Dog Snakebite a Regular Occurrence

Aunt Ret dealt with dog snakebite on a regular while rounding up cattle.

| Good Old Days

Aunt Ret had a dog that would bring in any cow Aunt told him to. He often came in with a swollen head, the result of an encounter with a snake. He would lie on a platform outside the door and Aunt would prepare a poultice of homemade soap and sugar or milk and bread, and she would wrap his head in it. When the poultice was dry, he'd peel it off and be ready for another snake.

Lula Husband Bright
North Platte, Nebraska

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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