~ Immanual Kant
The above quote gives me solace and some validation after spending time looking for a humane trap. Seems a rat has arrived in my environment.
Checking local hardware stores of what was available in a humane trap, seems to have provided entertainment for the clerks who were answering my questions.
“Why would you want to trap a rat?” was the response, accompanied by peals of laugher.
My response “perhaps next time, I will be the rat” which usually shuts them up. Although, humans do not come back as an animal, so I have been told. Anyway, it seems to give the clerks something to ponder.
Zen is proving to be living up to his Buddhist name and will only alert me that the rat is back. He does not give chase.
I did find and purchase a humane trap and, with the help of a friend, we had quite the adventure setting it up.
When we returned to my place and took the trap out of the box, we found that the instructions of how to bait or even open the darn thing was inside the closed trap. HUH? We attempted to read the instructions from outside the cage to no avail. Back to the hardware store where the clerk got another laugh.
After learning how to open the trap and retrieve the instructions, we drove back home and the following conversation took place.
“So what are we going to bait it with?”
“Peanut Butter spread on cheese.”
“Oh, are you going to use bread and make a sandwich?” (Smart-ass)
“No, if you hadn’t fed that chunk of bread to Zen, we could have used it to make a sandwich.”
The visual of making a teeny, tiny sandwich for the rat was more than we could handle. We lost it. Maybe we were just tired from having a garage sale, but we about wet our pants from laughing so hard. You probably had to be there to appreciate the situation as much as we did.
We arrived back home and set the trap up with cheddar cheese spread with peanut butter. The rat has not shown up. We suspect that he found a way into the house from the outside and comes inside at it’s leisure.
Talking to my nephew in Idaho about my situation. He asked what I was going to do with it after capture. I replied:" take it up into the forest and the door springs open when you put the cage on it's side."
He replied, “Well rats are pretty smart and it probably will follow your scent back to the house.” Again, another smart-ass quip… but this one is really funny don’t you think?
This episode has provided a bit of relief and a distraction from the grieving I am experiencing for my dear friend Pudge, who passed away recently. Oh, how I wanted to pick up the phone and share this funny episode with her. Perhaps, in some dimension, she has enjoyed what took place. Or, what if, she returned and could be the rat bringing comedy relief? Nah.