You’ll recall the poisonous toad story from two-weeks ago (here).
This past weekend, we were out back for the before-bed-potty-break, standing in the glow of the motion light set up on one side of the backyard. Jake was sniffing and peeing and then I saw it, ANOTHER LARGE TOAD WITH POISON SPRAYERS.
Just as I saw it, Jake saw it. And the bleeping motion light went off. I scooped Jake up before the light could even register my movement and got him inside. I then went and got ‘the’ shovel. It was dark and raining but for the love all things good, I was not stopping until I found that toad. He was under a tree.
Crisis averted, although not loving my new career as a toad evictor.
This morning, I was having patio repair done (thanks a lot chipmunks) and one of the guys came up to chat with me. At the end of the update of what they were doing he said: “oh, did you want us to leave the dead bunny in the back yard?”.
WHAT THE WHAT?????? Come again?
He said there was a dead buddy, a ‘jugular kill’. I may or may not have passed out. I somehow motioned with my hands the universal signal to ‘remove slashed necked dead bunny from my yard’ and went inside.
Jake did not kill this bunny. I weeded the flower bed where they found it in just yesterday and I was with Jake on all his outings out back after that. Also, it was an adult bunny with a big head. Jake can barely open his mouth and he has tic-tac teeth. He lifts food into his mouth with his tongue (meals take forever!) so so his killing is usually of the sitting on it variety. Unless you have a little head like frogs, birds and baby bunnies, then he will put you in his tiny mouth and suffocate you. And often attempt to swallow you. So… I worried a little about what is using my FENCED IN back yard as a killing ground. After many conversations with me talking in a pitch only dogs can hear it was decided that the bunny was likely attacked outside my yard (probably by a dog) and crawled into my yard to die. Otherwise, the hunter would have eaten his or her trophy.
Poetically, the bunny died in a little garden I made that houses memorial stones for Max and Melvin. So it was a good choice on its part. It’s not getting a burial stone, but it was a good choice.
In relate news, I still don’t enjoy nature.