Step 1: Thoroughly sniff and inspect all sides of the pile. Determine where the mousie scent is the strongest. Using my excellent doggie nose, and my natural cocker spaniel tracking instincts, I concluded the scent was strongest at the western side of this pile, as I’m indicating in this photo.
Step 2: Begin removing sticks from the pile to create a larger access point.
Step 2a: Completely ignore your human who has been yelling for you to come back in the house, and the grackles who are dive bombing you because their nest is in the bushes nearby. Well, I never said scientific research was easy.
Step 3: Begin excavation of the compost pile. This turned out to be great fun. The pile was indeed quite soft and easy to dig!
Step 4: Stick your entire head into the hole at regular intervals to verify that you are still in the right spot. Doing this will also prevent you from hearing your human shouting at you to get out of the mud and come back in the house. Doesn’t she know important scientific discovery is going on? I can’t stop now! That would be unscientific!
Step 5: Grumble while your human drags you into the house with a leash. Leave muddy footprints on the floor to demonstrate your unhappiness about having to come back in before the mousies have been found and captured. Then jump into the bath tub. (Oh, running water looks really cool when photographed with a flash! And yes, that water was clear before I got in it!)
Step 5a: Jump out of the tub at least once to splash water all over the bathroom floor and your human. Jump back in and submit to a thorough wash with soap and a change of clean water. Then be sure to give a good shake. Run around the house like a maniac for the next fifteen minutes to dry off. Grab the TV remote and throw it around like it’s a squeaky toy, then play “keep-away” with it while your human chases you. Roll around on your blanket on the couch. Remind your human to think about getting a movie camera to catch all the funny rolling action. (I always wanted to be a youtube star!)
Step 6: Pretend to be cute so you can get that treat you usually get for promptly coming back in the house after doing your business like my colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Stephens does. Secretly plan to resume your experiment the next time you go out. And that’s a memo.
|Too late! I already ate all the yum yums!|