Family Farm: Feisty the Rooster and Slinky, the Black-And-White Cat

Iowa woman recalls her two favorite farm animals while she was growing up on her family farm

| Good Old Days

When I was growing up on a family farm in Iowa, my favorite farm animals were Feisty the rooster and Slinky the cat. Slinky was a black-and-white cat who got his name from the way he stalked his prey. I have a picture of me petting Slinky and holding Feisty.

Feisty was quite a pet. He just loved to crow. However, one day he quit crowing. We couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. He didn't seem to be sick. After several weeks, Dad decided maybe we should butcher him. When we dressed him, we found out he (or she) was just about ready to lay eggs. Dad figured that must have been why he quit crowing.

Joy J. Palmer
Forest City, Iowa

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