Safe At Home

By Houndstooth

This week, Mr. Taleteller has been gone for a conference and I’ve been home with the dogs.  For the most part, I don’t worry much when he’s gone.  We have a set routine for the dogs and it’s certainly not anything that I can’t handle.  I also think that anyone who tried to break into our house would do so to their detriment.

The Greyhounds are no threat, and my concern there would be for their safety.  Küster looks scary, and he has a very big bark, but the truth is that the only danger he poses is with that wild tail of his.  He might surprise me some day, but he’s not the one I would look to for protection.  Now Morgan, on the other hand, means business when it comes to protecting the home front.  If she sees something suspicious, she sounds the alarm, and Küster joins in just to hear his own voice.  Honestly, I can’t see too many people coming inside just hearing them, so I feel pretty safe here by myself.

Of course, Morgan is still always vigilant.  No kamikaze rabbits were going to make their way near our house on her watch.  No boys on skateboards were missed as they rolled past our house.  When the dogs across the street started barking, Morgan was at the window to assess the threat.  Fortunately, most of these things were minor and Morgan is starting to learn to come to me to let me know when there is suspicious activity outdoors.

The Wind in My Ears

The Wind in My Ears

Tuesday night, however, we had a new experience.  There was an intruder in the house.  At first, it took me by surprise and I didn’t realize what was happening.  You see, it was a lovely night, so I turned off the air conditioning and opened up the house.  I much prefer open windows and fresh air to air conditioning, not that I don’t appreciate the cool air on a hot day, mind you.  We live in a very rural town, so I also had the front door open with the screen door locked.  Bunny and I had actually been enjoying some time out on the front porch earlier in the evening.

After I took the dogs out for their last powder room break of the evening, I closed the front door and put my pajamas on.  I sat down at the computer to do some last minute things while I watched the news and the beginning of The Late Show.  Now, I should back the story up a little bit at this point.  You see, the house next door to us was occupied by a family in town known as The Village Idiots.  When people found out that we lived next to the Hamms, the response was always “Oh, I’m so sorry.”  The moniker fit them in more ways than one.

The house was foreclosed in December and left, literally, standing open.  We went over almost every day for a month to close the door that would blow open and I have been having nightmares about the condition of that house and what’s been living in there ever since.  The house was recently purchased and there has been a lot of work being done on the house.  The work on the house meant that we had the first two mice in our house that we’ve ever had since we’ve lived here in thirteen years last weekend.  Mr. Taleteller was beside himself, but traps were set and mice were dispatched, and the traps are still waiting with no more action, and no more signs of a mice in the house.

Pretty  -- Tales and Tails

Pretty Morgan

You can imagine my dismay when I saw Morgan get VERY interested in something over by the door I’d recently closed as I sat in my chair with no escape route.  I’m not afraid of mice, per se, but I don’t like them jumping up and surprising me, either.  Really, I am still recovering from stepping on the snake last week at SAR training, too, so I didn’t need any more rude surprises.  Morgan’s body language told me that she was definitely on to something and that whatever it was, it was very interesting.

Me:  Mo, what do have over there?

Morgan:  Quiet!  I’ve isolated the threat!

Me:  Please tell me it’s not a mouse.

Morgan:  Threat is about to be neutralized!  Homeland Security on standby!

Me:  What the — ?

And that’s when Morgan began to make her move.  She picked it up in her mouth and then dropped it to the floor.  It was — a spider!  A small, wiggly black spider who had become very disoriented.  Now, I had visions of Morgan’s tongue swelling up from a spider bite while I was home alone with her, with no crate to drive her to the emergency vet in my car, but it turns out that she slimed the spider in short order and then left it on the carpet.

Morgan did what she had to do, and we all slept safe and sound while Mr. Taleteller was gone.  The spider threat was neutralized and no one suffered any ill effects.  Nothing gets by Morgan, that’s for sure.  No threat can be too big or small.

Trying to Beat the Heat -- Tales and Tails

Always Watching



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  • mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

    Miss Morgan would certainly be busy at our house. I think it must have been built on top of a spider farm! Seriously, very glad to hear she had no ill effect from having it in her mouth.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      A spider farm? Eww! I don’t generally mind them as long as they stay out of my way and don’t bite me.

      • mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

        I *should have* said a huge spider’s nest. (It was late when I posted. lol!) Our subdivision is built on old farm land. All of our neighbors have problems with spiders, too. They are particularly bad this year.

  • rottrover

    Morgan, first, you must know by now that I have a crush on you…OK. I said it. Now, last night I, with the help of my extremely brave brother, alerted Homeland Security to the presence of a lizard in our house!! Yep, our parents like fresh air, too. You’ll be pleased to know it was taken outside and released. The work of male guard rottweilers is never done…

    Best,
    Bart

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      A lizard?! Shut the front door! Mom says the only thing worse would be a snake! Bart, Morgan is blushing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her at a loss for words!

      Bunny

  • harrispen

    Excellent work Morgan! We wouldn’t want any crazy spiders to breach the perimeter of your home. BOL!

    Millie & Walter

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      She’s always on the job!

      Bunny

  • Jodi Stone

    Good job Mo! I have to admit my heart was in my throat, imaging her reacting to a mouse!

