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RE: Rat

Great story!  When the kids were small, we had a gerbil named "fuzz ball"
because he looked like a little dust mop.  Those things are escape artists
and sure enough, he got loose.  We looked everywhere and no Fuzz Ball.  Then
when the house got very quiet, we heard an itsy bitsy sneeze.  Then another
and another.  We followed those sneezes and sure enough, found Fuzz Ball
under the water heater.  It seems our furred little friend had a dust
allergy!  Every time he got loose from then on, we'd all be very quiet and
listen for the sneezes.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Marge Talt
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 2:42 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rat

What a story, Auralie...esp. the dream about the mouse crying for
help - certainly one of the mysteries of life.  

Since I had all those cats, I kept the cage with my babies in our
bathroom - which was not really finished at the time; no baseboard,
so a mouse could easily have gotten into the walls.  Well, one day,
while I was cleaning the cage, one of the babies got loose.  I chased
that little sucker around that bathroom until we were both dizzy when
suddenly it disappeared - fwoosh!  I searched and searched but was
sure it had gotten into the wall and would come out somewhere in the
rest of the house and get caught.  I was pretty upset, I can tell

Much later, my DH went for his bath and guess what he found in the
tub?  Seems that there was towel draped over the side of the tub and
that mouse whooshed under it and climbed into the tub and because of
the slippery sides, couldn't get back out.  I was able to recapture
it and calm down:-)

Since you're fond of rodentos, do you know about House Mouse Designs?

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Marge, there was a time when my youngest son brought home a pair of
> 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
> 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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