Sorry you haven’t heard from me for a while. I have been very busy because something terrible happened: there is a mouse living in our kitchen! I find this outrageous. What is he thinking? It is my house and I did not invite him to come living with us!
The trouble is, and I am a bit ashamed to admit this, that despite my efforts I have not yet solved this problem. The mouse is very clever and super fast. I tried to catch it when he ran through our kitchen, but he is so tiny and fast that I missed him. I tried to impress him by growling, but he did not leave. He has a most annoying lurking-place, behind the fridge. This is where he hangs out:
You can not see him, but I smell him all right. Men, he stinks! The stench is terrible, an offense to my sensitive nose.
So far he is there alone, I do hope he will not invite all his relatives. On the other hand: if there are more of them, changes become bigger that I will catch one of them. That will scare them so much that they will all leave, no doubt.
Anyway: I have work to do. I have to train my velocity. And ask some advice from my friend Juna, who is a mouse catcher. Maybe I can even ask Habiba, the cat next door. She is a cat and therefore not to be trusted, but she is kind of cool, for a cat. Cats know how to catch mice, at least that is what they brag about all the time. Maybe she will give me some sound advice what to do.
Did you know dogs catch mice, too? Actually, we are much better at it than cats are. Well, some of us are. My friend Juna, for instance. She even made an instruction video on this subject. Most important is you have to be very fast in locating the mouse, digging it out of it’s hole and eating it (that is not in the video, alas).
Juna is a podenco style dog, she was born on the Canary Islands and travelled to Holland. So like me, she is a foreign dog. Some dogs say we are refugees, but we rather think of ourselves as expats. Because we weren’t smuggled here in a scary boat, oh no! We were flown to Holland by airplane and caring people were there to assist us. In Holland our lodgings and food and everything was arranged, the way things are arranged for expats.
This is Juna, cooling off in the water of the canal (mouse catching can make you very hot):
Juna is very quick and she likes to hunt. Unfortunately her humans only let her run off leash at the canal, where there are just mice to catch. When she is walking in the dunes and the forest, she is always on leash. Because her humans say that when she sees a rabbit she is off chasing it and won’t listen to them anymore.
I hear this argument often from humans when their dogs don’t come when they are called. I think it is time to set this right. Because, you know: it is a misunderstanding. When a human is good to his dog, the dog will always return. Only sometimes it will take a little longer than the human wants! I’ve met dogs that return to their humans after half an hour, some after three days. But they always return. It would be nice if humans had more faith in us….