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02 February 2008 @ 05:21 pm
the great mouse escapade of aught-eight  
A couple of months past, we had a mousely visitor. I bought a pet safe sonic-mouse-scarer-thingy. It seemed to be keeping the mice away...

This afternoon, I went downstairs to fold the laundry that was in the drier. As I descended, I heard Isabeau meow. I thought she was in the kitchen, chattering to Don, who'd just come back in from a hard hour of hauling and chopping up deadfall. I'd been folding clean socks and undies for a good three or four minutes when I heard her again. This time, she sounded sort of muffled, but closer. Casting my eye about the basement, I saw her just past the litterboxes - right near the pet safe sonic-mouse-scarer-thingy. She was all but bouncing around, flinging her head back and tossing...

OH DEAR GODS! Mouse. Mouse there, with my cat, being flung about. Mouse!*

I half-shrieked, "Don! I need your help in the basement. uh. NOW."

"What's wrong?" he hastened to the stairs, no doubt fearful for my safety.

I was already moving toward Isabeau. "Mouse," was about all I could manage.

"Is it alive?" he asked.

By this time, I'd scooped up Isabeau, getting white hair all over the clean boxers I'd forgotten I was still holding. I looked down at the body. Its four paws were curled up tightly. The skinny tail lay limp. Several impressions - as of feline teeth - dotted its lovely tan and white fur. "I'm fairly certain," I replied, "that it's not."


*is dead*

Meanwhile, the other three cats just had to know what was going on. I juggled Isabeau and the clean but increasingly cat-haired boxers while placing my body - and feet - between the deceased and the curious onlookers. Don swept into action, dispatching the body with aplomb. Also, with a broom and dustpan. Once the corpse had been removed, I set Isabeau back down, praising her prowess (though I sort of wonder if she didn't just find the body and go to town with her 'new toy') and offering treats. She ate these with queenly graciousness before returning to the scene of the slaughter, whereon she curled up on the concrete and allowed Don and I to praise her further.

Tomorrow, I buy the catch and release traps.

*Once again, I feel it important to point out that I am not, I repeat: NOT, afraid of mice. Not even a little. My shrieking was a reaction to being startled. Just thought you should know.
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Andrewquueer on February 2nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
How long has it been since I mentioned I love you?

Also, the ball is tonight!
Kel: Gwen in a beretladyjoust on February 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)

Ooo! What outfit are you wearing? There will be pictures. (It's worth nothing that that was not a question) Have a wonderful time!
Andrewquueer on February 2nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
I went with tan bodice, white blouse, brown skirt. It's my favorite, even though EVERYONE said I should do the green shift and the much ado bodice.
Kelladyjoust on February 2nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Good call. You'll really be much happier in something you love. And I love love love that bodice.
Aifacat: Fartaifacat on February 3rd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
You left out a part...

"I'm fairly certain," I replied, "that it's not."

"Yes, mother. That..." said Isabeau, "is an EX-Mouse."

Kel: geekladyjoust on February 3rd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on February 3rd, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I bought a pair of the Tomcat livetraps last year, shortly after your November mousecapades post.

I think I've caught about seven so far, even with only one out in the kitchen. (I took the one in the basement out because I felt bad releasing them into the frozen tundra. They'd look at me with their big sad eyes as if to say "Don't you know how cold the ground feels under our tiny paws? Take us back to the warm house!")

In fact, one turned up in the kitchen trap about ten minutes ago, so it's time for me to go to the park for the latest installment of Catch and Release 2008.
Adrienne C.: Allieadrienne429 on February 3rd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, Allie also had a knack for catching the poor field mouse that would stray into our house.