Neighborhood Watch: Tortoise Edition


Saturday, 6:32 a.m. (CDT). Morning rounds.

Back yard intruder. Emergency personnel approached loudly and carefully.

Supervisor called emergency personnel to return to post and leave intruder alone. 

Emergency personnel ignored supervisor until Treats were promised.

Saturday, 6:38 a.m. (CDT). Emergency status terminated.

18 Responses

  1. glad the supervisor was ready with treats… Jack, I am a bigger fan of Turtles than I am of dogs, so you can imagine how distressed I was to see you barking at a turtle that was not even coming towards you but moving away from you and obviously minding his/her own business. Perhaps the supervisor will be able to read to you one of my favorite books, Old Turtle. Maybe you can begin to see Turtles as I do, as creatures of hidden majesty and heart benefiting us all. Love you and appreciate the immense responsibility you have to keep the back yard safe, but that also means protecting the life and liberty of those who live there with you or who sojourn into your midst from far off places. blessings!

      1. I’m so relieved. I have a tendency to over idenify with creatures who have hard shells and pull inside in stressful sistuations… 😉

  2. Deborah Maria

    Jack and Arya have a wonderful back yard! I love the glimpses of near-wilderness (from a canine perspective) – lots of spaces to explore and New Creatures to meet now and then.

    Treats win. Every time. Ah, treats. I think I’ll go find one myself.

      1. Deborah Maria

        Yes! A big Saturday cooked breakfast – a little late yet that’s what Saturdays are for. Later, to entice me to Clean. My. House. (sigh) I picked strawberries and added ice cream. Treats speak! 😉

  3. David Ferguson

    Ah the joys of the backyard and new critters!
    Today the Seville buildings held a joint picnic. There was plenty of food AND a very friendly squirrel who was looking for hooman food.
    He/she was very brave and came closer to me than any squirrel has ever come. Ate bread and wanted a hooman cookies which he did NOT get
    David and Chris in Colorado

    1. Deborah Maria

      So…David & Chris…you didn’t want to share a crumb with a tiny, friendly rodent? (are squirrels really rodents? I’m never sure) Surely you wouldn’t have missed a wee bit of that Girl Scout Thin Mint even though we hoomans are quite possessive of them.

      I had a squirrel come up almost to my kitchen window today! Closest I’ve seen. Is the Full Moon affecting them???

      (Glad to meet ya!)

      1. Deborah Maria

        Those squirrels need a COOKIE! Garden hose – bleah. I feed my squirrels an occasional apple (can buy them very inexpensively). I impale an apple on a little spike on top of a fence post. It gets gnawed/pecked on (birds like apple, too) then eventually it’s hauled off. I’ve seen a squirrel leaping limb from limb in a tall, nearby tree carrying an apple almost as big as the squirrel. YUM!

        See what David & Chris started – with that squirrel-in-the-cookies (or NOT in the cookies) story?

  4. Elinor

    Hey, that guy (or girl) was on my patio a week ago! Guess it took him all that time to get over to your place. They are rather slow you know! 😉

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