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Re: Re: Rat


Auralie - what an amazing story!!  

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: 8/10/2004 1:09:23 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rat

> In a message dated 08/10/2004 5:05:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> mtalt@hort.net writes:
> Once upon a time, I raised 2 field mice from blind babies to
> adult-hood, when I released them.  Enchanting little critters - cute
> as the dickens; I can still see those pink eraser rubber noses and
> bright shoe-button eyes; was very traumatic to release them, but they
> do not make good pets and I had 5 cats at that time.
> 
> 
> Marge, there was a time when my youngest son brought home a pair of mice
> at the end of the school year.  I had absolutely stated that he could not do 
> that
> since we had a cat and a dog at that time, but he said he had "won them in an
> egg-throwing contest."  Participants in this contest had tossed uncooked eggs
> back and forth, taking a step backward after each toss.  The last person to
> catch the egg without breaking it was the winner.  This was what they did in
> second grade!  Anyway, the only place we had to keep the mice was in an
> old empty birdcage which worked for the adults but when the inevitable babies
> arrived it no longer worked.  To make a long story short, we eventually sold
> about a dozen of them to a pet store for ten cents apiece (the proprietor was 
> a 
> friend and didn't tell our son that they would be used as food for the boas.)
> However, one of the babies had escaped and we were unable to catch it.  This
> mouse, which my son dubbed AJ (Foyt) would appear at intervals anywhere
> in the house.  We knew he ate from plates in the dishwasher.  Both the dog
> and the cat knew he was there, and both ignored him.  This situation went
> on for quite some time. We were fairly certain that there was only one since
> the population did not seem to increase.  Then, one night I had a very vivid
> dream that the mouse was calling me, begging for help.  When I got up the
> next morning, the corpse lay outside my bedroom door.  I have no idea why
> the cat finally decided to put an end to the situation, or what prompted my 
> dream.  One of life's little mysteries.
> Auralie
> 
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