Friday, July 9, 2010

I'm a life saver...

This morning I saved a mouse from certain death.
As many of you know, it is not at all uncommon for Jim and I to find a variety of woodland creatures dead in our pool.  Whether it be chipmunks, mice, moles, and one time a baby bunny (THAT was sad) I'm pretty used to it and it doesn't even phase me at this point.

This morning, I went outside to put out the trash and I notice a teeny, tiny, mouse sitting on the top rung of one of the pool ladders.  I figured, if this mouse was smart enough (or just plain lucky enough)  to get itself safely onto one of the ladders, then it clearly deserved to be rescued.  I went into the house, told Jim what was going on, grabbed my iPhone, and went back out to save a life. 
It was quite simple, actually....after a quick photo-shoot, I grabbed the net we use for skimming the pool, knocked him off the ladder, which sent him swimming, and then I was able to pluck him from the water. 

He/she was not at all thrilled about being captured, but even so, he/she grabbed onto the net, and then once I lifted him out of the pool, he let go of the net, fell to the ground, and took off into the woods behind our house.  I was happy to have saved him, but BELIEVE me.  If he gets any crazy ideas about coming back to the area (or our house) when the cold weather rolls around, I will be more than happy to trap the sucker and that will be that.  Swimming in the pool or running around the back yard is one thing, but if that thing sets one of it's little, furry, paws in my house, he's done.  

Side note: I'm sure Jim will crank up the chemicals for a day or two just to be sure there are no mice germs left behind.....he's not a fan of mice at all, especially when they try to use the pool without permission.

Other than that bit of excitement, I have nothing too exciting to report.  I have a softball game tomorrow afternoon, but it's supposed to rain, so that may be cancelled.  I have two games scheduled on Sunday and one on Monday night, which should be very fun, since we're playing on the Boston Common.
That's always a good time.  :-)

Have a very happy Friday - and a GREAT weekend!!!
xoxo


The culprit


Moments before the rescue...



8 comments:

Jim S. said...

You're my favorite life-saver, but Butter Rum is a close second.

Blobby said...

man, that is a long tail!

RG said...

I would've given him to Scooter to play with, until, you know, he killed him.

cb said...

I know mice in the house are not cool... but the darn things are so cute!

Mike said...

You are a better man than me. I think i would have put a snap trap with a big smelly hunk of cheese on the top rung and see what happened. A dog in the pool? Yes. A mouse? No way!

Ur-spo said...

that was very sweet of you - I would have done the same thing, I think.

colamanknits said...

Just found your blog a few days ago by way of someone else's blog. I've enjoyed reading through some of your previous post. I visited your beautiful city and Provincetown in the early 90's and fell in love with Boston. You're lucky to live there. Speaking of being lucky....so is the mouse. I think I would freaked out and tried to have screamed it away! :)

Breenlantern said...

I love love love our pool but it always breaks my heart when I/we discover a dead or trapped critter...the guilt sets in for placing this unnatural death trap in their natural path and home. Majority of the time it's dead mice in the filter, but we've discovered 3 shipmunkcs: one dead, one we found alive and struggling to get out, which we "saved" but he lied, shaking, in the grass and died several minutes later, perhaps from the strain; and one outr housemate saved. Sigh...