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This is the story of a tom turkey named Tobias who lived on a large turkey farm in North Carolina, USA, and how he saved the farmer's wife, Marcia, and their family on several occasions. He was rewarded by never being part of any annual holiday feast. This exciting story is of Tobias' heroism to the farmer's family, not once, not twice, but three times.
Tobias was born on a large turkey farm in North Carolina.
He loved the farmer's wife, Marcia, because when he was just a little Turkey Chick, he caught Blackhead, a common turkey disease, and she bought the drugs to cure him.
She cared and looked after him in the brooder until he was well.
She made a roost in the brooder for him so that he could climb up and feel safe.
She also placed a lamp in the brooder to keep him warm and she gradually raised the height of the lamp as Tobias grew older and bigger and was able to adjust naturally to outdoor temperatures.
When he was eight weeks old he was moved from the brooder house to the outdoor house.
Then, after 28 weeks, he became a fully-grown tom turkey.
He enjoyed staying outdoors and he often spent his time outside to keep an eye on the farmhouse.
Marcia had a 2-year-old son, Ben, who was very adventurous.
One day, he sneaked out of the house without being noticed.
He climbed over the fence and ran down to the creek to watch the fish.
Tobias was watching Ben from the time he left the house till he got to the stream.
Ben waded into the stream and reached down, trying to catch a beautiful rainbow trout.
He slipped and fell into the creek and almost drowned.
Tobias ran to his rescue and pulled Ben out safely.
The second time of Tobias' heroism was when Marcia was cooking hamburgers on the gas stove. Her cell phone was in the living room when she received a call, so she left the kitchen to answer it.
The grease from the meat flared up from the frying pan; by the time she got back to the kitchen, it was on fire and full of smoke.
She managed to open a window before she fell down from smoke inhalation.
Tobias saw the smoke coming from the house and came in through the window to drag her outdoors. Then, he went back inside and doused out the flames with their fire extinguisher.
The third time Tobias helped the family was when the farmer was cultivating a field of sweet potatoes.
The tractor overturned when he turned at the end of a row.
His head hit the steering wheel and knocked him unconscious.
Tobias was watching him work from a nearby sweet potato field.
He scurried to the house and yelped, and let out a loud gobble; he kept gobbling until Marcia came to the door.
She followed Tobias to the field where her husband was lying and called the doctor.
Doctor Snyder gave her first aid instructions over the phone until he arrived at the scene.
She followed his orders, and that may have saved his life.
In a week's time the farmer had fully recovered and was out doing his farm work, but he started to be more careful with his tractor turns.
She was grateful for the quick warning that Tobias had given, so she had her husband frequently move the turkey outdoor house to fresh ground, to keep him healthy.
He reinforced the turkey fence, to keep him safe from predators, and added a strong netting on top.
Tobias kept on acting like a soldier, always on the lookout for signs of danger to his human family.
Tobias lived contentedly for 20 years, and as General MacArthur once said,
"Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away."
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal rescue centre called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
Here's a list of just some of Dennyk's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Black And Blue
Bonbon And Buzzy
Camping Gone Bad Canuck Cowgirl
Catch And Release
Dinky And Chomper
Dreama Talking Cockatoo
Fair And Square
Flowers And Birds
Huey And Yogi
Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
The Five Germs
The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
The Three Boars
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