Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Uninvited Holiday Guest...

Y'all wouldn't even believe it if I hadn't taken pictures, so rest assured I have photographic evidence of the tale I am about to tell! (Those that follow me on Twitter already know what happened, but this is the full story!)

Friday night I woke up around 1:30 in the morning needing to go to the restroom. I don't even think I completely woke up, but I stumbled into the restroom to do my thing. I must insert here that we have a little potty room within our bathroom, so you go into a TINY little nook with just a toilet and it has it's own door. Usually when I have to get up in the night to use the restroom I go into the tiny room and close the door before I turn on the light so it won't wake Dave up. So, back to the story....so I go into the tiny room, close the door, flip on the light, sit down on the toilet and I see something about 1 FOOT away from me staring straight at me with it's beady little eyes...it honestly took me about 2 seconds to realize that it was in fact real and not a dream and that I was one-on-one with a SQUIRREL in my bathroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I screamed bloody murder and FLEW out of that bathroom and started yelling for Dave that there was a squirrel in the bathroom!! Now let me interject another quick fact....I talk in my sleep. A lot. I tend to have CRAZY dreams that make me do crazy things. I have another story for another blog, but let's just say that a few weeks ago Dave and I both woke up very bruised after I dreamed we were almost hit by a semi. In my defense, we were bruised because I was saving our lives. thankyouverymuch. But anyhow, he literally didn't budge, he just casually opened his eyes and I was sitting on top of the bathroom counter. I promised him with every fiber of my being that there really was a squirrel in our bathroom and that he needed to save the day!

At that point, I really woke up. And I started hearing what I was saying and I started wondering if there really was a squirrel in the bathroom because let's be honest....what are the odds?? I tiptoed back over to the bathroom, looked behind the door and there she was....and she wasn't small people! At this point I looked for Rookie to make sure he didn't get in on the action, and he was just laying on the bed...hadn't moved a muscle. He was shooting us the death stare for waking him from his slumber. Some guard dog!

We put him outside and went into problem solving mode. There was a freaking squirrel in our bathroom! So we got Rookie's crate and were trying to figure out how on earth we were going to coerce a squirrel into a dog crate. I started Googleing how to catch a squirrel and all of the answers weren't comforting when it was telling us to put peanut butter in our trap and give it 4-5 days. But each commentary told us that squirrels could be aggressive, very quick, and many carry rabies. Noted.

In the end, we settled on Animal Control which opened at 8am on Saturday morning. By this time it was 2:30. We decided to secure the borders and go sleep in the guest bedroom. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep knowing we had a huge squirrel probably chewing through our walls downstairs.
At 8am we called Animal Control and left a message that we had a guest in our home. Their first question to Dave was, "Did you bring it in?" WHAT?? Did we bring the squirrel in our home?? For what? A playmate for Rookie?? NO, we didn't bring a freaking squirrel in our house! After the silly questions we got to the nuts and bolts of the matter. We needed a squirrel removal ASAP. An hour later we had Deputy Dewey at the front door with his net. I tried to take a picture of the removal but he closed the doors "for our safety". About 30 seconds later he appeared with our little friend wrangling around in his net and he proceeded to walk out in our backyard and let her loose.

We figured out that she came in through the vent above our stove. When I had gotten home from work on Friday the cabinet was open and I had wondered why Dave had left it open. I'm not tall enough to see inside of it, so I just shut it and went on. On Saturday I asked him what he needed out of that cabinet and he said, "I wasn't in that cabinet." At that point I had an "A-Ha!" moment and we figured that must have been how our friend got in. When we opened the door and got a stool this is what we found....

Long story short, we called pest control and they said that she didn't chew through our roof and there was no damage. They simply think she was on the roof and somehow managed to fall into the vent for our stove. They said she went into survival mode and was going towards light...the light just happened to be our HOME!! She chewed through that portion of our vent, but Dave fixed it yesterday afternoon and we should be good to go.

It was pretty crazy and I honestly don't know when I'll get the image of flipping on the light and having a SQUIRREL staring me straight in the eyes out of my head. I had to take some pictures so you guys would believe me! I hope you enjoy your holiday guests and I hope they are all there by invitation!!

Me: "Some guard dog you are! There was a squirrel 20 feet away and you were sleeping like a baby!"
Dave: "Yeah Bear! Are you just eye candy?"

PS...that picture of the squirrel was taken at about 7:30am on Saturday before Animal Control came. When I first saw her, she was in another corner of the bathroom facing me with her tail up behind her. Literally about 1 foot away from me. I can only imagine that that is what it must feel like when you hallucinate something. Because since I was half asleep, it took me a minute to realize that it really was real. It looked so real, but I was thinking, "Is that a squirrel?" But yep, it was real!

