Here's my murderous beasts, sleeping next to the current copy of Hobby Farms magazine (where, I might add, is an article on how to sharpen a chainsaw chain - how apropos!)
Days these cats have had the run of my house: 10
Dead mice: 4
When I came home from work last night, the concrete blocks I use as a front step aid for Desmond were out of place, and smelled suspiciously of dead animal. I shook them and a maggot-y dead mouse fell out of one. I went to get the dustpan mouse transport vehicle, and came back to see the whole thing, maggots and all disappearing into Desmond's mouth. Amazing what dogs think is yummy - I expected to see it all again, but thankfully his system is made of iron.
The night before last, I had gone outside to watch the stars for a bit and came inside to witness a literal cat and mouse drama, starring Sparky. I closed the doors to keep the dogs outside, and helped, by moving things out of the way as the mouse went behind them. It took a half an hour before Sparky finally incapacitated the mouse and I threw it into the woods. It probably died.The domestic scene is much calmer than it was 10 days ago.