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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, in our garage

About a week ago, I wrote that Shelby had become highly suspicious of one area of the wall in our family room. Well let me just say...

the pug was right.

Steven went to inspect the garage and found rodent poop and peanut shells along the back side of the wall that Shelby was sniffing. He also found a set of mousetraps left by the previous owner. He set the traps. I hope there are no peta members reading this right now. If it's any consolation, he set the traps with gourmet cheese. Seriously, did we need to set the expensive cheese out? Oh well, it was the only cheese we had in the house. I suppose it's pointless now to mention that peanut butter would've probably worked just as well. After all, it seems these rodents have a penchant for peanuts.

Knowing that the pug also really likes Gruyere, he surrounded the traps with tall boxes so that Shelby couldn't get to them. Personally, there's very little that can keep this pug from getting to cheese, so we also kept Shelby out of the garage during this time.

Round 1 went to the rodents. Cheese was gone, but traps were intact.

For Round 2, Steven really jammed the cheese into the trap so that the rodent would really have to dig into it to get it. However round 2 still went to the rodent. Come morning, no cheese, but also no rodent.

Round 3 was quite unexpected. Steven had not set any cheese out. The traps had no bait. However come morning, he caught a huge rodent. He took a photo, but I'll spare you that. Just know that the execution was swift and clean. We were unsure if it was a mouse or rat. He sent the photo to our friend Glenn for identification. His boys have pet rats, and we figured if anyone would know, he would.

Yes, it's a rat.

And it's a female.

They can breed every 5 weeks.

Our rat problems was a hot topic for their boys at the dinner table that night.

Good grief.

But the story gets weirder...

When Steven returned to clean up the rat, look what he found.

It's not poisonous. He identified it as a gopher snake, about 18in long. Peta members will be happy to know that despite the snake being really pissed with Steven, he managed to set it free just beyond our property line. And I'd imagine that it was pissed because Steven cheated it out of a meal.

All this happened while I was at work.

Imagine my surprise when I get an email asking, "Do rats go into the trash or the food waste bin?"

To which I responded, "It depends, did you remove it from the trap?"

June 30, 2008 | Permalink


omg! the picture of the snake really freaked me out! i hate snakes with a passion! if i had seen that snake in front of me, i would've totally freaked out! i'm really scared of them! eeewwww!

Posted by: dana | Jun 30, 2008 8:39:06 AM

Thumbs Up for Shelby Sherlock Holmes!
Bet you are proud of your puggy for sniffing out the evidence! Bravo to your husband for humanely disposing of the
snake and the dispatch of those pesky and
persistent rats.

Posted by: Jade | Jun 30, 2008 10:07:19 AM

yup...My dogs and cats were never wrong when they sat trying to tell you to "Look into this for goodness sake!!" It's really not surprising that you have Wild life....that lovely view you have for a back yard is attractive to Critters too!!!! Good Hunting!!!

Posted by: AnnCrago | Jun 30, 2008 12:43:51 PM

Shelby has good taste. I'm a Gruyere fan too. Did Shelby get a treat as well, for her amazing powers of observation?
Love your funny about the trash vs the food waste bin.
Cool snake! Bet it was ticked at the loss of that rat. I'm sure it will find another soon enough though. It's not like they're endangered or anything.

Posted by: Bo | Jun 30, 2008 2:33:02 PM

The snake was after the rats, I hope he ate all the babies you found him? Good luck, we live in the country, rats, mice & snakes come with the territory as well as ... well, you name it! We have rat terriers as well as cats, and they are always busy with something! Way to go Shelby! The hardest part is finding them!

Posted by: Diane | Jun 30, 2008 3:57:19 PM

Trust the pug. Always.

Posted by: Boston Shelby Fan | Jun 30, 2008 8:11:10 PM

Eeks, Rats?. I dealt with them and also mice in my parent's old house in California. I'm not a big fan of them either. I used to have a hamster when I was young, but mice and vermin, Well.. that's another story. .

Posted by: Joanne | Jun 30, 2008 8:49:25 PM

Good for Shelby for sniffing out the rat. I probably would have screamed if I saw the rat or the snake, lol.

Posted by: Ana | Jun 30, 2008 9:18:06 PM

Kudos to Shelby! Kudos to Steven for taking care of the problem before you got home! The snake is really gross.... but I am sure the rat was no fun either... Take care and be careful of "wild kingdom" in your garage....

Posted by: Mary and Mia | Jul 1, 2008 11:44:28 AM

What a great blog! Shelby is adorable. She acts alot like our pug Jenny. Would you mind if I added you to my blog roll?

Posted by: Marie | Jul 1, 2008 9:18:58 PM

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