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grandkid pics! And animal stories

Ironically, the day after posting my rodent column I had back to back animal encounters. While I was at work a big orange cat appeared at the door of dispatch, loudly proclaiming it was very unhappy and needed love (and food) NOW. He let me pick him up while we called the humane shelter, but wasn't too thrilled about it and had his claws ready for action when I wouldn't let him down. Still, cat scratch fever is so less scary than spider bite allergies.

Now, at the beginning of his shift one of our deputies hit a deer as he was driving toward the office. My theory is that he felt guilty about the poor thing (even though it got up and ran away), so he adopted the cat and took it home. When he opened his garage door to get a cat carrier, the first thing he saw was a mouse run by him. Looks like Mr. Cat has his work cut out for him.

Cut to last evening. Jillian has come home from college for fall break (yay!) and was sitting on a chair in the living room when a mouse leaped across the room, literally right at her feet, then ran under the chair. There was a squeak -- someone squeaked. I headed for the kitchen for a mouse trap, and as I walked back into the room the mouse walked across the floor again, climbed up onto the sweatshirt Jillian left on the floor, and just stood there in front of her. We quickly concluded it was sick, or insane, or possibly had read my column and was screaming "You killed my father! Prepare to die!"

I'm not proud of what happened next, but ... well ... there was a broom involved.

I wonder if there's a statute of limitations on how often I can write columns about small animals?

Meanwhile, since I've been feeling kind of blah lately, here's the one thing that always cheers me up: Grandkid picspam!!!! (Photo by mom)



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Those kids are just beautiful. It must be so much fun to have them around.
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Well, it's a blast for me -- I can just play with them for awhile, then leave them to mom for the clean up! :->
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
AWWW!!! What a great pic of the three of you!!! :D

Edited at 2009-10-23 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Hey, somebody who actually noticed that I'm in the pic!
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)

A broom, a vacuum, a shotgun....when it comes to rodents, use the nearest weapon and grab it NOW!
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
The broom worked! A friend offered me his shotgun, but I suspect that would do more harm than good. :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww! They're adorable!

And I agree with the previous comment...use any weapon available when it comes to rodents
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Flamethrower -- check.
Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
They are way too adorable!

And oh, man. That is one crazy mouse. But then, my aunt sat down at the breakfast table one day to see a mouse sitting there, on the table, looking at her.
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
The mouse population is falling prey to mad cow disease? ;-)
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Oct. 24th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
And so is grandpa! Don't forget that!
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Oct. 26th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
they're cuties
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Yes, and so are the twins. ;-)
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Cute kids! Handsome grampa. :-)
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
It's all in the genes! ;->
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Are you bottle-feeding them Miracle Gro? Geez, they're big and adorable!

And that is a mouse in a cat-free house. [I know what would happen in mine, and I wouldn't want to watch.]
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
So that's why the stuff in their bottles is green ....

We've now found one dead adult and three dead kiddie mice in the basement -- still no idea what's killing them ....
Oct. 25th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Great pic of you guys! I can't believe how big the boys are getting!
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Big, and active! I'm watching them right now -- they're supposed to be alseep, but I can hear them jumping up and down and talking to each other.
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