Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The great mouse rescue!

We had some fun excitement during this past Labor Day weekend while visiting some friends out in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  We always take our dog, who is friends with our friends' dog, and they love lounging with us in the shade by the pool.  They were delighted when they spotted a tiny little field mouse huddled beneath the umbrella stand, and there was stand-off for a while as they stared at each other.  My children and their friends were delighted, too, and got out the camera to try to take a picture.  But unfortunately it was too dark under the umbrella stand to make out any of the images they shot.

Finally the poor little critter couldn't take it any longer and made a run for it.  The dogs went bounding after it, thrilled with this exciting development in an otherwise dull morning.  The mouse was fast but misjudged the distance it would have to go, and when one of the dogs was suddenly there, blocking the intended escape route, the mouse fell into the pool.

Its tiny front paws were a blur as it paddled frantically along the edge of the pool, the dogs barking and bounding alongside.  The girls were trying to grab the dogs and didn't know what to do about the mouse, and we were all worried that it would get sucked into the filter basket as it swam closer and closer to it.  Luckily there was a purple styrofoam noodle float nearby, and the rough texture offered the perfect surface for little mouse claws to cling to.  My youngest daughter snapped a few photos of our little survivor, and then we let it go in the brush on the other side of the pool fence.  The dogs, clueless, continued poking and sniffing around every possible mouse hiding place around that pool for the rest of the day.

I love this final photo!  Doesn't it look like a manga mouse?  I wonder if any of its friends believed it when it got back home and said, "You'll never believe what happened to me today..."


  1. Poor little mouse! Pretty little mouse, too. Those are some great shots though. Must be hard being a tiny creature when everything around you is so big and scary.

  2. Oh, I love this story. Poor little mouse. I'm so glad it turned out okay.

  3. I have an irrational fear of mice, but that one's pretty cute. I can't believe it held still long enough for you to take a photo!

  4. Cute! I was picturing the dogs still looking for it. I have three cats, and one time we had a mouse in our house and I swear it took them a good couple weeks to forget about it and quit looking for more!

  5. You guys are too funny and so kind hearted, I hate mice, I would have let the dog or the swimming pool take down that rodent : )

  6. I love your mouse story--I had a cat and mouse episode in my home years ago that had an unhappy ending, at least for the mouse. So I'm glad your mouse got rescued!

  7. Cat - my 9-year-old took all those photos! Yes, the poor things was so scared. I kept thinking of Despereaux. :-)

    Carolyn - Thanks! It was a little worrisome there for a moment, particularly with the kids watching it all, but thank goodness it turned out well.

    Heidenkind - I doubt this one would have frightened you much. It was so tiny! I think the poor little thing was in shock at first. The moment I set the noodle down on the other side of the fence, though, it scampered off.

    Rachel - Yes, we were laughing at the dogs for the rest of the day - they just couldn't figure it out, silly things. I bet our dog will be snooping around that umbrella stand the next time we visit, hoping for more fun. :-)

    VA Gal - Girl, you are cold! Such a sweet little manga mouse - how could you?! :p

    Middleschoolbookreviews - Unfortunately we had a sad incident (that will no doubt thrill VA Gal, cold-hearted as she is, lol) a few weeks ago that involved our cat and a sweet little baby mouse. Luckily my husband was able to tidy up the crime scene early in the morning before our kids came downstairs. That would have been bad!


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