Who am I? **drops to knees and pulls hair**
I killed babies today.
They were baby rats, but nevertheless, they were babies, and I killed them!
Well, truth be told, I didn't actually do the killing. I had my hit
See, Julie and I were doing some work in the barn, and we moved this big honkin' metal thing that weighed a ton if it weighed an ounce, and out scurried this big ol' (ewwww) rat. Cindy (the rat terrier) gave chase and, well, I'd rather not say how it ended for said rat.
Then she ran back over to the big honkin' metal thing and quick as a jack rabbit, out she came with this tiny little thing in her jaws. It was a baby rat, probably not more than a few days old. Dead, of course. And I actually felt sad. These barn rats are the scourge of my existence, but I'm so screwed up I felt SAD that this widdle biddy baby was killed.
But before I could generate any tears, off Cindy ran back behind The Thing again, and I went over and looked and there was a whole nest of them. Probably close to a dozen. Did I call her off and place them all in a shoebox with some cotton wadding?
(I didn't take this picture, but this is pretty much what they looked like)
I'd be lying if I said the thought didn't cross my mind.
But for once in my life I did the smart, responsible thing when it came to animals.
I sicced my dog on them.
I figured, one crunch to the head and they're gone, pretty quick.
I didn't know what else to do.
I mean, I certainly couldn't facilitate baby rats growing up into adult rats to be killed by me or one of my kids another day.
And left to their own devices with no mother they would die anyway, only it would take a lot longer.
But I killed babies, oh my GOD!
Anyway, I will have to find a way to live on.
One foot in front of the other, as they say.
And I do have some LIVE babies on the farm that I am not killing.
And they are extremely cute.
I will show you a picture when my phone camera and my computer decide they can talk to one another again.
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