This morning Jenna came by to take me to the grocery store with her and as we were leaving we noticed Shebee, wearing her beautiful new red collar, seemed to be stalking something in the yard. I walked over to see what had her attention and she was staring down a gopher hole. We have had a gopher in this neighborhood for years now and this one really had Shebee’s attention. I waited patiently for a few minutes hoping it would stick its head out. Jenna commented that Shebee would probably still be sitting there when we got home.
(Fast forward through our trip to the grocery store)
We pull into the driveway and Jenna says, “Shebee’s gone”. We gather my groceries and open the front door and there sits Twiggy, Shebee and the gopher. They are in the house! Once again this visitor was very much alive and in fact rather aggressive when Jenna got a little close trying to keep the cats away. I grabbed my trusty red coffee can. Jenna did a great job of running interference so I could plop that coffee can down on top of him. She then did a great job of holding the can down with her foot so that the cats couldn’t get him.
OK, now what? Jenna can’t stand like that forever. What are we going to do with this gopher? Remember I said we’ve had gophers in the neighborhood for years? Well, we have and in fact I think it was a gopher that Twiggy did battle with a few years ago and who left Twiggy with a huge wound on her back leg. I really don’t want him in the neighborhood but what am I going to do with him? I can’t put the lid on the coffee can or he will suffocate (according to Jenna). And I can’t kill him. I hate what he does to our yard but he is just a poor, defenseless little animal, I can’t kill him. So I grabbed the dustpan, slid it under the coffee can and scooped him up! Took him outside and set him free. I’m hoping that he will stay on the other side of the street and out of the yard of the nice lady who saved him from those cats.
In case you were wondering, Twursula slept through it all.