March 10, 2011

EEEK! A dog bone?!?

While I was making coffee this morning, I heard a scratchety-scratch-scratch sound coming from the living room. I knew Moxie was involved somehow, so I called her name. When she didn’t come, I walked over to see what she was up to. I found her sticking her head into the entertainment center, sniffing and acting anxious. My first thought was, “Oh *#@%! Not another mouse!” There is a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood and the mice are fleeing the fields like crazy.

In a tone eerily similar to Faye Dunaway’s, “Tina! Bring me the axe!” line in Mommie Dearest, I hollered upstairs for my son to bring me a flashlight.

Fully expecting a rabid mouse to dart out, I shined the flashlight into the entertainment center. I was so relieved to see that Moxie hadn’t cornered a mouse. She had hid a toy bone back there and couldn’t quite reach it! This dog is such a nut! She has never missed a meal in her life, yet she has a such a strong instinct to “bury” all of her edible chew toys.

While we are on the topic of mice, I have to say that I have finally come across a better mousetrap. I’m terrified of regular traps. I snapped my finger once, so now, I can’t touch them. I’ve been using Tomcat Snap Traps and they are amazing! All you do is pinch down on the back end and the trap is set. There is absolutely no risk of hurting your fingers. I spread just a tiny bit of peanut butter in the center and the mouse is usually caught in less than a day.

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  • Dawn

    how adorable is she! i want her!!! 🙂 thanks for the laugh, needed that today 😉

  • Marylou Sakosky

    awww soo cuter .i have bone jud like it for Rocky my chihuahua . I want another an scared randy into going to get a free lil grl but he wants a pup
    I dont know ,you may see me on the animal hordin show lolo i jus love’em
    Thanks Karen for sharing ..hagd hun an thanks for the savings (^!^)

  • Gem

    Oh, NO!!!
    I have cats – 7 now, but I used to have 11. I could never kill a mouse! Whenever they trap/corner a mouse, I always know something is going on, and I rescue the mouse! I have one mouse now, Peanut, who is a brown field mouse that’s over 3 yrs old. (That’s ancient in mouseville!) My point is, I can’t/won’t kill any mouse, so I either let it go in the woods behind my house, or keep it as a pet. The mice are keep in a large aquarium and are great entertainment for all my cats!

  • Deb

    Hi Karen, thank you for sharing your story of Moxie today. She is so adorable. This month I have had my new puppy one year and let me tell you dogs have such different personalities. My new puppy chews anything and everything. You drop something or leave something on the floor, poof it is gone under the bed and chewed to bits in seconds. I could go on and on about him and his personality. Looking forward to spring so we can ride on the golf cart again!! I have to bungie cord him to the golf cart or he bolts. If he does get away from me I just put the cart in reverse and the beeping reverse sound brings him running back every time. My last dog I lost one year ago today, Bailey, a male Chichuauah he lived 17 years. I miss him dearly. Buddy is my new dog he is a Chichuauah Pappilion (Chia Pap). He is so endearing and not at all like Bailey. Thanks again for sharing your story and the mouse trap tip. Love your website and look forward to receiving it daily.

  • @Dawn Thanks! Glad you liked my story. 🙂

    @Marylou Say hi to Rocky for me! 😉

    @Gem I’ve had a couple of mice fall into my swimming pool. Rescued them and drove them to a field a mile or so away. But once they get in my house, all bets are off.

    @Deb I’m really lucky. Moxie really hasn’t chewed anything up. She has a bunch of different kinds of toys and I rotate them out regularly so she doesn’t get bored. I think she has only chewed up one of my son’s Nerf bullets. Oh, and she likes emery boards, so I have to make sure my daughters don’t leave those lying around. Chihuahua Papillon mixes are adorable! Sounds like you have fun with him!

  • Karen
    Your stories are priceless. A few years ago when I had my German Shepherd we set sticky type mice traps in the cellar. One morning the kids and I woke up hearing a “chhh chhh chhh” type sound. Before the kids got up I headed downstairs fearing I had caught a very large mouse. When I had got downstairs I found that I did catch something large. My German Shepherd!!! She had 4 traps stuck to her…1 on each front paw, 1 on her tail and another on her muzzle!! I guess she liked the peanut butter as much as the mice did!!!!

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