was that when the first settlers came to America, they thought turkeys were a type of guinea fowl, which are also called "Turkey fowl" because they were imported from the country of Turkey. This was a case of mistaken identity, and it was never really corrected, so that's why we call turkeys turkeys.
Wild turkeys can weigh anywhere between 8 pounds and 24 pounds. This means that some of them are even bigger than me! They can fly pretty fast, but mostly they like to walk around on the ground, looking for good stuff to eat, such as acorns, nuts, seeds, leaves, and insects. At night, they roost in trees.
Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day, which is when we should be eating turkey, but Mom has decided not to cook one for us. I can't believe she would make a terrible decision like this! Usually she cooks a turkey breast for Thanksgiving, and she gives us dogs some of the turkey. Mom said it was too much trouble to do it right now, but she promised to cook us a turkey breast for Christmas. So I guess we will have to wait until then, but it seems like a long, long time to have to wait!