Monthly Archives: August 2012

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?

I haven’t written here in a long time. Really long time. Lots has happened since I last wrote (like buying a new house!), and I haven’t quite known where to start.

But I’ve got a great (somewhat embarrassing, even!) story to share, so I figure why not start there?! Enjoy. I’ll catch you up on the rest of life soon :).

Our new house has a huge backyard. About half of it is fenced, and the other half is wooded behind the fence. It is beautiful! This means, though, that we see a lot of unique wildlife! We’ve seen turkeys, deer, coyotes, lizards, birds, squirrels, etc. They all make the puppies go nuts (did I mention we have floor to ceiling windows?! Ha). Our neighbor was telling us at one point that he had woodchucks in his backyard. I didn’t say anything at the time, but laughed hysterically internally because… See title. I had no idea woodchucks were real. No idea. I thought they were a fictional thing from a tongue twister. (when I told Andy this, he said, what do you think they wrote the tongue twister about?! He loves me.) Anyways, I googled it. Sure enough, they were real and I had seen one in our backyard! How cool! A few weeks after this we were at our neighborhood block party. We were chatting with the neighbors about the wildlife and Andy was listing off the things we’d seen. He didn’t say woodchuck, but had added groundhog to the list. Me, being the “always have to be right” wife I am (working on it…), interjected “and woodchucks” to the end of his list. No one said anything. Didn’t think much of it.

Fast forward a month or so, and we had another in our backyard. Now, when Andy said “groundhog” to our neighbors, I had chuckled inside again. Groundhog?! Those are real?! For a girl BORN ON GROUNDHOGS DAY, I should know this. But again, totally thought it was a fictional character. I always pictured Punxsutawney Phil as a prairie dog. Don’t ask. Anyways, we had one in the yard. I googled woodchuck to see the images again and confirmed, yup, woodchuck. Then it came back to me that Andy said we had had groundhogs. I got curious as to what a groundhog looked like, so I googled it. And it looked exactly like a woodchuck. I couldn’t believe it!! I went back to regular google to see what this was all about and sure enough the first hit “groundhog, also known as woodchuck”. HILARIOUS!

{this is not one of our woodchucks/groundhogs, I haven’t gotten a good picture of them yet}

So, in case you were wondering too – groundhogs AND woodchucks are real (and the same thing)! And they’re huge! And we have them in our backyard. Actually, they live under our next-door neighbors shed, but have chewed themselves a nice hole through our fence so they can come and go as they please. Real nice.