Thursday, December 5, 2013
Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
Two dogs, two cats, three horses, two pot-bellied pigs, and two prairie dogs and one registered nurse from pediatric surgical services at UNC Health Care: That’s what you’ll find if you visit Christie Grafford’s ten acres of land north of Roxboro in Hurdle Mills. She likes being “out in the sticks” as she puts it where she and her husband and their array of exotic pets can get outside and do what they like.
When she’s not tickling her two prairie dogs, you can probably guess that Grafford’s riding her horse, practicing for the next hunter/jumper competition. For her, the relationship with her horse goes beyond words and is a connection that offers a great deal of comfort. That comfort is the same feeling she brings to her pediatric patients as they recover from surgery, a job Grafford is excited to do.
If you’re ready for some cute animals and funny antics, turn on this month’s RN: Real Nurses episode now
- Prairie Dog Fun Facts
1. Prairie dogs are rodents, not dogs. However they are called dogs because their warning call sounds like a dog bark.
2. Two prairie dogs recognize each other by touching their front teeth together. Because of this, their mouth is also open when greeting a human and this can be a bit intimidating for someone unfamiliar with the ritual.
3. Prairie dogs are about 15 inches long and weigh 2-4 pounds.
4. Prairie dogs eat roots, grass, and other plants.
5. Unlike most rodent pets (like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and mice) prairie dogs are very social and absolutely LOVE attention.