MaggieMoose: Holy Rat BBQ!

Maggie’s pawsability thought for the day:

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

  Maggie held her twig in good stead. It was the only solace she had when I wouldn’t let her chase the rat that came running out of our Weber BBQer! STAY Maggie! It all started with the bird feeder. Mistake #1 was letting bird seed get on the ground. Mistake #2 was not pulling down the bird feeder right away. Mistake #1 & #2 equaled a rat taking refuge in our wintered BBQer. God bless Maggie’s human sib’s boyfriend Patrick who saved the day. We were suspicious a mouse was hanging out by the BBQer. I had already removed the BBQ’s winter cover. That cover went straight into the trash when a bad smell came from it. Oh Miss Maggie so wanted to explore…. NO Maggie! Cooties! When Maggie & I saw a mouse run what appeared to be inside the BBQ I freaked out. Patrick came to the rescue. He was at the scene of the crime with all of us looking on. Maggie had to watch from inside the screen door. She had a pouty face, because she didn’t get to help us. Patrick slowly opened the BBQ’s lid-ICKKKKK…out came running not a mouse, but a RAT! OMD (Oh My Dog)! Shrieks were heard around the neighborhood! Maggie was in a ‘twig’er’!

After it was all said and done a major clean up & sanitizing job was completed. That took hours! No more rat domicile remained in our little Weber BBQer. The propane tank was detached to prevent another easy entry into the Weber. We blocked the hole in the BBQer with a heavy river rock. (We’ll remove the rock if we ever BBQ again!) Our green astroturf that rested beneath the BBQer was tossed. Our turf had cooties from the rat. I guess Maggie & I have a new sodding of the astroturf to do on our patio. Maggie celebrated Patrick’s great work with her twig and tennis ball by her side. For Maggie & me happiness came after Patrick’s difficult and demanding ICK job of the BBQ rat cleanup. We give thanks and praise to Maggie’s human sib Julie too who remained by Patrick’s side during the whole dirty rat affair.
WOOF WOOF and a happy ending.


12 comments to MaggieMoose: Holy Rat BBQ!

  • Global Dachshund Crossposting (@skye613)  says:

    Yup. Our bird feeder is long gone.

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    Thanks! Sorry birdies, need rat free zone!

  • cravesadventure  says:

    YUCKO!!! Do not feed the birds due to the coyotes here – plus the occasional stray bear – do not want that encounter ever! Happy Thursday:)

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    Lesson learned!

  • Max's Ma  says:

    Wow, that was quite the experience! I would have freaked out for sure!

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    Major ICK factor!!!

  • spikecatblog  says:

    I glad da rat intruder was chased away. Purrrrrrrrr….

  • Miss Harper Lee  says:

    Look how cool you remained, Maggie, even as all human h#$% was breaking loose around you. Maybe humans should take up stick chewing to calm their nerves! So happy for you and your mom that the “situation” is over!

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    Thanks furriend! :) :)

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    Paws crossed rat moved to another neighborhood! KEEP CALM and LOVE MOOSE! :) :)

  • likeitiz  says:

    Ya. We stopped having bird feeders around the house too. Too many rats and even nasty bickering squirrels occupying our yard, making all the noise, even mating there, and then leaving their doo-doo all over the place for the dog to sniff and ugh sample. No way! Glad you kept Maggie inside.

  • maggiemoosetracks  says:

    We had squirrel problem too, but he left immediately after bird feeder gone. Rat stayed- triple yucksville!

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