Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Tail and Other Things

I had a horrible scare the other day. I was stuck working an afternoon, so was home in the morning and had let Elvis outside for a bit. He knocked at the front door to come back in. He doesn`t really knock, but one of the stones are tippy and he steps on it and thumps it to let us know he wants in.
I opened the door only to see in horror that he had a tail in his mouth. A big bushy beige tail. I quick closed the door in his face and paced, shocked, thinking "Elvis has brought the tail of Angus home. Something has killed him and he`s brought it home to show me." You can imagine how upset I was. I was shaking and fretting and feeling quite sick. I called hubby and he said to be brave and go outside and have a look around. Finally I gathered up enough courage to face what I might face out there and went out the back door. There was no way I was going out the front. I looked around, still feeling sick and saw blood on Elvis` feet. I rushed back in fretting again. Called hubby and said " Elvis has blood all over his feet and I just know that was Angus` tail!. I don`t know what to do" He said " Do you want me to come home?" "Yes" says I.
Meanwhile I forced myself out the back door again, avoiding the front and watched Elvis wash his feet in the pond. I decided to face it and look at the front door and this is what I saw ( I`ve cropped it because the other end of it was really gross) Hubby took this picture while I was at work. He was left to remove it from being stuck under the screen door...

I realized it wasn`t quite like Angus and with unbelievable relief, I ran back inside to call hubby before he left. "So, you mean I can take all my tools back out of the car again?" say he. "Yes" says I.
There are bloddy hunters in the woods that like to chop the poor deer up that they shoot and leave the useless parts behind. At the horrified split second glance I took I was sure it was a cats tail, but and as you can see here, Angus still has his....

As usual I`m slapping loads of pictures all up at once. The Delphiniums are looking lonely and refusing to die yet...

I may actually get "roses round my door" :)

Things are looking very barren....

Elvis comes back from a wander on the frost covered grass this morning....

"I think I`d like to go in now Mum, where it`s cozy and warm"

My Dad gave me this tree that was off to die for the winter in an unheated greenhouse at work. They don`t much care there about some of the plants left over from sales so he was given it. I may get my garden room look yet.....

I moved the couch for the winter so it would be closer to the fire and as you might have noticed, I removed the red curtains. It looked to colourful if that makes sense LOL....

Teddy`s all toasty inside.....

I just had to snap these while I was sitting here preparing this post. Teddy and Angus want to get to the tea cup food dishes and Isobell is intentionally blocking the way...

And of course with sweety-pie Elvis lying beside me, I had to take one last picture of him....

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Autumn is certainly here now!

29 comments:

Alice said...

Oh, my, I can certainly see why you'd be worried about Angus. And what a relief he's still all in one piece! We had slob hunters do the same thing. Years ago our dog kept bringing home deer legs from the woods. Shudder!

Gledwood said...

Those are lovely pictures: good on yer for posting them up.
You have a very humble-looking doggie!

Gledwood said...

5 up from bottom: now that's what I'd call a "hang dog" expression!!

Now as for my "photos" on my blog that you say you can't get... that can only be because there ARE no photos posted up at all!

Any imagery I mention you have to click the word in pink and THAT will take you there...

When I set up the blog originally I hadn't a clue how to do anything with imagery; now I have thought about it and decided it would spoil the overall look and character of my blog to suddenly start slapping images in...

Though I feel I may be about to change my mind on that point...

The only imagery you WILL see at mine at the moment are my Youtube screens: at present about 2 up top and another 2 miniaturized in my sidebar...

Here's hoping you had a fantastic weekend!

All the best

Gleds
"Vol 2"...

ally said...

Gross that would scare me too! I hope they do not leave traps around. I would not be able to bring myself to go out and look. A little early Halloween gift for you!

Willie_W said...

Very much a tale (or tail?) of woe...!

We had the opposite problem some years back when a black cat who like to make our part-time aquaintance arrived for his breakfast minus half a tail. Being a tom, he had kind of shrugged the problem off as just another day at the office, but he cost us some cash at the V.E.T. to fix him up. He never seemed to notice it was missing after that.

carolyn said...

