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Humans 1; Mouse 0

December 8, 2004 | Life

We woke up this morning to find that the little sticky trap that we’d bought worked and caught our mouse.

The unfortunate part, and I knew it was coming, was that he was still alive. Plastered to the glue, breathing heavy, trying to get loose.

Basically he was scared out of his mind.

The next decision was what to do with him.

One suggestion was to let him freeze to death. It is all of 18 degrees outside right now, so he’d be sure to die within an hour or so.

Another option was to kill him. This is the more humane thing to do and was actually easier to deal with.

Despite the way I carry myself and how my personality is – I’m a softie when it comes to animals. I just can’t bear to do them harm. But in this case it was the best thing to do. The little guy wouldn’t go in the no-kill trap so we had to glue him down.

I took him outside in a plastic bag – which was probably even more frightening for the little feller – put him under a box I could get my foot into and squished him. I made sure he was good and flat ’cause I didn’t want him to suffer much more than he already had.

It sucks. Him being in the house didn’t bother me, really, it was what he could be carrying and the fact that he was all over the kitchen counters that made the decision a no brainer.

I didn’t like doing it, but it had to be done.

Who would think that something so small could effect me so much. Its just a mouse, but I killed it. You’d think I was 12 by the way I’m reacting to this.

He was just so cute…

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  • I bought a pair of these traps, and I couldn’t be happier.

    Linkie Poo

    I got ’em at the big evil wal mart, and I’ve got to say that they kick ass. The kill the mouse right fast (or so I think, they’re dead by morning when I find ’em)

    They’re easy to set, and they’re easy to empty.

    roo, December 8, 2004 10:05 am | permalink

  • Here’s a better link to the product (it’s their store, but you get the idea)

    link

    They’re cheaper at walmart tho.

    P.S. This comment form would be cooler if it remembered me — perhaps with a cookie. wink.

    roo, December 8, 2004 10:07 am | permalink

  • Thanks for the link – Now I have to go through and see why they tanked…

    and cookies are on the plans…

    shawn, December 8, 2004 7:03 pm | permalink

  • I felt the same way when I hit a squirrel with my car, and then looked in my rear view mirror and saw him still twitching. *sobs*

    I debated over and over whether or not to go back and finish him off.

    When I did decided to go back, luckily someone already did it for me.

    Shawna (px), December 20, 2004 5:42 pm | permalink

  • Yeah, I kinda chickened out on a squirrel once too. A dog in the neighborhood got a squirrel enough to seriously wound it, and I wasn’t sure if it would survive or not (though in retrospect I should have known it was hopeless) so I took our dogs for their walk and thought to myself that I’d kill it if it was still there when I got back.

    Well, it was still there when I got back but it was dead. I could have relieved a bit of his suffering with a brick but I chickened out.

    I don’t know why, I’ve put a few animals out of their misery before. I guess I’m gettin soft in my old age.

    shawn, December 21, 2004 6:02 am | permalink

  • Mice are not cute; they are vermin that shit in our cereal.

    kill them all!

    at my house the current score this season is:

    Humans: 6, Mice: 1

    Lee Barnes, January 23, 2005 2:55 pm | permalink

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