Yikes! We had a run-in today. Today I took my 4 kids into the Santa Monica Mtns nearby to go for a picnic hike. Is that a nice family outing or what? I thought so. We got out of the suburban in a big dusty dirt parking lot, and first thing, my 6 year old John goes to the bushes to throw up (carsick). My 9 year old asthmatic, Frank, says he needs his inhaler, so I go digging for it in the back of the car, when my 4 year old Becky yells, "SNAKE!" I turn around and 15 feet away is a 3 foot long rattlesnake, calmy slithering accross the parking lot directly toward us. William (age 10) and Frank jump back into the car, while John, Becky, and I scoot quickly out of the way. Over the next 5 minutes, we watch Mr. Snake slither under our car, and then disappear up the front driver's side wheel well. We knelt a good distance away and watched for several more minutes before it came back out, and continued on its way, into the bushes. We took a vote and it was unanimous. Hike cancelled! We took our picnic to a nice civilzed playground and that was it.
So who else has a rattler story?
Oh, I have one more. Our collie was bitten 4 times on the paw, in our yard, about 3 years ago. A few days at the vet and $500 in antivenom, and he was fine. I hear that was a very good reaction.