AHS log for June 19----Lexie heard a security breach before midnite, just as mom was turnin' off all the lites. Mom even heard it. She wasn't sure what it was, but she was thinkin' that maybe she forgot somethin' outside from our barbecue we had earlier in the day.
So, she turned on the outside lites, an' let us out. We charged out quietly (when we're sure there's somethin' out there, we're not gonna warn 'em....this was gonna be a "black op"...."take no prisoners".
Lexie an' I located the perp in the flower bed, as it tried to elude us, we chased it thru the bushes, across the path, to the garden behind the grill...across the patio, as it zigged an' zagged. When it got on the patio, we had it...almost...just imagine the scurrin' of 8 big paws an' 4 lil' ones all jumpin', hoppin', twistin' & "dancin'" as it weaved in an' out under us & us tryin' to grab it & all three of us in a tangle.
Now, this is where it went sideways. Well, at least as far as mom was concerned. As far as Lexie an' I were concerned, it was a very successful operation.
Then mom....<just shakin' my head...she never learns> stepped out (still not sure why).....that lil' distraction gave that big rat an' openin' an it ran for mom. She made this lil' noise an' jumped outa the way. She wasn't sure what that rat was goin' to do, but thoughts of it runnin' across her bare feet an' maybe up her legs ran thru her head ...an' well, that "fight or flight" mode kicked in...an' it's really amazin' how fast she can move sometimes.
This was all in split seconds...when mom "moved", she left the back door open. That rat thought that was an escape route...Mom's yellin' "NOT IN THE HOUSE!!"....an' pointin'..(from the safety of the patio)...tellin' us to "GET IT!!" (that was a lil' redundant, duh!).
Lexie an' I got it before it could get past dad's chair, right by the threshold. Then left it layin' there for mom. (Hey, we even know that it's not s'posed to be in our house).
Mom looked at it...carefully...then at us layin' there watchin' it & her, waitin' to see what she was gonna do. We'd done our part.
Mom sure didn't want to touch it...not w/anythin'...not w/a bag, towel, oven mitt...thought about dad's barbecue tongs..but that grossed her out....didn't want it period. An' she wasn't goin' back outside for a shovel (her mode of disposal). Finally, she went into the garage an' got a big empty popcorn tin she had gotten for Christmas. Usin' the lid (while we watched..just in case it was playin' possum), she scooped it into the tin an' slammed the lid on it. Then left it in the middle of the laundry room w/the door shut, w/a sticky note for dad sayin', "DO NOT OPEN!" & plans for him to get rid of it.
Lexie an' I made sure there were no more breaches into the house...just to double check. Then we really wanted to go back outside...but mom for some reason said that was a definite negative.
As a side note for mom....just maybe stayin' inside an' not "helpin'" us an' keeping that door shut might be a better idea..just sayin'.