    Delilah is like Morgan, she will never let an intruder in the house, although I find her to be highly lacking when it comes to spiders, which I think I’d rather not have her eat them!

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      I admit that I had a moment of heart palpitation, too!

  • Emma

    Mom is LOL! She calls one of our neighbors the village idiot! Total red neck loser that she can’t stand and has called animal control on a couple times because he leaves his dogs in a kennel in the sun with no shade or water all day. She can’t stand him! On the other paw, I like to guard our house and mom says anyone that breaks in will die of laughter when I show up…I am not sure that is a compliment but I do have my sister for backup.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      All princesses need minions! Never discount that, Emma. Somedog has to be in charge!

      Bunny

  • The OP Pack

    You had us going for a bit there, we were sort of worried about what that intruder might be. Morgan would have been quite proud of Lightning’s security work last week when he managed to corral one of those hoppers AND bring it inside to show off his catch:(

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      He brought it inside?! Yegads! Still, we are very impressed by his prowess!

      Bunny and Mo

      • The OP Pack

        Well, it was 5:00 am and very dark and he managed to slip by Mom with her not seeing it until she heard a ruckus between him and Ciara in the corner:) Mom managed, with great disgust and squeamishness, to retrieve it and dispose of it.

        • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

          At least it was a bug and not something worse!

  • Mayziegal

    Good job, Morgan! Way to protect your mom from that eight-legged beast! I’m good at protecting mom from moths. She really hates moths and gets all freaky-fied when they fly around her head. She says they’re like drunken, deranged butterflies so I make sure to dispatch them lickety split! Our moms are lucky to have us. Yep.

    Wiggles & Wags,

    Mayzie

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      That sounds insane! Those flying little devils! What would our moms do without us?

      Bunny (passing along the message from Mo)

  • Sue Dyer

    Well done Morgan. I am sure the spider was an assassin sent by those wabbits:) Hope your mum realises what a lucky escape she had:)

    I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it, Morgan is one beautiful girl.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      Morgan shares your theory about the rabbits and their dastardly minions! Mom knows she’s very, very lucky!

      Trust me, for all her warrior princess skills, she still knows she’s pretty! It gets her out of A LOT!

      Bunny

  • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

    She does take herself a bit too seriously! I love her for it!

    Ugh! Mr. Taleteller has always insisted that if a mouse gets in, we are moving. He almost slept in the van. I wish I were exaggerating. He completely tore the kitchen apart and cleaned it all himself, behind the fridge, behind the stove, under the sink — nothing was left unturned. I kind of thank the little vermin for improving the state of my kitchen!

  • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

    Morgan misses NOTHING!

  • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

    No she doesn’t!

    So am I!

  • All Things Collie

    Give Morgan a hug for me! (because spiders, while not scary, are not something I would enjoy finding!)

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      Consider her hugged! She sends her thanks!

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    I love that Morgan keeps you safe from all intruders, big or small. She is such a good girl.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      We are very lucky to have her! I sleep like a baby while Mr. Taleteller is away with her on the job!

  • catchatcaren

    Yay for Morgan!! Thank goodness he wasn’t bitten by it though and thank goodness it wasn’t a mouse!

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      I am extremely grateful on both counts!

  • sage

    Good for Morgan! She does her job well–no invaders will intrude while she’s on watch.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      Not a chance!

  • Beckett Grey Hound

    Morgan, we have baby bunnies running amuck here! They chase each other all around the lawn…drives Veil and Maddy crazy.

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      Rabbit Patrol Front unite!

      Morgan

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    Thank you for not posting a picture of the spider. Whew!

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      Oh, goodness no! It was all slimy and curled up!

  • http://www.theroyalcoonhounds.com/ The Lady

    Eek! Send her my way. I need some spider protection!

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      We’ll be glad to! You’ll have to negotiate the terms of your contract with her, though. She’s a tough negotiator…

  • KB – RompRollRockies

    We need a Morgan!!! When we had a ground squirrel break into the house a
    few years ago, R was AFRAID of it. Outdoors, they are his sworn
    enemies. Indoors, R goes and hides in the closet!

    Those are wonderful photos of Morgan, especially the last one!

    • http://TalesandTails.com/ houndstooth

      She’s available on loan! Let me know when you’d like to pick her up! ;)

  • Karen Friesecke

    Go Morgan! Jersey just sniffs spiders and walks away. Dexter seems to think that they are very tiny friends that want to play.

  • http://bringingupbella.com/ Leslie

    I’m dying here. Good dog, Morgan, good dog. But geez, a spider? I’m pretty sure Bella wouldn’t even notice one. Of course, we have a LOT of them living in our little acre of woods like we do. And mice? Oh dog, don’t get me started.

    Of course, last night Jan and I got home late and still spent 40 minutes trying to relocate the fly that had made its way into the house. Bella will not sleep in the bedroom if there’s a fly in there – and no, she’s not exactly protecting us from it. ;)

    Glad you have a full host of protectors while your husband is away, even if one of them may exagerate the threat on occasion.

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello morgan its dennis the vizsla dog hay gud wurk!!! wun kannot be too kayrful wen it comes to spiders in the howse!!! before yoo no it they ar spinning webs enny size and ketching theevs just like flies!!! or so i hav herd!!! ok bye