|Part 2 |
The next day, Friday, was trash day. John went to work. I turned on the radio and TV, and prepared to spend the day barefooted with my nervous collie, Katie. She hates trash day because garbage trucks scare her. Even when I leave the house on Fridays I turn the radio and TV on to help muffle truck sounds. That morning, to my dismay, the squirrel showed up in the fireplace again. He must have been up on the chimney dampers. At first, Katie was interested in the rustling sounds. But after an hour or two, she started getting scared by the noises. The fact that it was trash day likely didn\'t help.
When Katie gets overly nervous about anything, she starts climbing on furniture, clawing at her dog beds, or rummages through our pile of paper recyclables, all by turns. Getting her to stop any of these activities is next to impossible when she is spooked.
So here I was stuck at home with my infected toe, a sore tooth extraction site, lots of noise, Katie freaking out at everything, and a noisy squirrel who seemed to be doing his best to get out and into our living room. I tapped on the fireguard to get him to be quiet and quit freaking Katie out. It didn\'t work. What could I do? Katie doesn\'t like to be outdoors for long, so that wouldn\'t work. If I left the house, Katie would tear things up in her panic. I couldn\'t really leave the house anyway, unless I left barefoot. I put her in her crate and turned the TV up more. That worked for a while, but then she started clawing at the bed in her crate when the squirrel rattled the fire guard.
After nearly 2 hours of all of this, I started feeling like I was losing it. I began having flashbacks to the days when I had no car and was stuck in the house with a fussing baby and an accident prone toddler who got into everything. I could barely think. I let Katie out of her crate, called John and begged him to PLEASE come home and get the squirrel out immediately.
Home he came, but it took until late Saturday afternoon to successfully evict the squirrel. By the time it was all over, we had turned Katie\'s crate into a squirrel trap, plied him with apple slices and peanut butter, and marveled at the way one cute but scared little animal could hijack our weekend.
At this point, I\'m back at work again, sort of. I\'ve been trying to spend more time at home because being barefoot is still preferable for my healing foot. But on the whole, things are a lot better now. One character who\'d agree with me is the squirrel, who is free at last!
(Here\'s a link back to part 1 of this journal entry)
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