The Animals of The Walking Dead

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The Animals of The Walking Dead

This is the most iconic image of The Walking Dead to me.  Rick riding into Atlanta on that horse.  Poor horse; his fate was already sealed.

Andrea and Amy fishingAndrea and Amy fishing

I love the convo between these two sisters about their Dad’s wisdom while fishing with him. My Dad took me fishing, also, and had great words of wisdom like, “Stop standing so close to the edge of the levee or you’ll fall in.” Of course, I assured him I would not and could not, right before I immediately fell into the deepest part of the pond. We weren’t allowed to talk either because the fish would hear and it would scare them. Only fathers have such succinct wisdom!



 TabithaTabitha the goat

My cousin had a big, old billy goat named Proby with his own little cart he pulled. Proby would pull us around everywhere in that cart. I miss Proby. I miss Tabitha. Everyone seemed to love Eastman’s goat, Tabitha, and were devastated at her death by walkers. Despite both Eastman’s and Morgan’s best efforts to protect her, she escaped the safety of her cage and met her demise. No cheese for us!



Daryl and the OwlOwl al la Carte

Daryl plucking the feathers off the owl he killed reminds me of my extremely short-lived chicken-killing career. Let me interject a disclaimer here:  I grew up on a rural, semi-farm where we raised a garden and farm animals for food. A different time, different era, different way of life. I am an avid animal lover. When we had too many chickens running around, we would kill, pluck, and prepare them for the freezer. I begged to help wring the chickens’ necks, so my Dad caught one and handed it to me. I slung it around and around by the head then threw it on the ground to die. My chicken just got up and staggered around drunk as a skunk. I hadn’t harmed it at all. So ended my chicken-killing career. Daryl did a lot better with his arrow on the owl. How in the heck do you even cook an owl? Fricassee?


Buttons the HorseButtons the Horse

Buttons being out in the middle of the field reminds me of the time I went fishing and caught a horse. (Not in the mouth; my lure got caught in his coat.) I think if I was a horse and The Walking Dead crew contacted me about being on the show, I’d run in the opposite direction as fast as I could go! Horses seem to meet an untimely end on the show. Poor Buttons!



Source; SpoilerTVWild Dogs

This is the scene I almost could not bear. I am a crazy old dog lady. I love my dogs and this one was hard. Our group was starving and a pack of wild dogs show up, planning on munching down on the weakened survivors. I’m glad our people got the nourishment they so badly needed, although I hate what the meal consisted of. That’s all I can say about that; it’s just too horrific for me to think about.





TurtleThe Tortoise and the Gal

Oh, little turtle, RUN! Enid has spied you and she is past hungry! Is that as fast as you can go? She won’t be lying down and taking a nap like your old friend, the hare. Your minutes are numbered but your flesh will give her the strength to go on.



Daryl and the opossumHe Brought Dinner

Only Daryl would show up to meet a whole new group of people with a possum! Then boldly declare he had brought dinner. Anyone got any sweet potatoes to go with that opossum?







Morgan and the horseMorgan Finds a Horse on TWD Season 6 finale

And we come full circle, ending the last season as the first season began, with a horse. Morgan finds a runaway horse and then finds Carol who has also run away. After saving her life by taking a life, which goes against his “All life is precious” principles, the strange armored-up man appears and Morgan tells him he found the horse. The man agrees to get them some help, especially Carol. Have we just met one of the The Kingdom?




It will be awhile yet before we have answers to all our questions. I, for one, am looking forward the the season premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season 7 on AMC, Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 9/8C.


I'm from a very rural area in SW Mississippi. I'm Mom to one grown son and a little Maltese (see profile picture). I came late to The Walking Dead but instantly fell in love with the series and Daryl. I binge-watched the first four and a half seasons to catch up before it came back on in January, 2015. Now I'm hopelessly hooked. I also watch Fear the Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. I love blogging and interviewing the cast members and cosplayers. I believe everyone deserves recognition for their contribution to the success of TWD and FTWD, no matter how small.

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