Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:36:22
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My dad had been finding tee tiny poops out near his work bench in the laundry room. He had a bag of grass seed laying on the floor next to his bench. He was telling me how he kept finding these little tiny grass seed hulls next to the bag, and couldn't find anything more than a pinhole in the bag. He asked me could it possibly be a mouse? I have only seen an actual "mouse" once. I remember it was nothing like the fat bottomed mice in the pet store. I remember it being very small, with a kangaroo like posture. So..I told him it probably was a mouse. I didn't give it any more thought after that.
Well, he went and got one of those humane traps for mice. Caught the little booger right away, the very first night he put out the trap. Now, my dad has caught a few rats, and I told him, and I have told y'al what happens to rats in my presence. They take a swim, a permanent swim.
I called over there the other day, don't remember exactly for what. Daddy says he caught him a little mouse.
Now whatever possessed me to say what I said next, I have no idea.
"Can I have him????" ( Done in my most girlish voice)
Daddy laughed, he said he had told Mama I would want him. So, I came over and picked him up. I brought a small aquarium to put him in til I could get him set up in one of our old hamster set ups. Daddy dumped him in there, and because he had been stuck in that trap all day, he was SMELLY...so I immediately dubbed him "Stinky". Shelby said that was not a proper name for this mouse, she wanted to name him Speedy, as in Speedy Gonzales. Ian wanted to name him Ralph.
All the way home, Stinky/Speedy/Ralph seemed relatively unphased by all this attention. When we got home, I got him a tiny water bowl, some shredded tissue for bedding and some food. Having all types of animals already, I was bound to have something he liked. He seemed to like the pumpkin seeds out of the rabbits treats okay.
Now, I know I have a lid to this aquarium, where it was, I didn't have a clue. So, I put a styrofoam plate over the top of it, thinking, as calm as he had been ( I even petted him with a chopstick, lol) he was not going anywhere.
Well, I went on to bed. I woke up about 1 am, went into the kitchen to get something to drink. I didn't flip on the light, because I have hidden Christmas lighting that lays on top of the cabinets. It was light enough, light enough for me to see my naivity was showing, and I was not happy about it!
Stinky/Speedy/Ralph was GONE. Yes...gone. Not so much as a little parting poo to be seen. I immediately saw my errors...
WHY? Why did I leave him in the aquarium on the kitchen counter????
Why was the styrofoam plate knocked off? Why was the tissue drenched in water at the bottom of the aquarium from the water bowl, which was now empty?
Why did I bring a dam stupid mouse home???
What was I thinking???
So, now I have a mouse running loose in MY house.
I truck it down to Lowes next morning and get ME one of those humane traps.
That mouse is SO gone. He high tailed it out of here. Smart mouse...dumb human. What a soft hearted mushy mush head I am. Silly silly me....lol.
I just thought it would be neat to have a real mouse instead of one of those pet store mice, gues this mouse didn't care what we named him, he hopped his buns right out and took off. Good thing, he would have been just a mouthful for the cats, and Tip would have sniffed him right up her nostril and not even have known it he was so tiny.
I have to say, he was pretty cute though. He had a tny body, and this HUGE head, lol. Kinda comical actually.