I will try to keep this short and sweet as there are no photos to go with the telling.
For a few days I had noticed what looked like mouse droppings around the house. Now, this is a mystery because we have 3 cats...in the house....and a big dog, but she never has caught a mouse. So, I couldn't figure it out. Maybe it wasn't what it looked like. Maybe the cats or Mercy were bringing something in on their fur...seed pod things????
About 3 days ago I came home to find many of the things from the mantle no longer where they belonged. Some knocked off and others merely relocated. This wasn't as big a mystery because the cats have been known to perch up there from time to time. I gave Skippy Jo Lohr some grief and cleaned up the mess.
Today, each time I went into the kitchen, Skippy Jo Lohr was sitting on the chair and staring at the microwave. Probably a moth or something, right?
Finally, my brain begins to make some connections and I tell my husband 2 things:
1. I think the mystery mouse is behind the microwave.
2. I'm going to the bathroom now.
He says not so fast and begins to move things. The first clue is a half nibble dog treat. As he moves the microwave a bit more I see a bigish furry body and think, RAT! I run and put Skippy Jo Lohr in the bathroom and Mercy outside. I open the screen in the kitchen window and he opens the kitchen door. I come with a towel. He moves the microwave a bit more and the big scary rat turns into a cute tiny squirrel. One of the squirrels that run back and forth in front of the house on the telephone/electric wires. I get into position with my towel and almost get him when he jumps into the dog treat jar, but I wasn't fast enough. He runs into the living room with me trailing him like a goofy squirrel fighting matador! You don't realize how many places there are to get behind until a tiny squirrel tries them all. Finally, he turns around and dashes back to the kitchen and out the open door!
Mystery solved. But, ummmm, how did this most agile of creatures get into the house to begin with?
And Skippy Jo Lohr has quit staring at the microwave.