Monday, April 12, 2010

Mouse Relocation Program and I Feel Better

WARNING! The first part of this blog contains photos of actual mice, so if you are squeamish about that sort of thing, best to scroll on down quickly.

Alert readers will recall that every winter we get mice in our attic. Rather than kill them, I prefer to use a mouse relocation program to offer them a new life in a more appropriate setting.

Recently we captured mouses number five and six. They were much smaller than our previous residents, which means that this should be the last of them.

Here they are waiting to board the mastiff mobile to go to their new home.

PeeWee supervised the transport.

Doesn't this look lovely? Momma tries to choose a place where there are no human houses for the mice to move in to since they might not be welcome. And also someplace with lots of potential mouse habitats where they can make new friends. This is a pretty lake located west of 495 in a town called Grafton.

Mouse number 5 out of his crate and ready to move on.

And mouse number six! Gosh! He totally ignored that nommy peanut butter cracker there. I guess he came back for it later.

You can watch the exciting mouse relocation movie here.

OK, no more mouse pictures now.

I have enjoyed a full recovery from my gas attack a few days ago. I insisted that lazy DOH restock our cupboards with the usual fruits, veggies, and yogurt which have been absent from my foodables for two weeks and possibly the source of my woes.

Momma, on the other hand, is still feeling the pangs of missing so much sleep. Well, we did stay up late on Friday night watching Up which was a totally awesome movie.

And then Saturday night she was out until midnight to take Grandma and Grandpa to see this play.

Now momma is a big fan of live theatre, but going into Boston is just too much of a pain. It costs lots of dollars to get a ticket and then there is parking and traffic and oh ick. So when Grandma and Grandpa said that their favorite waiter at their favorite restaurant was in a local show, she thought she would go.

Community theatre can be a dicey proposition but this show was great. The waiter dude played Cosmo and he was a very good dancer. In fact they were all most excellent singers and dancers and there was a live orchestra and it even rained on the stage, so she might try some more local productions.

They have two more shows on April 16th and 17th, so if any of my Master Chew Sits pals are looking for something to do, get to the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord and see this play. Tickets are only $20 ($15 if you are ancient).

Now, back to me...

As you can see, I am still most handsome. I have a little shaved spot over my heart where they did the ultrasound and also on my leggie, but other than that you would never know I was sick.

In fact here is a brief movie of me doing a most large and speedy recall.

Fit as a fiddle and ready for love!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


Marjie said...

Mango, you are one lucky dude that your Momma was so attentive. You are looking as spiffy as ever, and no one would ever know you had the "old people tests" for heart and suchlike, as my momma recently did. We are glad to hear of your speedy recovery! As for the mice, well, my momma is not the kindly mouse relocator type, so Daddy-o long ago stuccoed all the miniscule holes where mice could enter, and last summer my brothers put up a storm door on the basement. No critters this winter!


Aniemother said...

We love your mouse relocation programme! And nice recall there, Mango!


Sam and Pippen said...

Mouses in your house? wow! and your mom has a relocation program, that's very cool! If there ever was a mouse in our house we suspect our kitty brother, Chico would have is own relocation program - to his tummy!

Glad to see you are once again right as rain!

Sam and Pippen

JD and Max said...

Great mouse relocation scheme you have there Mango, lucky micies! Glad you're feeling better - that was some smooth and FAST recall moves you showed! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Anonymous said...

That was a Most Impressive recall, Mango! I'm so very much glad you're feeling all better and are as handsome as usual!

The mices were very much cute. I think I told you that we also have a mice relocaton program, which Brudder Ranger thinks is Most Ridiculous since he's a rat terrier and all.

I'm glad your momma liked the show. My mom says it's hard for a community theater to make it rain on stage like that so she's glad it was good.

Wiggles & Wags,

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Mango Man! That certainly is one handsome photo of woo! Pitter patter goes my little heart....

