I thought nothing of it and open the front door and ask why in the world he couldn't walk the 4 steps from the window to the door instead if banging on it and he yells close the door and get the .22! So get the gun and poke it out- of course there's no ammo in it, so I go get that too, and pass it to him using a shovel- what a sight I'm sure we would've been to someone standing there...
And he proceeds to shoot this rattlesnake that was 2 feet from the front door! I walked right past it with my son a minute or two before, didn't even think about it, and my husband almost stepped right on it coming through the yard moving the yard sprinkler. Typically I turn the water off before bed and it was right in the place I step off the cement to walk to the spigot.
But that's not all. Because clearly THAT would be too easy a night on us. The dogs had been playing in the front yard in the sprinkler with my husband as he was moving it. Lucy, our Daniff puppy, was barking and my husband assumed it was at a frog before he saw the snake. Well Freddy, our boxer, ran around the back after my husband called for the gun and I let him in, and Lucy left the front yard as well. After dh killed the snake I went and called for her.
Nothing. So dh went to give our son a bath while I went out to look for her and found her laying in the backyard near the dog house so I called and she wouldn't come. I walked over and couldn't see well and picked her up and brought her in and how great- she was bitten by the snake.
How she avoided getting bitten on the muzzle is beyond me, but it connected with her hind leg and started to swell. Luckily I gave her and Freddy both their rattlesnake vaccines 2 weeks ago, but good grief. So I dosed her for the bite, I have everything here needed because some of the cattle meds are used to treat a snake bite in a dog, and gave her rimadyl for the pain. Today there's still swelling but she is feeling better and it's weight bearing.
Seriously getting tired of the snakes out here. Vent done.