In The Dog House

5 Nov

Sparta Puss is in the dog house. She ran in yesterday evening with a live rat. And let it loose in the house. Not big and not funny. Husb dealt with it. If I didn’t have Husb, I’d have to get a Jack Russell because Sparta Puss does this often. She’s curfewed from evening to morning and has been for years and that cut down the rat incidents a lot but she still manages to get the occasional one that ventures out when it’s still light. The little paintings above are part of a very large painting I did earlier this year from screen shots of our family Zoom quizzes throughout the pandemic lockdown. The animals, Smudge, Sparta Puss and Daisy, liked to sit in as well.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

12 Responses to “In The Dog House”

  1. paperstew November 12, 2021 at 21:07 #

    Fiona and Pippin both give their approval to Sparta. They think she’s the best! Of course, they are not allowed out so have to watch birds through the window and play with stupid toys on sticks.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 14, 2021 at 19:31 #

      Sparta says, “Thanks for the adulation Fiona and Pippin. Your hoomins need to be taught a lesson – toys on stick indeed!!!!”

  2. Lois November 6, 2021 at 16:17 #

    We found an extremely dead and very flat rat upside down in the middle of the lawn. The dog just stared at it from a distance with a ‘yeugh’ look on his face. We reckon a seagull dropped it – brave husband put it in the bin!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 6, 2021 at 21:55 #

      I wouldn’t be surprised if a seagull dropped it. I’ve seen a fight between a rat and a seagull over a pasty on the road outside my house. The Toyota Yaris won! Killed them both.

      • Lois November 6, 2021 at 22:51 #

        That sounds like a modern day AEsop’s fable!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 7, 2021 at 17:16 #

      Husb took a photo – they’re arranged beautifully on the tarmac, the piece of pasty still in the seagull’s beak. It’s a striking but tragic image

      • Lois November 7, 2021 at 21:37 #

        Sorry but I had to laugh out loud… it was the pasty that caused it – my laughter and the fight to the death!

      • Rosie Scribblah November 8, 2021 at 18:47 #

        The seagulls around here are thugs. There’s two of them hunting as a pair outside the local Burger King. They love chicken nuggets. One swoops down and knocks the nuggets from the hapless customer’s hand and the other is waiting on the pavement to scoop some up and fly to the roof with them. Then they share them. Proper little gang of outlaws.

  3. Alli Farkas November 6, 2021 at 15:00 #

    This brought back memories of a few decades ago when one of my cats leaped into an open cabinet and emerged 5 seconds later with a rat. He then noticed it had stopped struggling so he dropped it on the kitchen floor whereupon it promptly ran away. No thanks to dimwitted Mr. Pussycat I got the rat in a trap a couple of days later.

  4. Leonie Andrews November 5, 2021 at 22:47 #

    If only you silly hoomins would learn to kill your own rats I wouldn’t have to bring them to you!

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