When I yelled at her, she dropped it in surprise, but since she was on her way up the church window into my bedroom, her usual preferred pathway, the chipmunk got left behind on the window sill. It tried to go up the window as well, but I grabbed a soup ladle, not effective at scooping the poor creature up, but enough to keep it from going up to my bedroom and certain death. It ran along the counter and jumped down behind the stove.
What to do? Bliss came running over to the kitchen. Both dogs could smell it under the counter, but there was no easy way out - or so I thought.
I baited a squirrel trap with peanut butter and sunflower seeds, and stuck it in the drawer under the stove.
Later that night, after I'd gone to bed, I heard a big scuffle as dogs suddenly started running around. Aha I thought, the chipmunk. Sure enough, there it was when I got downstairs, running behind the woodstove, dogs in pursuit. This is a small home - not a lot of room for big dogs to chase a squirrel, chipmunk, mouse or bird - the latter having been brought in many times. So I put the dogs Invisible Fence collars back on, opened the doors and encouraged the dogs to move closer to the front door.
Sure enough, the chippie smelled freedom and made a break for it...heading for the deck door through which it had been unceremoniously brought. Waiting outside the door like Darth Vader was my big black cat Christopher. The chipmunk didn't hesitate... it must know about this cat - who only chases moles and rats. It ran right past Christopher who just watched it go.
Talk about laugh. What an adventure.
Eleia of course stayed upstairs, totally annoyed with me. She'd spent months trying to catch that critter and here she'd been successful and I'd spoiled the last bit of fun. (Thankfully.)
They're great company, wonderful companions. The dogs are terrific guard dogs I found out the other day when someone arrived to do some work on the property and told me the boys had growled at him not allowing him onto the property. I know they bark at certain trucks, tractors and cars going by or up my neighbours' drive, so they've always alerted me. But protecting me and the property? Good to know.
Christopher doesn't chase birds, and Eleia is learning they're not to. It takes time but it is possible.
So it will be interesting to learn what these four will do in their new home. None of them are particularly good with change. The cats in particular. But we'll manage.
|Sun setting on another adventurous day|
Hope you can deal with any changes that occur in your life today - easily and with aplomb. And hopefully any changes aren't monumental - unless of course, that's what you want... enjoy whatever comes your way!