Mom likes woo mouse relocation program, she has done the same fur some baby rats she found, even though they were rats... much better if I took care of them don't woo think?
-Kira The BeaWoootiful

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are sure glad those mices have a nice new home.. Sure glad you didn't run into any friends while you were transporting them..
Mango you are back to your blazing speed we can tell..
That play does sound really nice but Mom did get to spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

brooke said...

Mouse relocation! That's great! They were actually kind of cute... for mice.

Mango... glad to hear youre feeling better!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What? The mousies get to ride shotgun instead of you, Dexter? This is certainly not fair! Mom says she hopes that Grafton is MILES and MILES away from the Mango estate! Our mom is not a mousie lover at all!
We are so glad you're feeling much, much better, Mango!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Frankie Furter said...

SIX mices... holy cow!!! well, they are gone ... along with your WIND. Glad that you are doing better. I sent you a card today. Should arrive in about 87 days.

The OP Pack said...

Mom so wishes she could get Phantom to eat yogurt. Ciara gets some plain yogurt every day and she loves it. But Phantom only wants the sweet stuff, like strawberry and peach, too much sugar. We are so glad you are feeling better.

Your Mom was very kind to those mice - they sure got a great new place to live.

Great recall, Mango, did Mom reward you with something really tasty?

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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

Are they are the proper side of the forcefield?

It looks your The DOH was too a good a hostess fur them - they didn't want to leave!

How GREAT to see woo are fit as fiddle and soooo ready fur LOVE!

Thanks fur sharing the theatre tips too!


houndstooth said...

We are glad to hear that you're feeling better, Mango! You're looking as handsome as ever!

As for those mouses -- my dad is most terrified of them. He has sworn that if there is ever one in our house that we are packing up and moving out immediately. Mom says that when they first got married he once screamed like a girl and dropped a love seat on Mom when he saw what turned out to be a cat toy mouse. I think it's nice that you let them go!


Eric said...

Hi Mango! What the hecks been going on..I'n not around for a few days and you aren't well and the invasion of mices??.I'm relieved you're ok pal. Nice recall btw.Paws crossed the mices didn't learn how to do it too.

Wirey love Eric xxx

Busby and Raymond said...

Mango, we are glad your gas is in the past, because gas is a pain in the a**. (just a little poem for you)

We watched the video, those mice didn't seem to be in a hurry to leave the live traps. It's cool that your humans relocate them instead of, well, your know.


Asta said...

It's gweat to see youw most lawge and handsome self looking so vewy fit!!!
Youw Moma is pawsome ..those mices will have happy lives by that lake and she cewtainly desewved to have a gweat time at the theatwe..sounds tewwific..we think she should go to all the pwoductions
smoochie kisses

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Your Mommy is great to help those mice find new homes. I think I would have barked and played with them(if Mommy had let me near them). Mommy loves going to plays, and she is so glad that your Mommy got to go and see such a fun sounding play. I am so glad you are feeling well, and doing well.
Your friend,
Sally Ann

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, my ears are still ringing from Hsin-Yi squealing over how cute the mice are...she loves rodents and would love to have some as pets. She would kept those if they were found in our house, for sure!! :-)

Good to hear that you're back to normal, Mango! That's a gorgeous photo of you under the flowering tree!

Honey the Great Dane

tula said...

wowzer mango where's the supahlongalicious leash attached to your bigself on the recall?!! wonder if this is all in preparation for tomorrow's grad school tryouts. maybe do a little song & dance -- to singing in the rain! mwaahahha!

tell those mice, if they don't want the pb on a crackah.. i eat it.

just sayin

Martine said...

That's a great mouse relocation project your mom has started!

Glad to hear you are feeling better, stay away from foodies that make you gassy Mango!!!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Daisy Dog said...

We are glad you are feeling much better Mango! We know you were in good hands at Tufts! Good thing your mom is relocating mousies not moosies.

Pepper said...

Super glad to here you're feeling all better, there must be nothing worse than a Mango in distress. Hehe your Mom relocates mice the way Emily relocates bunnies over in our country (which is kept very hush hush because bunnies are normally for shooting where Emily comes from and she would get big time growled at for helping to plot their escapes!)

