Sunday, July 12, 2009

Maggie - Fearless Scorpion Hunter

I must pay some attention and honor to Maggie, the Fearless Scorpion Hunter.

Last night as I was preparing to go to bed, Maggie came into the bedroom. All of a sudden she yelped, jumped, started rubbing her face on the carpet, and using her paw to brush or scratch near her face. I immediately suspected she had made contact with a scorpion.

I went over to look for the critter. Maggie regained her composure and joined in the search. She knew I was after what had disturbed her. I watched where she placed her nose. I moved the kitty door stop, examined the carpet and baseboards behind the door. The carpet is a cinnamon color which makes spotting a scorpion difficult. Maggie tentatively sniffed the night light, ever ready to draw back, we went down a short hall with her sniffing the carpet, went back to the bedroom door and moved the door stop again. Finally, the culprit was spotted poised and ready to strike again on the left ear of the kitty door stop -- the one I had been moving away from the door several times but instead had grabbed the right ear.

Not to risk losing the little critter, I picked up the door stop, carried to the tile floor, shook it, the scorpion dropped off, I smashed it with my weapon -- a fireplace shovel. Maggie inspected the dead critter, I swept it up and dumped it outside.

Maggie now knows she will get lots or praise and treats when she discovers a lurking scorpion. I would write an ode or a poem if I could. But, alas, odes and poems are not my forte.

Until next time, God bless.


Rae said...

Maggie hero of heroes. A well deserved honor and she wears her pearls very well.

Maggie you did good!!!

Donna said...

Oh! I hate those things! Brave Maggie!! Our friends in Lakehills built a new home and they are plagued with them every season!
Me? I just call the exterminator!!! Quarterly!!Hahaa...hughugs

DJan said...

Maggie the Fearless can dress up pretty nicely, too. Love the pearls! Who needs to write poems when so many beautiful ones have already been written??

Butterfly Gardener said...

Way to go Maggie!!

I was bit a few times as a kid, but I haven't seen a scorpian in years. Ok now I'm knocking on wood!

Lynn said...

Donna, when you first build out here, you are plagued with scorpions as your friends in Lake Hills have found out. We've been here long enough to not have very many in the house. But, we ARE going to call the exterminator this week. lol This is the second scorpion to be found within the last seven days and that is not counting the centipede of a couple of weeks ago.

I do think Maggie now has the understanding that scorpions are to be done away with. She is a natural guard dog where as Luc, the Lab, is, is, is......a lover, a professional beggar and ball catcher. lol

Donna said...

Good doggie! I'm so glad that we don't have those around here! They would scare the stuffin' out of me!

SquirrelQueen said...

Maggie, you are such a brave girl. I don't mind most bugs as long as they are outside, inside it's a whole different story.
Good girl Maggie.

Brenda said...

I admire heros. Does she seek and destroy spiders too?

Lynn said...

Brenda, as a matter of fact, Maggie seeks and destroys several critters including spiders, tarantulas, skunks, and anything else that crosses into her territory. The skunks I could do without; I have two deskunking solutions on hand ready for use. lol

AL said...

Lynn, dogs really had keen sense of smell they know and they smell if something is not good. Brave one!


The Laughing Idiot said...

Love the pearls!

You were lucky to have such an effective weapon to take out the scorpion - I've only got shoes handy around my house and getting that close to a scorpion would cause great distress. Good thing we don't have any where I live.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

EW! Good for Maggie!

Daisy Soap Girl said...

I love Maggie. She is my inspiration to get a doggie. I am deathly afraid of scorpions. Haven't seen any in NY but they were in Fla. when I lived there.

SquirrelQueen said...

Hi Lynn,
Like the fish? I knew there were fish in the pond, I had been taking some photos of them. I didn't see the one with the duck until I downloaded the photos!
It looks like a catfish to me but I'm not sure.
Hope all is well,

Mary-Austin said...

YAY for Maggie!! Hate those scorpions!! Especially when they are in the house.