One day Big Poppa Puff was sitting on his porch, playing his banjo, when a traveling ventriloquist came wandering up. He'd been abused for being a ventriloquist so he kept his trade a secret. He said he was a traveling salesman and he would help with the evening chores for a meal and a place to sleep. Being the lonely banjo player that he is, Poppa concurred. After a meal of grits and chitlins, they started off toward the barns for the evenings chores. As they were feeding the chickens, the ventriloquist decided to have a little fun with Poppa. As he was tossing feed he said, "My are'nt you some nice looking chickens! What makes you look so nice?" Then throwing his voice he made the chickens answer, "Big Poppa loves us! He takes good care of us and feeds us well!" The ventriloquist looked at Poppa to catch his reaction. Absolutely nothing. He went about his chores as if he had'nt heard them at all! Next they came to the pigs. As he was slopping them he said,"What nice looking pigs you are! How do you get so nice looking?" Throwing his voice again, the pigs seemed to answer, "Big Poppa loves us! He takes good care of us and feeds us well!" Still no response from Poppa. Just going about his chores as always. This scene was repeated at the horses and the cows. The ventriloquist was beginning to think Poppa was deaf 'cause he'd not even batted an eye as the animals talked! As they were walking toward the sheep, Poppa stopped and sat down his bucket. He turned slowly toward the ventriloquist and in his slow southern drawl he said, "Before we go any farther, I just want you to know that them sheep over there are the biggest liars in the county."