I had just come up to the house this morning after shoveling the yard and was adding water to the coffee maker when the dog yard erupted into full-scale panic mode. Dogs were shrieking at the top of their lungs, Todd's feet were barely touching the ground as he ran excited laps around his stakeout, and Cricket was heading over in full guard-dog mode.
As I was grabbing for shoes I could see that the epicenter of the eruption was down by X and Wolvie. I could see both of them moving through the trees (there are a number of big trees in front of them - great for shade, but they do somewhat obstruct the view of the yard from the house), so I figured the problem was something in the yard that shouldn't be rather than a dog fight or some such thing.
With visions of all the critters we have caught on the game cam in the last few days - and the ones I suspect we haven't yet caught - I went flying down into the yard, ready to protect my family at all costs.
Cricket had, of course, beat me down to the dogs and was now sniffing around with a disgusted look on her face.
"Cricket, what is it??" I asked as she pushed by me on her way back to the house. X, Wolvie, Neo and their neighbours were still yelling.
"X, what is it???"
"RIGHT THERE!!!!", he yelled at me. "ARE YOU BLIND????"
And then I saw it. Indeed a creature the game cam had yet to capture....
....probably because it is so damn small.
I better not have spilled coffee grounds in my rush out the door.....