Lola said...

The mouse relocation program is very humane. Our cats might disapprove, but I think it's fine as long as you leave the squirrels around for chasing.

I'm especially glad to see that you're back to your relentlessly handsome and robust self. You look wonderful there.

wags, Lola

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


' have a shaved spot over your heart section? I didn't know you had a heart Mango..sorta like the Grinch...the way you insult my tiny firm posterior...

As for those mice...those were RATS, DUDE...biggest mice we've ever seen...and what hooooooooge crackers you had..each one musta used a whole jar of peanut butter.

Um...if those mice had been on our window sill?

HAHAHAHA...they wouldn't have been for long...



kissa-bull said...

oh that ish just so furry nice of you guys to relocate the mickey mouses
we dont have any in our house but we'd bed our next meal our mommish weould'nt have the heart to kill em eighter
gweat job
pibble sugars
the pittie pack

Benny and Lily said...

Your mom is a good egg..
Benny & Lily

Pibble said...

Mango, you ARE most handsome! I'm so glad you're feeling better.

Tell me, do your mice get new names along with their relocation? And, are they allowed to visit at all, or do they have to totally forget about their past?

the collective said...

good job to see you are back being the main man!!

Wild Dingo said...

PHEW! FIT as a FIDDLE! and HOT TO TROT! Mango Man! Oh Yeah!

Gas Attacks suck. oh yeah.

that mouse relocation program is really awesome. though i do not think Juno would be as thoughtful. She recently relocated a mole from his underground home to her her porch. The mole was, um, shocked, unfortunately and met with an untimely unfortunate end. None-the-less, Juno excells at her relocation program to the detriment of our landscaping and mole homes.

they were cute, gray and beige! It is very kind of you to find them community housing.

doyle and mollie said...

oops that last comment was from us!! loves and licks

Dory and the Mama said...

What a enthusiastic come that was Mango!!

I think it is very admirable that your Mama relocates the mouses in your house. I think my Mama would most likely do the same thing.


the booker man said...

hmmm, i have not met a mouse yet, but i have to say those mouses were pretty cute. i'm happy that you relocated them.
glad you're back in action and makin' the ladies swoon, mr. mango!!
the booker man

The Army of Four said...

We're so glad you're feeling better! And the meeses are actually kinda cute!

ScrapsofMe said...

Next time you get extra mousies, you can relocate them to our house, they make most excellent terrier snackies. Especially if you shake em up a bit first. Tastes like chicken on a string!

I'm glad yer not so gassie now, that could be a level 1 threat for the surrounding 3 or 4 states!



Ms. ~K said...

We love to see that spring in your step Mango!
Our Dad has successfully relocated 35 squirrels...he also relocates rattlesnakes and copperheads, which makes us nervous! Don't tell him where your Momma has taken all the mouses...
Licks and sniffs to you and Dexter,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Sam said...

That's really sweet of your mom to relocate the mice instead of kill them. Little acts of kindness like that say a lot about a person.

Schwang said...

It's good to see you're feeling better. Your Mom is quite nice to do the mouse relocation program. Ever since I realized the rats in Chicago are the size of footballs, I won't have anything to do with rodents. I like the photo of you by the flowers.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
Wow! Your mouse relocation program is pawesome! Those are lucky ones!
I love your speedy video!
Kisses and hugs

cookie said...

We are so glad you are feeling better. It's hard to relocate mice when not feeling good.
Good job by the way.

Cookie and crew

Wyatt said...

Hi Mango-

Very nice to meet you! You are the biggest dog I know!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay yore mice ar verry kyoot!!! hav yoo konsiderd keeping them as pets in an akwaryum??? only withowt the water of korse ha ha!!! i am glad yoo ar feeling better!!! ok bye

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh sooooooooo glad to read the catch up post, and to know you are feeling better.

love and healing licks,

Marvin xxxxx

monica said...

