Friday, March 5, 2010

Dexter's Mouse Relocation Program

Dexter here! Before I get started with today's topic, I want to introduce you to my two new pals, Mack and Mia.

They are labradogs just like me (only in different colors) and brand new to blogging. It is always nice to meet other doggies who are like ME instead of you know who. Give them a shout out to let them know we're all here.

We have mice living in our attic. Now I am as much a humanitarian as any doggie, but when their nightly parties get so loud that I can't sleep, something has to be done!

I advised Momma to put out the mouse traps immediately....

And soon I thought I heard the party come to a sudden stop.

Hurry up! Let's go see what happened!

Momma had opened the trap door to the eaves where it sounded like the big event was underway.

Oh yes, I think I smell a wee beastie in there.

Sure enough, a little mouse had fallen for the old peanut butter cracker trick again (not too bright, those mice).

OK, ready for transport.

What? You thought I would use one of those mouse head squish traps? No way! I am not an animal (er, well, OK, but not THAT kind of animal).

Time to liberate the pesky night party rodent, but first a dumb sit stay while Momma opens the door. Sheesh, what a pain.

I suggested we take the trap all the way to the back of the yard so the mouse could exit into the woods and join the other mice and chipmunks and what not that live back there.

Now sometimes these mice in my relocation program are reluctant to leave the peanut butter trap and start their new life.

But this one took off so fast we didn't even get a photo. I suspect that when the shadow of the RH fell over it, the poor thing freaked and fled for the hills.

Bye, little mouse. Please find a good home and do not go telling your pals that you know where there is a nice warm place to live. I have to get some sleep, you know.

Dexter done!


Stella said...

Terrific, Peewee! How many more do you think there are to catch? Are you really gonna let them all go loose? They will tell their relatives about your nice warm house and bingo, they are all back!

Have fun playin' mousie, Peewee!


Frankie Furter said...

Aw yes, the semi annual (Spring) rodent relocation program. Did you tag it so that you can tell if it is a repeat offender???

The OP Pack said...

Have you told Jake and Just Harry about this - maybe that is what was causing somepup to awaken the household at night?

Glad you caught one, now you know there have to be many more. Good luck.

Woos and happy weekend - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Frankie Furter said...

Hi PeeWee. Frankie's mom here. He mentioned your situation to me. Please ask your mom if she has ever heard of Riddex??? I have used them for 13 + years. When I first found them they were $50.00. You can now get them for $14.99 from Miles Kimball.
They work on mice and squirrels AND... spiders and insects. Seriously!! I have tried the same "type" of things from all sorts of different brands... ONLY this Riddex thing will work.

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Good job Dexter! This kind of program requires the serious supervision that only you can give.

Twinkietinydog said...

In this post Mango reminds me of Hans Christian Andersen's Gentle Giant, or better yet, this one's much better: Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (Lennie). Hmm, if Mango is Lennie, that would make Dexter George! BOL Very fitting, my furiends. Lucky country mouse! Great job on all levels.

houndstooth said...

Yikes! Mom said that when she was in high school they used Tin Cat traps, which is like a big metal version of your little house, and she used to always hope they got away. One spring, they were cleaning the barn and Grandpaw told her to get the trap out of the boat so they could dump the stale feed into the bonfire. As she carried it back, the lid fell open and a live mouse ran up the front of her coat and kept coming as she tried and tried to brush it off. She says she has less sympathy for the little devils now!


Niamh said...

Good job on catching the little mousie, But we bet he will be back since you have such a nice estate.

Your friends,
NIamh & Ambrose

Kari in WeHo said...

darn those mice and their bothering your sleep!

Anonymous said...

Good job, Dexter. You are quite the humanitarian...or is it dogitarian? Either way, you are Most Kind to mices. We have caught three in our garage that way. It's kind of funny cuz my dad hunts but he won't kill mices. He says it's not "sporting."

My Brudder Ranger doesn't feel the same way. He has killed several mice unfortunate enough to venture into our backyard. But he IS a Rat Terrierist, you know. It's what they do.

Wiggles & Wags,

Jenny said...

You need to get a kitty! :)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Purrrrhaps I khould arrange fur a transport of Butterskhotch and BroFur!

