.Euuww! Euuww!! Euuwww!!!
The dogs were in the back yard barking at something, and I went to quiet them. They stopped about the time I got there. It was my neighbor and the workers out talking about the work they're doing. We hollered back and forth a few sentences, and then I looked down, and saw that Max, Sam and Lola were interested in something in the yard. I called them to come in, and they eventually did, but as Lola trotted toward the door, I saw she had something in her mouth. OK, she often drags in sticks, plants she has pulled up, leaves, etc. I'm used to that. But when she got close enough to see it, I freaked!! My little girl was carrying a small snake into the house!!!!
Fortunately my freaking caused her to drop it on the step. The little snake was just about 5-6 inches long, and it appeared to be stunned. My guess is The Kids had already mauled it a bunch. I couldn't tell what kind it was. It was so small that markings were too tiny to define. I couldn't risk it being a rattler, so I got the shovel and killed it. I suspect I killed an innocent nonvenomous little snake, but, as I said, I wasn't going to take that risk for myself or the dogs.
Oh. Did I mention that I am terrified of snakes? shudder.
Is it OK to have a stiff drink at 9:00 in the morning? Under these circumstances? PLEASE????