Saturday, January 8, 2011

All In A Days Work

I'm babysitting all weekend for a family that I've known for over 16 years. When I took the 13 year old to his basketball game this afternoon, I got a call from the 17 year old at home. He told me that the neighbors horses were in the yard and he couldn't get them to leave. I rushed back to find the two of them still in the yard.

They're beautiful to look at but they do a number on the grass.

I tried to lure them out of the yard with apples. They ate them but wouldn't leave. They're beautiful to look at, but one of them was pretty aggressive. While the 17 year old was taking video of her, she charged. I'm not sure if she was aiming for him but he got pretty scared. He actually shrieked like a girl, but that's neither here nor there.
We tried calling the owners on both home and cell phones but we couldn't get in touch with them . We thought of calling animal control but we couldn't find the phone number. We called the police (non-emergency line) and they sent an officer out. I told him about trying to lure them home and then showed him. I looked over and both the officer and the 17 year old were on the other side of the fence while I was in the main yard with the horses. I said to them, "why are the men on that side and I'm over here with the horses?" They assured me that they were supervising.
Finally, we got in touch with the owner and she came over and got them out of the yard, but not before one of them left a big, hot, smelly package in the yard. The owner didn't offer to clean it up. It's still out there. I have a feeling it will be for a while.

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