They khould provide some assistance!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Life With Dogs said...

Very kind of you! We haven't had mice here, but did at our last place and I'd let them go by a field behind the elementary school. What a bunch of softies we are.
Of course, I'm sure the dogs would have loved a taste...

ScrapsofMe said...

What's with this relocation program? Don't you know they taste like chicken when you dip em in Ranch dressing? Hold em by the handles and dip em in dressing. Nummy num! When yer lucky enough to get em in a green to go box, it's like pizza delivery!



kissa-bull said...

dear dexter you are most kind to those mice we lkes to think we are humanitarians as well but the coco queen of the univrse likes to kill them and set them on top of mommish's bed to "show em off "
lets just say mommish is NOT amused
but we find it quite entertaining to watch
pibble sugars and wee wags
the houston pittie pack

Martine said...

How good of you to be so kind to the mice!! Besides the chimney animal incidents... my parents also had little animals living in their attic a few year ago.... they hired a trapper! He was an odd guy, who drove a funny truck and had all sorts of gadgets. He came over one day and put a bunch of safe traps in the attic, he came back the next day and took away the rodents. He then releases them in a more appropriate setting, since my parents don't live in the country. You are luck your mom is so talented in rodent control!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

They probably all came from my house! (Well, most of them. I think a core contingent has stayed here to start the spring party season...) Mr. Bufus was a mouser (sort of, despite having no teeth - we think he sat on them!), but he retired a couple of years ago, and none of the rest of us have taken it up, so Mom just freaks out every once in a while when she comes into the kitchen at 2am and things scurry away. (You'd think Mom would learn to not interrupt Mouse Parties, but that's another story...).

Good luck eradicating the beasties!

*kissey face*

Inky and Molly said...

We've also had mousies move in. I love the chase.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Dex! You scared us with your title. We thoughts you and Mango were movin'. And then the mouse trap thing... Oh my Pug! We're glad your mom uses the nice traps and not the neck snappers.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

The Musketeers said...

Hey pee wee ! Mango let you blog ? BOL. Lucky we do not have any of those tiny mouse in our house, or else, our sister will freak out like how she did when she saw one at the streets. BOL !

Wild Dingo said...

Your momma made you do a SIT STAY whilst holding a rodant? Is she for reals? Sigh. I feel for you guys. Just think. YOu both could have ended up in a home with me, who would let you play with the micey... boooowhahaahaha! (not).

wild dingo

pee ess: when we first moved into our NEWLY built home, we had MICE! holy crap. in a NEW home! turns our our plumbers were not the sharpest knives in the drawers and left all sorts of little holes beneath our house for the cute little buggers to move in. plus, one plumber left all the doors open one day when i left them in the house to work, to go on a ROTE! I came home to all open doors every where! and that was BEFORE we had fencing... we could have had bobcats, coyotoess and mt. lions in there! plumbers only know how to do one thing, and usually not very well!

Mr Koda MD said...

Hey Dexter

I hope they don't tell the crowds, you might have to call in noise control to put a damper on their party!

I'm going to visit these new labradogs!

Your pal, Koda

Maggie and Mitch said...

No doubt he'll be back and most probably with a whole lot of his friends! Good meals are hard to find!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Good job, Dexter but, like many others, we suspect he will be back!

Mack and Mia said...

Hi Dexter

Much thanks for the shout out! I am already meeting some of your pawsome friends and having a blast!

I could have lent you our two cats, Luna and Midnight to help you catch those little rodents. Well...maybe just Midnight...Luna is a little...shhh....Chunky...

labs rule and every-other-doggies DROOL!

ok, ok, not EVERYdoggy...

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

hero said...

Glad that mickey got relocated rather than experiencing the squishy thingy... I think that would be the last of mickey since he got a glimpse of RH.

Licks, hero

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Good job Dexter!
Hope he doesn't come back...

Mack and Mia said...

It's Mack and Mia again. Two comments in one day, WHOOOWEEE, mom must really be getting the hang of this, which is shocking because she can be kind of slow sometimes, you know what I mean?

Anyway, I didn't see you as a follower. Come on Dexter! We Labradudes and dudettes have to stick together!

