Saturday, April 17, 2010
And thank goodness for that!
Because when I opened the door, Oskar sprang outside and immediately slammed the brakes and looked intently to his left -- at the snake holding a toad in the grass. Yup. I pushed Ulani back in the house and stepped out myself. Oskar demonstrated some curiosity, but also a strong portion of self control. I did not worry about what he would do.
My snow shovel is still outside the back door (hey, it's only mid-April here, there's a good chance we'll get another snowfall!). I took it and started nudging the snake, just enough to irritate him, and sure enough he opened his mouth and turned his head towards the shovel allowing the toad to hop a few feet away. The toad's left arm was pretty bloody, but it seemed to work and after taking a moment, he hopped under the gate and onto the driveway. I turned back to the snake and nudged him again, and he slithered into the untrimmed grass around a downspout, disappearing.