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Friday, July 6, 2012

Farm Friday - If You Give a Mouse to Granny C...

As you may remember, I've been training Bella's Rat Terrier, Cindy Lou Who, to hunt rats, which are the scourge of our barn.

And not so long ago, she caught her first....

The night before, she was hell-bent on getting at something in the heat baseboards. She was going at it, scratching and clawing and just going nuts, but to no avail.

The next morning, my Dad and stepmother (Granny C) were sitting at the dinner table, talking over a cup of coffee. They were visiting with us from Kentucky, a wonderful treat that doesn't happen often enough.

Granny C is an accountant by trade, and is a very mannerly, button-down gentlewoman.

I'm sure you can tell where this is going.

Yeah. Cindy Lou once again started going berserk over something in the baseboards. Only this time? She got it. A mouse. Or maybe a small rat? It was in that in-between place that it's hard to tell.

But she got it out from under the baseboards and carried it with head held high and legs a-prancing, making a bee-line for you-know-who.

She walked right under the table with it and dropped it at her feet. Granny C was a model of deportment. She shut her eyes and tensed up, but remained where she was with an "I never did mind about the little things" smile on her face.

As I was getting a paper towel to scoop the rodent up with, my youngest child, 12 year old Daniel, began a running commentary on the events:

"Look, Cindy dropped the rat right next to Granny C's feet!"
"Awesome, there's blood on the floor!"
"Oh my gosh, it's still moving!"

With each exclamation, Granny C's body tensed tighter and tighter, her eyes squeezed closed just a little more, and her smile grew slightly wider across her face. But never once did she yelp, never once did she jump up onto her chair and scream in holy terror, never once did she race across the room like the hounds of hell were on her heels.

I don't know if Miss Manners has ever handled the question:

How does one behave if one's host's dog drops a partially dead rodent at one's feet?

But I just know she would have been proud of Granny C's reaction.


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  1. Aww Cindy Lou is so cute and a good girl for doing her job! You MIL is one brave woman...I would have had to stand on the chair once I found out it was "still moving"...I'd be done with that!

  2. Me too, Rachelle! She is very brave.

  3. Mice and rats both freak me out (and we've got 'em in our own barn), but I've been enjoying your posts about them. :-)

  4. Hi Anne: What a funny post! Gotta love the canine sense of humor. Take care, and have a great weekend!

  5. @Michelle: they freak me out a bit, too, though not as much as they once did. I guess I'm getting used to them. Is that a bad thing?
    @Athena: Yes, that was a bit of humor, there, wasn't it? Who knew dogs could have it, too?!

  6. She was showing off for the company!

  7. @Nanny: I'll bet that was it!
    @Rumpy: It was funny, I'll admit, though it was so NOT funny in the moment!

    Thanks for popping in, you two!

  8. Oh my gosh... what a brave lady Granny C is. I would of been up on a chair as high as I could get doing a dance and peeing my pants.

    Following GFC I tried to vote for your blog, but have to look through so many pages and can't find it. Do you have a direct link?

  9. Oh my - this story made me really laugh. I think I know exactly how Granny C must have felt - it must have been such a comical scene.

  10. Beautiful picture of a cute dog. Wishing you a great Thursday :) Hanne Bente /

  11. Good job Cindy Lou! And Granny C too ;-)

  12. Cindy Lou is a doll and earns her living ~ eh? Great post ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A CreativeHarbor)

  13. @My Journey: Same here! Such compusure!
    Question... what is GFC? You said you were trying to vote for me. I know I ask for votes for Top Mommy Blogs and Circle of Moms, but GFC isn't ringing any bells.
    @Karen: Comical is certainly one word for it, though I'm sure Granny C might be able to provide a few others!
    @Hanne: Thanks! Cindy is a cutie, alright. Have a wonderful day!
    @Lisa: I will pass on your words of praise to Cindy and to Granny C. 8-)
    @ArtMuseDog: She does earn her living. Unlike most of my shiftles critters!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!

  14. Yay for Cindy Lou! A good rat catcher is a treasure on the farm.

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays. ox (Would you be able to add a link to our hop on your post? Thank you!)

  15. oh that's funny...i don't think i would have been as cool as granny c and way to go miss cindy lou!

  16. @Nancy: They are a treasure, aren't they? I have a link to Rural Thursday on today's post, but not this one.
    @Tanya: I know I wouldn't have, either!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. That is funny :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. Cindy Lou is an adorable little mouse catcher!

  19. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B.



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