Wags and woofs,
Mack and Mia

Gus said...

Good Job Dexter Dude!


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Dexter, we used to have mice in our other house and would do just like you - catch them and let them out to go back home. The only problem was that they remembered how to get into our house and they would keep coming back☺

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Good Job!!

But if you had a Scottie (or maybe a MasScot) you would not even see or hear a mouse near your house.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Tenkiller Airedales said...

UHHHHHHHH.....I'm afraid that after my hooman mommy finally stopped "screaming" aka freaking out.... that mousy wouldn't have made it past the trash can!!! She figures that if those nasty, yucky, disease carrying monsters make it into the house once, they'll do it again.... Good JOB guys!!


Blu Loo Loo and the tribe

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Ok...two slices of whole grain bread, one mouse, a little peanut butter...


Did ya send it our way towards PA?

Sorry for our absence...Lacie's been ALL OVER THIS DNA thing and on the puter, phone and everything...

No Mango, I'm thinkin' you don't need to worry your's is gonna be stolen...she's only goin' after foxy wires...sheesch...



Samantha said...

Good job, Dexter! Mouse relocation is a tough job and it looks like you did it with an A-plus! I'm sure the little creature's found a new home and family by now!
Hugs xo

Cinnamon said...

That was great teamwork!

McGillicutty said...

Job well done PeeWee. You and your brother are most entertaining!!!

Oh, and one more thing, me fur mom has lost 1.1 pound since she moved in with us on February 20th!!! She has to be losing weight to keep up with the McGillinator!!!

Stanislaw said...

My mom had a cockatiel once that trained a wild mouse. The bird would whistle and the mouse would come running from under the kitchen stove. Then the little bird would toss it some seeds and treats and watch it feast and run about. The bird LOVED her pet mouse, but that mouse told about 30,000 of its friends about the free bird buffet. Mom was not at all pleased.

So... don't share your kibble with the mousies! It'll make you mom mad!

Benny and Lily said...

Yikes! Yukky a mouse. Mom went to his house, Disneyland. Careful of that lil critter
Benny & Lily
Thank you for introducing your new friends.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Born freeeee, as freeeee as the wind blows .....

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

We drive them to a new neighborhood,if Laura and Josie don't get them first. Mom is afraid they will come back..
your pals, Morgan & Maisie

Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie said...

Oh man, they fall for the peanut butter trick every time. Don't they ever learn?? hehehe! Since the catsies have been living here, only 2 STOOPID mousies have invaded the basement. Guess they finally figured out that they better stay away now, hehehehe!
Hope you get some quiet around there now.
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

Dory and the Mama said...

You should sooooooo get a free trip to Disney for saving one of Mickey's friends!!!


Two Country Poodles said...

Dexter you are such a sweet doggie for setting a humane trap and relocating the little fellow.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Foster Sibling Maggie Mae

Joe Stains said...

do they make those little green housey traps in Tanner size????

just askin...

Sue said...

We use those little mouse boxes, too, but we have one that is too smart to go in the box. We tried the sticky trap, but he leans across to eat the pepperoni and doesn't get stuck. Dad got mad and put down one of the nasty snap traps, but mousie has avoided that while still eating the bait. Smart mouse!

Next step, let Tsar go after him.

achieve1dream said...

Yick. Mice. Shudder. LOL Yet, I like hamsters go figure. I'm glad they made no kill traps. Those old fashioned ones scare me. Afraid I'd lose a finger lol.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Good work with the relocation program Dex. It's nice that you didn't kill the little bugger.Will he come back to your peanut butter filled house again now do you suppose?? My guess is he'll be a repeat offender!
Smooches, BabyRocketDog

I say squish him.Those little critters are meant to be chased and squashed! XX-Hootie

ocmist said...

Good luck, Dexter! Would YOU go live in the woods when there is a nice warm house with food to sneak waiting right there, big as life? I think NOT!

We ARE those kind of animals around here. After all, we are on a constant diet around here and have to get little tidbits of meat wherever we can find them! (Also, whisper, if you hide them outside a day or to and then roll on them, they make the most wonderful perfume!!!) The CCC