Last Tuesday, Hubby was in Charlotte working for the day. The fur kids and I were at home doing some housework, when Declan got an inkling to go out back. I put my dust cloth down and headed to the door (our back door is in our dining room). I was about to slide the door open when I spotted something out of the corner of my eye...THIS guy was sunning himself down in the track to the door!
I will be totally honest here....I SHRIEKED. I have had two pet iguanas in my life, but I do NOT like salamanders...I really don't even like those little green lizards that are out in the yard, but I REALLY don't like salamanders! I also don't like anything the dogs might catch and present to me as a gift, and this thing here is a gift waiting to happen. I also do not have the mental capacity to shoo something like this out of the door, so I herded the dogs into the living room and closed the baby gate - yes I KNOW a baby gate can't keep a salamander out of the living room, but I really wasn't thinking clearly at that point in time. I stayed in the living room for a good two hours - keeping a vigil on Mister Salamander's whereabouts the whole time, but the dogs started to get antsy. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS Hubby forgot his tae kwon do uniform and had to come home because by that point I was wearing my Ugg boots (not exactly made for wildlife hunting, but they'll do in a pinch), standing in my dining room chair, and using the cobweb duster to try and maneuver this thing out the door. Upon seeing my getup, Mister Salamander had hidden himself behind the dining room shelf, so I was really just a crazy lady in chair. My first comment to Hubby was that it was a GIANT salamander. I'm sure he thought yeah right and figured it was like the 3' long rat that got into our garage and lunged at me last summer - which turned out to be a field mouse after some bird food I had out there. When Hubby saw the salamander his first words were "That is HUGE!" Then that brave brave man picked it up and put it outside. He did all this in front of a captive audience of course..
Have a great day y'all!
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