76 comments:

M.A. said...

OH my gosh!!!! This is crazy! I would have completely flipped out too!! I'm so glad you are ok and that the problem has been solved :) I'm glad we've found each others blogs! :)

for the love said...

Wow - that is the craziest story! I can't even imagine how freaked out you must have been to see a squirrel in your bathroom. Insane. Glad you got the critter out!

Lindsay said...

oh my goodness!! So crazy!! ha!

Suburban Princess said...

OMG I think that would be my undoing! A mouse fell down our chimney and came into the den one night during a storm and I was calling everyone I could thinking crying to get them to come over and help me!

Kelsey Claire said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your blog as well! I love this story. This is so something that would happen to me! I am now a follower!

Risley and Dylan said...

OMG!!how funny! I totally would have freaked out!!

Jax said...

ohmygosh! SO glad you got photos.. hilarious, girlie! I bet that little squirrel was freaking out! So glad they let him go outside. :) You crack me up-I talk in my sleep too so Eric would definitely not believe me at first.. hah.. Glad you found where your furry friend got in so he doesnt come back to join Christmas dinner or anything... :)

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I just threw up in my mouth -- GROSS!!!! haha, this is a story for sure!!

Taylor @ Jimmy Choos and a Baby Too said...

Oh my gosh I just got squirmy! I think I would have died!

Dezzy Lou Where Are You said...

(shudder)- I loathe rodents

Brittany said...

OH MY!!!! THATS CraZY!!! A story you will NEVER forget ha!

The Neffs said...

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Kate and Zach said...

un-freaking-believable!!! I don't think I could have slept for a week!

kristin fulghum said...

oh no! i would freak out. so glad you got the problem taken care of.

katie newton said...

No way!!!! I would have lost it!!!!!! I read this post to Jordan and I thought he was going to throw up! He HATES squirrels. Like, you have no idea. :):) Glad your visitor is gone!!! :)

Kim said...

OMG that is crazy!! I would have FLIPPED out!!!

jv726 said...

That is NUTS! I would have completely freaked out, and it makes me really nervous thinking that when I go to the bathroom at night I don't even turn the light on! Yikes.
Glad it didn't attack you! :)

Ashley said...

OH.MY.GOSH!!! I'm so glad that you are alive! Seriously, I think that if that happened to me, I would have had a heart attack. I always close the door before I turn on the light too and I have irrational fears so I always think that a mouse is in the bathroom or freddy kreuger is behind the shower curtain, I cannot imagine how scared you were!! p.s. I love your little doggie, how cute is he?! Although clearly not a good squirrel catcher :)

Sonja said...

LOL! I think I died a little laughing at this post! I would have FREAKED!

glad to know you got rid of it though!!! She was probably just as scared!!! lol

Jessica said...

oh.my.word. HOW UNREAL!!! I think I would have screamed bloody murder if that happened at my house. Sorry to laugh at your pain, but that is a great story!!

Kathryn said...

OMGosh. This made me SNORT! Glad everything is ok....they can cause some serious damage!

Merry Christmas!

Sara said...

OMG! I'm dying laughing picturing this! So funny!

Jamie said...

OMG, I would have freaked right out! Too crazy!

Chic Runner said...

I saw your tweet about this and I laughed so hard! I'm so glad you are okay though and they got it taken care of. I would have screamed bloody murder!

Elicia said...

Wow, that isn't something that happens everyday! I would have freaked out! And my dog would have gone CRAZY. He is a squirrel hunter extraordinaire!

Laura said...

That is cracking me up! I probably would have gone into labor! I remember when we had a bird in our house....that was a mess!!! I also had squirrels in my attack..but was able to scare them out through the garage attic entrance! I have to laugh...as I can only imagine your face! Also..can you think of the poor squirrel! You probably had him TERRIFIED!! Probably a good thing Rookie did not get in engaged..that would have been more of a mess and I bet $ the squirrel would still be missing in your house somewhere! Happy Holidays!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Oh my gosh, that is hysterical!! I totally would have flipped out if that happened to me. What a memorable story!! :)

Kristan said...

L.O.L!! AWESOME story.

tootie said...

Oh my goodness! That is too crazy! Glad you are now squirrel-free in your home :)

pammycakes said...

crazy story, but a good laugh!

The Pampered Mom said...

Oh my gosh, I just read this post and I am in complete awe. WOW, that is one thing I have not heard before! You are one brave woman!!

Kaki said...

Ah! I can't imagine finding one in the bathroom at night!! We found a family of four squirrels up in our attic yesterday! We scared them away and covered how they got in but I've heard them scampering around on the roof all morning. It's been a pain dealing with them but I can't imagine discovering them like you did! Glad it all worked out!

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