Today’s Gift

Shebee is very proud of new collarThis 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.

Hero to Gophers

In case you were wondering, Twursula slept through it all.

About Kc

Kc is the Mom to 3 cats and lives in sunny Southern California. The Cat Freeway runs through her backyard and brings with it lots of guest cats and the occasional opossum and lizard!
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4 Responses to Today’s Gift

  1. Too funny!!! You are a girl after my own heart….I could not have killed the gopher either….in spite of everything…over here, if Alfie my Chihuahua were to catch the rabbits he chases in the yard, I hope he would not hurt them. Love the gopher story. And it does have a happy ending…oh the blessing of that coffee can and the dust pan. Little does that gopher know that if you did not drink coffee you might not even have a coffee can to save him with! “Nice lady that saves gophers”, I wish you lived on my street!!! At least I can email you! Thanks for the story and the smiles.
    Sarah

    • Kc says:

      Thanks Sarah! I now have a good excuse for continuing to drink lots of coffee! I don’t think it would work for trapping a rabbit so hopefully Alfie will just continue to chase them and nothing more!

  2. Sandy says:

    You rock, big sister! I’m going to nominate you for the Golden Dustpan Award!!

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