Nick and Patty have been my neighbors for a long time now. They are always getting new pets. Ordinary pets like dogs and cats I can handle. But, when they go out of their way to give a home to some of these creatures; well, I just don't know how much more I can take.
Last Friday was the tip of the iceberg for me. Ya I lost my cool with those people. I said to my dog Pete, "Enough is enough! This has got to stop NOW!"
I was sitting in my living room trying to enjoy my afternoon when I saw it from my living room window. I was reading a nice simple mystery book when I looked up to see it. That great big gray body was standing in front of my picture window.
Pete's head came up off his paws too, just in time to see the blocked window. I thought someone had rolled a boulder in front of my window. I said, "What the hell! Pete, what the hell are those people doing now?"
Pete tipped his head when he looked at me. I guess he didn't know what was up with the window either. I moved to the window to see what the object was, but I couldn't see a beginning or an end to the object. The thing was right up against my window.
I put my book down on the table and headed out my front door. Pete was right on my heels, barking excitedly the whole time. I walked around the corner and to my amazement there it was, sitting up against my house. Its long trunk was gathering my shrubs and shoving the greens right into its mouth.
"My bushes! Scat! Go Get! Get out of my yard you monster!" I yelled.
Pete ran up to it and barked. It raised its trunk and Pete ran back to me, hiding behind me. I wanted to run up to it and push it out of the way, but I thought twice about it.
Looking around at the damage the thing done to my yard big foot prints smashed my flower beds. My Marigold now flat and covered with dirt. My swimming pool in the middle of my yard was now drained. Hugh puddle covered what was left of my lawn.
"That’s it, Pete!" I grabbed my pitchfork and made my way over to Nick and Patty's house. My hedge fence was now gone. The bushes were nowhere to be seen. All there was left of them was the huge gaping holes in the ground where they had stood.
I made my way up to their front door. I knocked once. No answer...I rapped twice...No answer...I Banged and shouted, "Nick! Patty! You better get out here NOW!"
Nick came from around the other side of the house. Patty threw open her kitchen window.
“What seems to be the problem Ted” they chorused.
“Just look at my yard and that thing sitting against my house. You really have to take better care of your pets. I trust you will be paying for all this damage.” I yelled.
“OMG! Patty, get the phone and call that number from the TV news crew…That’s the escaped elephant from the circus. It escaped last night. Don’t you ever watch the new? There is a reward for its return.”
“I called the number! The news crew and the circus people are on their way over right now to claim their property.” Patty informed us.
It didn’t take long for the news crew to show up. Cameras were flashing and microphones were shoved in front of our faces. I watched as the crew from the circus rounded up the elephant and loaded it into their truck.
Just before they were about to drive away I asked one of the crew members, “What about my property damage?”
He reached into his pocket and produced three tickets. “Here come enjoy the show.” He slammed his truck door shut before I could say anything else.
I stood there holding the three tickets with my mouth wide open, watching the truck leave with the destructive creature.
“Ted, you were saying earlier?” Nick questioned me.
“Nothing! Here take these.” Defeated I headed back into my house with my dog at my heels.
Copyright © 2010 by Linda Nelson