My Worst Nightmare

14 04 2008

Last night I dreamt that I was shopping in a local mall. I put Jasmine in her stroller without strapping her in. I turned around to look at something on a table, and when I turned back she was gone. The panic and rage I felt were unreal. I was terrified and more angry than I’ve ever been in my life. I stormed the mall looking for her. Gazing accusingly at passersby holding babies, checking to see if each one was her.

I’ve had many lucid dreams in the past. This time I wished to myself that it was a dream, thinking that my emotions were so strong, it must be real.

It reminded me of Michael Dunahee who disappeared from Victoria back in 1991, and was never found. It can happen to anyone. Keep a close eye on your children, and hug them tight at night. I never want to feel that kind of pain in real life.

I Smell a Rat

13 04 2008

About a week ago, while tidying up the closet in the nursery, we discovered a small animal had been living in our midst. We purchased a couple of rat traps and set one up in the closet, the other in the crawl space.

A few days later, I was up in the middle of the night to change Jasmine. Upon entering the nursery I saw Toffee jump three feet in the air, then go sniffing under the toy chest. I turned around to see a tail slip under the door. The next morning I spotted feet and a tail scooting past the recycling boxes. That afternoon I noticed the hind end of a rat running over Gypsy’s water dish, disappearing down the hole that leads the radiator hose into the basement. Our monster Aloe Vera plant was also discovered, gnawed almost to death!

That evening we picked Toffee up from the animal hospital after having her teeth cleaned. Not 15 minutes later I went to check on her and she had that rat dead in the nursery! Still woozy from the drugs, I was amazed she was able to take down such a big rat.

Toffee is known for her good hunting skills. She brought home a live mouse last summer, which my Mother-in-Law Barb and I caught and released in the front yard. I’m glad to know Toffee is here to protect us from the little critters that eat her food.

Toffee The Protector