We had a lot of animals around when I was a kid, but mostly they were food-producing livestock. We lived in the country and the cow, the pigs, the rabbits and chickens were an important food source for our family of eight. Of course we had the usual dogs and cats too.
Earlier when my mother was growing up, she had a rather unusual pet. A badger. I wish we had a photo of her with the badger, but she described it so well in her story, that I can picture him in my mind. This is an animal so unique that you would expect to only see it in a zoo.
You can read Jolly Was a Badger on my Mom’s author page. Jolly lived in the wash-house and liked to dig tunnels in the dirt floor. That must have been a trial for my grandmother.
You can read more about badgers on a page I created. There are even some videos so you can see badgers in action. For more photos of my mom with kittens, puppies and even a young coyote, check out these vintage photos in an earlier post on this blog.