Oh my goodness you had us all worried there, so pleased it wasn't the tail of Angus. Everyone and everything is looking like there ready to snauggle down for the winter, very homely.

Rowan said...

What an awful shock - and I'll bet Angus was so disappointed at your reaction to the wonderful trophy he'd brought back for you:)
Your living room looks really cozy and inviting, nice place to curl up with some hot chocolate and a good book this winter. Hint - my friend this weekend gave me a mug of hot chocolate with a generous shot of Baileys in - it was WONDERFUL!!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I thought deer had those stubby little tails! Like Bambi!!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Farmgirl Cyn

Me too! I think it actually could be a fox tail.

tea
xo

Kahshe Cottager said...

I was almost ill at the beginning of your post. Poor you ... What a fright that must have been. I am still unsettled by it!

You room looks so cozy ... getting ready to be toasty and cozy for (YUCK) winter!

Naturegirl said...

I wish hunting for sport was {{{{OUTLAWED!!}}} I SEE NO POINT IN IT!! Cruelty to animals is what it is!
Whew! as I read the beginning of your post I too was dreading to read through! So-o-o happy all the kitties and Elvis are safe and warm indoors!
I also have posted color that still lives in my garden!! It was just before I emptied all the pots in preparation for winter storage!!
HUgs NG

Christine of Epiphany said...

So glad you put in the photos of Angus looking cheerful and tail-y!

Jacran Cottage said...

Wow, I was worried for a while there as well!! I probably would have reacted exactly the same way as I can have a wonderfully vivid imagination at times!!! So glad Angus is safe and well. I doubt that the hunters were there only for sport, but cleaned the animal and left the remains for nature to take care of, not realizing that Elvis wanted to bring you home a present!!!

Your living room is looking fabulous. So warm and cosy, especially with the fire going. You've done such a great job with the decorating.

jessica said...

that was a scary story.
glad angus is fine.
every time you show elvis' sweet face it warms my heart.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Elvis was bringing you a pre-Halloween treat! Turned out he was playing a trick on you! Groan! hehe

Gina E. said...

Oh how awful..I can just imagine how you felt at first glance, although I think you're right about it being a fox tail.

Sarah said...

Yup, looks suspiciously like a fox's tail to me!!!

Not nice though whatever it is!

tash said...

What an awful thing to find! Oh no! Very glad it wasn't Angus' tail, but poor deer.

I love your living room, especially with the chairs nearer to the fireplace. I can imagine Elvis is nice to cuddle up to on a cold Winter's day.

Julie Marie said...

Oh, my gosh, Tea, I would have had a big scare too. Glad Angus is safe and Elvis not a criminal! Our first dog, Jacques, brought home a nasty, huge blob of fat from the meat packing plant. I could hardly stand to touch it to get rid of it!

Luv ya, Elvis.

Julie

Gledwood said...
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Gledwood said...

Is the dog really as humble as appearances suggest..?

Mary said...

I would have sreamed for ever I don't think I would have been able to look. Sorry havent stopped by for a while I am a bad blogger

Rosa said...

What a scare! I would have been horrified also. Our minds sure do run wild, don't they. SO glad Angus is intact.

Rosie said...

oh dear, must have given you quite a start to see the tail in Elvis's mouth, glad the handsome Angus is OK and still has his beautiful tail.Your home looks so warm and welcoming I love the fireplace.

Tricia said...

So glad Angus is fine!!! I would've run away screaming if i saw that in my Lulu's mouth!
I love the stone around the fireplace!

Tricia said...

and i love that last photo of Elvis with his one paw outstretched!

Gena said...

Oh my! I would have died if my dog brought that home! I can just imagine what went through your mind! good to see all the kitties are in one piece! Love the rest of your pics!

Palm Springs Savant said...

oh my gosh, how gross indeed. Elvis is such a good doggy tho! And I must tell you again how cute Angus and Teddy are! I have a dog/cat person too, love them both! The garden looks lovely, soon to be covered in snow, so enjoy it!

Sandy said...

oh my, the tale of the tail...wow...so glad it wasn't the kitty...

sure enjoyed peeking in at your life, as always...I'm behind in my visits around blog world so glad I remembered to stop by...

sandy