This is a Public Service Announcement:
It's TICK TIME!
This lovely creature was found attached to Happy's armpit. Looks like it was just in the nick of time as she has bloated to the "egg sac" stage, with her big old booty containing nearly a thousand of the little nippers. It's a bit of a shock to us as it's been cold and snowy here a lot of the last few weeks, but there have been a few pretty warm days.
People ask me in trying to justify the "all god's creatures" theme what I think the purpose of a Wood Tick (or Dog Tick) is on Earth. Basically, the thing they do best is spread disease, as they love to hook on to so many nice warm-blooded mammals. It's said that they can sense carbon-dioxide being exhaled. But they do have their own predators, namely "Tickbirds", also known as oxpeckers, trained chickens that specialize in eating ticks off of cattle, and the ever-popular parasitic wasp. Seems like if there's a nasty ass parasite or ruthless spider that is impressive because of it's tenacious, almost malicious (anthropomorphizing here) killing methods, there's always those little parasitic wasps to dampen their day. Everybody has their own personal nemesis.
Keep an eye open for those ticks. Geez, I got an itch now.