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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011



Instead of bats in the belfry.

It’s rats in the attic.

Actually, just one r-e-a-l-l-y big rat.

Oh, rats.

And Tux the Cat does nothing.


Tux never misses a meal.

Or a nap.

Let’s face it.

Animals cost money.

No two ways about it.

It costs money to keep ‘em.

It costs money to get rid of ‘em.

And this was one high-dollar rat.

Seventy-five dollars to be exact.

For setting the trap.

The follow-up thereof.

And the removal of one rat, still kicking.

No extra charge for knocking it in the head with a blunt instrument.

It would’ve been cheaper to call a cab.

Maybe a limo.

Have it escorted out.

Or hire the Pied Piper.

Oh well.

Ya do what ya gotta do.

Anything involving animals costs money.

Look at hunting.

Now that’s big business.

Whether you’re doing the shooting or the supplying.

The Wildlife Ranch knows all about that.

And don’t forget fishing.

Bait and lures and flies add up.

So do boats and kayaks.

Keeping cattle costs money.

Ask any rancher.

Getting rid of feral hogs costs money.

Ask any rancher.

Neutering and spaying cats and dogs costs money.

Ask any pet owner.

Hill Country Animal Hospital provides that service.

Along with vaccines and rabies shots.

Fixing broken bones.

Helping and healing critters of all kinds.

From goats to goldfish.

Cows to cockatoos.

Horses to hound dogs.

And you’ll never see one pay the bill.


"It’s a dog’s life" sounds better all the time.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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