Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mom's declared War!

Well, mom has really gone all out in full battle mode.  You know she got the owl, 6 whirly thingabobs, one live trap, 2 big spring traps, (& locked us in the house, thinkin' those things would work better w/out us). Well that didn't work. She sent dad to the store for more traps, critter repellant, & she spent all morning doin' research on how to best defend her garden. addition to the above, we have 6 lil' snap traps, 1 big glue trap, & 2 lil' glue traps, critter repellant granules & a partridge in a pear, really still only that owl on a stick. On top of all that, she covered the garden & all the tomatoe plants w/ lil' cotton balls soaked in peppermint.  She don't even care that her nice green garden kinda looks like a carnival w/ lil' snow balls.  It sure smells good! 

She did have one lil' snaffu....Lexie thought those lil' cotton balls were a mistake, they didn't belong on those t'mater, she was followin' behind mom..takin' 'em off.' the most important thing...she conceded that AHS was still the best weapon at her disposal, & we have full access 24/7!  

This morning, she could hardly wait to check the garden. We went out w/her for a full inspection. One of the traps was sprung...but no varmit. Two of the glue traps were totally gone, but she found them in what was left of the cannas (she cleared a bunch out, so nothin' could hide in 'em). They were stuck together, but no critter. The live trap was still baited & were all the others. Mr Owl had nothin' to say, he's still just sittin' on his stick wobblin' his head. The cotton balls were still in place...but two  t'maters had been chomped on.  Less damage than anytime before....of course, Lexie & I are taking credit for this developement. Sorry about the two t'maters, but we do have to sleep some. Mom's still not happy...but she's not givin'up.. & neither are we!  AHS is on duty...& those varmits are on notice...we will hunt you down!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Mom's on the warpath!  Critters have been ravaging her garden....usin' it like a open free for all buffet! Actually, more like a tastin' table...'cause they just chomp big bites, & then go on to another one....don't even eat the whole thing. 
We've been doin' our best, here at AHS...but sometimes our plans & mom's don't mesh. 

First...she thought she'd beef up our security w/this owl on a stick.  She let us check him out before she put him up there. Lexie promptly removed his head, but dad put it back on. I was surprised that he could move his head around all by himself...kinda cool..might work for those pesky birds. But he's not gonna be much help for anything else..especially in the dark.  Now, if he'd lite up, flap his wings & make lots of noise..that might work. 

If that wasn't enough....she put these lil' whirly things all over. Again...cute, but what if the wind's not blowin', or at nite?  Again...maybe just for the stupid birds.....(little does she know, but they're really too busy eatin' dad's grapes & figs to mess w/her garden). 

This was last nite's result!  Not our fault!  Mom set out her traps, owl, whirly thingabobs & then for some crazy idea...locked us up in the house, all nite.  I'm pretty sure that she's regretting the wisdom of that idea. 

Lot of good these things did. Her trap w/cheese & tomatoes...not even touched.  Why? Well they had a fresh smorgasbord out in the garden...much better ambiance. They could taste, chew & discuss which 'maters they liked better in a relaxing atmosphere...SANS DOGS!

  Ha ha ha....they took dad's cheese & didn't even get caught!  What a waste...we didn't even get a piece of that cheese.

Woo look at that. It must have been a mixed crowd, last nite.   A raccoon or oppossum helped themselves to a nice grapefruit. 
(Note to mom---wouldn't have happened it AHS had been on duty...just sayin'.)

When dad let us out this morning...we tried to get one of the critters....but it ran up that tree, across the roof & to the front yard....we do what we can.  All the damage had been done, anyway.  As much as we enjoyed the nite off, I bet mom doesn't lock us in tonite.  
Oh...and I've got another idea...let's put Lexie's bed out in the middle of the garden. She'll love that, & I bet nothin' gets any 'maters w/her on stake out.