Friday, August 19, 2011

the rat catcher

the rat catcher by lovelydesign

The other day I was standing in our living room and I saw what looked like a thistle on the floor. I bent down to pick it up, and it was the end of a rat nose with whiskers - snipped right off. There wasn't any other sign off blood or fur, or anything else at all. Clean slate.

Then I looked over and saw this guy, all stretched out and looking rather proud of himself. Gross!

Jack is ALWAYS bringing home us home his nasty treats. One time we found a wounded WOODPECKER (a large male Norther Flicker) sleeping in our bookshelf. Another time I found a completely dried out frog under our couch. One time I actually had to call a professional rat catcher to help me get a rat out of the insides of our oven. (My partner Charles is completely terrified of these things, so I'm always on my own) The ratcatcher showed up at our place, and immediately removed his shoes to catch the rat in his bare feet. (ICK!) I ended up catching the rat, but still had to pay the guy $200!

14 comments:

Holly said...

haha, he did what he had to do.

my cat will just kill and leave her kill, without eating anything. my parents cat will kill and eat everything except the organs! moral of story: cats are awesome.

Alissa Nicolau said...

Our cat Evie is a huntress. One night we were woke to a strange sound and found that she'd jumped off our bed and caught a bat!

Good boy Jack!

jennifernieva said...

While feeding the baby, I noticed that baby was staring at something on the floor. Thinking it was the dog doing something funny, I turn around only to scream in terror. There was a dead robin on the cream carpet. CREAM! Right beside the dearly departed bird was one of our cats, licking herself and preening. I won't describe here how I disposed of the bird. There were a lot of screaming and cursing involved.

Emily said...

Nice. At least he's earning his keep!

Casey said...

I never heard of a cat just leaving the snout behind! My parents' outside cats like to leave their fresh gophers on the top step outside the kitchen door. So you walk out first thing in the morning, and oops, look what I stepped on! Totally nasty!

kirstie said...

I love to see the beautiful, peaceful pictures of your home, but it's strangely reassuring to learn that there is a savage flip side : )

Actually, come to think of it, weren't you just posting about the birds flying into the glass?

Joey said...

Oh ick! We had a "house mouse" recently...sounds a lot cuter in the story books! We bought a live trap for about $35 and sent him back into the wild! Good for our conscience and it can be reused forever!
So can we go back to seeing pretty things that you have made now including those adorable kids? ;o)

peanut said...

Ick.

My mum's cats used to bring things home. My sister (who is completely blind without her glasses) got out of bed one morning and discovered a dead ermine (weasel) had been left on her jeans. Guess how close she was when she realized what it was? Another time she found half a squirrel.

Erin M. said...

Those are amazing stories. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy the blog.

ps- I love the whiskers Adelaide gave to Elliot.

Joan said...

This is a sign that your cat really loves you...brings the "treasures" home for you to admire and go Good Kitty!

I doubt the cat ate the entire rat...might have found the remains of another critter's kill. I might rather have the tail than the whiskered snout! ICK !!!!

Good to find more posts by you to your lovely (usually) blog. Love the stories of Addy and the art works, and baby Eliot of course.

Viktorija said...

Can you please please show the close up of wooden toys on the top and where did you get them.. Please :)

Anonymous said...

Eew. Can I say I am with your partner Charles on that one. I think you are incredible if you are not scared of those things!

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