Copyright – E.A. Wicklund

Copyright – E.A. Wicklund

“Stop goofin’ around, Chester, I have to get to work. My family likes to eat every day.”

“We can’t work today. Haven’t you heard?”

“Heard what?”

“We’re fur load.”

“Fur load? What is that?”

“If you don’t use a gun to do your job, you don’t need to show up for work.”

“That’s crazy! Says who?”

“Robin tweeted to Martin, who re-tweeted to Raven, who told me last night while we were, you know, feathering our nest, that we’re all fur load.”

“I don’t understand. Who decided that was a good idea?”

“I don’t know, but it’s for the birds.”


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What about us? We don't have fur. We can't fur load. Can we still forage?

What about us? We don’t have fur. We can’t fur load. Can’t we still forage?

This is nuts! Technically, I have fur, but I don't know how to fur load. Does this apply to me?

This is nuts! Technically, I have fur, but I don’t know how to fur load. Does this apply to me?

Tell me this is a joke, pecker head.

Tell me this is a joke, pecker head.

If it is, the jokes on you. I don't need no stinking gun, I've got my pecker.

If it is, the jokes on you. I don’t need to fur load, I’ve got my pecker.

What about us? We thought you cared about us? At least that's what you always say.

What about us? We thought you cared about us. At least that’s what you always say.

Chicken, yeah, let's play chicken!

Chicken, yeah, let’s play chicken!

Seriously? $#@!

Seriously? $#@! Stupid Humans!

50 thoughts on “Open Season On National Wildlife

  1. pattisj says:

    Love this! I hope everyone who was fur load-ed is still light-hearted. Cute pix and captions.

  2. artsifrtsy says:

    I think this is my favorite post on the shutdown so far – I have a neighbor who is fur-load from the parks system. So stupid to put us all through this because they can’t get along. Loved the shots – man – those eagles – how did you get so close?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Those eagles were at Grandfather Mountain in NC. Both were injured and being rehabbed. So, we were able to get very close to them. I’m pretty sure they were living out their lives in captivity.

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        We have them here seasonally and you almost have to stalk them to get shots that close. Gorgeous!

  3. acflory says:

    -giggles- You have a strange and wonderful brain Honie. 🙂 Loved this piece,and the pics that went with it.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      We live in strange and wonderful times. 😉

      1. acflory says:

        -grin- And sometimes that is more obvious than others. 😀 This was such a lovely mirror to the times.

  4. Ha ha! Hilarious, Honie. Yes, what about them? I thought they cared about us…What must they think? The poor animals. Humans are stupid…BUT not all of us! Loved this piece.

  5. Impower You says:

    HA!!! I love the last photo with the eagles. Thank goodness animals can’t talk or we’d all get a talkin’ to!

  6. rgayer55 says:

    I hope those critters get their back pay when this is over. I loved the pecker references, thought about including a few of those in mine. Hilarious piece, Honie. Thanks for the laughs.

  7. Off The Beltway says:

    Made me laugh out loud. Thanks from a fur-load employee.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Nice to hear from you, and I’m always glad to make you laugh. What a bunch of horse feathers this whole thing is!

  8. zookyworld says:

    Fun! A pun wrapped in current events … I’d say Congress is a bunch of bird brains, but I’m afraid that would be insulting birds. A fun story, and you piled on the laughs with all those photos — good stuff!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, the birds deserve more respect. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Dear Ra-PUN-zel, ,

    My father always said that a pun is the lowest form of pastry. This story is very “low” and I enjoyed it. The last picture of the eagles was the perfect exclamation point.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Daddy’s Girl,

      Yes, I thought after that tear jerker last week I’d let down my hair and play “how low can you go.” That’s the object of congressional limbo. Puns keep a blog soft and manageable and give it that bouncy lift everyone seems to like.

      Tangled in the Tower,


      1. That’s me. Daddy’s girl ;).

  10. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Honie,

    The Eagles said it best.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this flight of fancy. You took it fur ther than I would have had the gull to.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Doug,
      Eagles always do. The entire thing sticks in my craw.

  11. This is wonderful, Honie! So clever and funny. I like the way you made it such normal, every day dialogue, but worked in the bird names, Robin, Martin, and Raven. It’s great! Very well done.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      The birds always want their credit. I try to be fair, but they can be so demanding. 🙂

  12. EagleAye says:

    This is just brilliant. I’m happy to find another punster. Love the additional pictures with the captions. I’ll be watching your blog for more clever laughs. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks for the generous praise. I must tell you, it isn’t always sunshine and lollipops over here. Sometimes it’s raindrops and brussles sprouts. I do hope you’ll visit often.

  13. JackieP says:

    I think you captured the whole mess wonderfully. 🙂

  14. erinleary says:

    Fun! You and Russell are birds of a feather this week. Great word play.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      We are, aren’t we? How funny. Thanks for reading.

  15. Helen Ross says:

    Beautiful photos as usual Honie! I particularly love the last one and its caption is very apt.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      What an embarrassment.

  16. Brilliant. From this side of the Atlantic, all of this is just… weird. Great inspiration for you though!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s weird over here too, Freya. Super weird. Sadly we’ve come to accept this sort of thing.

  17. Linda Vernon says:

    Haha! Being Fur load is indeed for the birds. I enjoyed your photos too. 😀

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I hope you’re not in that boat.

  18. Sandra says:

    Great topical take on the prompt! Well done.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Sandra. I couldn’t resist.

  19. Just right, Honie! The whole thing is nuts and the squirrely nuts are leading the way. Loved “fur load.”


    1. Honie Briggs says:

      There’s no accounting for bird brains. They think the craziest things. 🙂

      1. The problem is literally that there’s no accounting, not enough concern about the debt and dealing with the economy. There’s not accounting for that (or probably there is, but I’m not going to get any more political than that)!!

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Politics truly is for the birds. It is so not my thing.

      2. BTW, had a wonderful time in San Francisco!

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Glad to hear it. Did you get to everything on your list?

          1. No, but my list was probably overly ambitious and I used the last day to hang out with some Kiwis at the last day of the America’s Cup, a good tradeoff!

            1. Honie Briggs says:

              Nice! There is always more to do and see than we can manage in one trip without being completely exhausted by the end. I am all traveled out for this year.

              1. There’s no point in having to come home to recover from what’s supposed to be a vacation, is there? I saw lots of things, had a great time, met some good people, ate good food, and time with my husband. All good. We’d love to go again, but at the prices of the downtown hotels, we’d probably stay farther out, somewhere where we could get public transportation in each day.

  20. This whole furlough/government shutdown is a load of something. Something that has nothing to do with fur.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Haven’t you been seeing the fur fly, Mr. Petruska? Everyone is loaded for bear. Bears have fur. Oh wait, what do bears do in the woods? So, yeah, I suppose you’re correct. It’s a load of something, alright! The worst thing is, a generation from now, when bots rule the world, no one will remember this event. There will be no monument to commemorate the collapse of the debt based economy.
      The headline reads: U.S. Suffers National Erectile Dysfunction: No Leaders Left Behind

  21. Lol! Wonderful Honie and exactly how I feel!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks, Lady. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood, isn’t it?

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