We all woke up together this morning. The cat got a drink of water from the faucet, jumped off my bathroom vanity and took off. The dog followed me sleepily to the back door so she could go outside and do her morning ablutions. I started picking up the house since I had company coming today while I watched a Mr. Moto film on TV. Turns out Orion had run out to the garage (I'm still leaving the door open). She was now sitting in the middle of the living room floor w/ a mouse in her mouth. I tried to coax her toward the garage again. No dice. She let the still live rodent go for a little play time. Under the couch it went. Great. It might stay there and die. It could escape into the guest bedroom. It could make an unexpected appearance at anytime. Ori circled the couch a few times. Well, I'd been planning on moving the furniture to sweep underneath. Now was as good a time as any. I pushed the couch back and the mouse appeared but lay quiet. Ori gave it a tentative swipe w/ her paw. A little movement but not much. Ori was losing interest. I grabbed the broom and dustpan. Swept the little guy up and flung him outside. The door to the garage will remain shut until next spring!