Mice... we had those some years ago, and also thought we'd catch them alive, let them out, etc, - but then they just kept coming back! should've found your lake instead of our own backyard, probably.. Once - and this is an horrific story - one mouse was caught alive and then put into a bucket of water, and it swam and swam and swam... until it didn't swim anymore.... so cruel - first and last time for that!!!! Good for you Mango, getting your first shave... at the age of , what, 35 ? if you were human?

Ina in Alaska said...

Those little mouse houses are adorable as were the little mice babies. You are so kind to relocate them. I loved the movie UP too! Very sweet, tender, enjoyable story.

We are very happy Mango has made a good recovery, now Mango Momma can get some sleep...zzzz

Mr Koda MD said...

Hey Mango, Peewee and Mouses

Glad the mousies were set free somewhere they cannot invade quickly again!

Good to hear your looking good and gas free for now!

UP is my mums favourite cartoon movie of all time!!!!!!! Isn't it cool!


The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

We are relieved to hear you are feeling better and that your mouse relocation project was successful. We still believe that if your Mom were to add a terrier to your pack, that your mouse problem would be gone.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Mack said...

Those mice are SO lucky to have come visited your momma's house!
Very rarely do we get Peanut butter here, I guess because Paris' butt is getting so big...

I bet PeeWee was chomping at the bit to chase one of the little critters!

We are so glad you are feeling better. Gas can be a real buggar sometimes.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

we were happy you practiced the mouse relocation program! the cute little mice seemed hesitant to relocate to West of 495! i think they enjoyed life in their see-through green condominiums. they seemed quite at home in there, eating and taking life easy. hope life treats them well west of 495!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

ps--Mango--it's Guinness. that little calf didn't make it. he was just so small and frail and weak. it is really sad, i know. dad brought him to our house on the back porch to keep him warm. i sat right beside him the entire night and kept him warm. i wouldn't come inside, i wouldn't leave his side. but he died in the night and i barked and barked until i woke mom and dad up and they came down and took the little calf away. sob. from Guinness

elbouwii said...

dude glad your better know
your are full of speed and gass welcome back man

El'bow & Hauwii

Tucker said...

Do you need to borrow my kitty sister Ellie? She keeps away the mice. I can ship her by Fed EX and she can be there by Thursday.

woof - Tucker


Hi Mango,

Yes, you are fit as a fiddle! Hey, I answered your question in my column so come by and read it o.k.?

Star and Riley.

Dozer and Coop said...

So you were farty, that was the problem? Yeah, eat those veggies big guy and let'ter rip!

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Kari in WeHo said...

isn't up an amazing movie? It makes me smile. the dog is so much like Mesa :)

Mack and Mia said...

OH NO Mango! Our SLOW momma just read this bloggy post and the last one. She is most upset she missed it and says she is very sorry. We are all here hoping for a speddy recovery. Liten Dude, don't worry about the shaved spots. It's just fur. It'll grow back before you know it! Mia says you are still looking really studly and stuff.

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Sue said...

Our Mom and Dad do mouse relocation, too. We're glad to see they aren't the only ones who take mousies for car rides. They do not stop to buy them ice cream, that's just for us.

Mom loves theater and she's lucky that the local group is very good. She always comes home humming and in a good mood.

We're so glad to hear that you're feeling well and as handsome as ever.

ocmist said...

Grammy says your Mom is just to kind... Mouse relocation... She says she is as bad as she was several years ago. Now we are usually at war with the mice, but one day Grammy came out and found that a little mouse had fallen into our dog water bowl and been trying for a long time to get out. It's little ears where hanging down like Fivel and it was just barely crawling up before slipping back down. She ended up rescuing it, blow drying it, and feeding it something and then she took it out and let it go. (She still shakes her head when she thinks about it!) Now, we have mouse ladders and squirrel ladders in all the dog & horse waterers!

We are just so thankful that your Mom took you to the vet so quickly and that you are doing so well again, too!

Grammy says that some of those Community Theater places are really great, and she's enjoyed going a lot! The CCC