After breakfast was done all the kids left and other then the mommy and the big dog the room was empty. As he was watching he saw the mommy open a big can and put it into the other shiny bowl. After she did this she took everything off the table and put them in a funny cabinet that made a big noise when she closed the door. She walked out of the room and the big dog followed her. Now was his chance. He had figured out that the mommy had just finished feeding the big dog. So he rushed over to the big shiny bowl and found some food that the big dog had left. Elgin now filled his tummy and found a hole not too far from the shiny bowls. Once he got use to the noise he knew he had a nice secure and comfortable home. But he still hadnít found where the cats were so he still had to be very careful. So Elgin curl up in a ball and fell asleep.
In a little while he woke up and looked out of his hole, and he saw two of the cats walking over to the shiny bowls. But about the time the cats got there the big dog saw them and chased them away. So Elgin thought to himself, hmm, it seems like the dog didnít like the cats to come anywhere near his food or water. That meant that as long as the dog was around then he would have little problem getting any water or scraps of food.
After all day exploring all the spaces in walls he could get to Elgin had found many holes he could squeeze thru and many other big rooms to explore. He even found where the cats were fed and where they spent most of the time. It was a room with lots of windows and lots of sunshine coming in. This was something he would remember and avoid.
After a couple of days living in the big house, Elgin had found all of the places he could get into and all of the places were there was food. But his favorite place was by the shiny bowls. There was always a lot of food for him there. One day after all the kids and daddy left the mommy started to bake some homemade bread. And the smell drove Elgin to carelessness. When the bread was done the mommy put it on the table and the aroma drove him to seek a way to get on the table. When he got there he was about to take a big bite out of one of the still warm loaves when the mommy came back to the room. He was lucky this time because she didnít see him and he was able to get back to his hole. But he was very scared. And he vowed not to do that again. He would be happy just getting what he found on the floor and the scraps of the big dog's food.
This went on for a long time. And Elgin started getting fatter and fatter. Then one day in the early spring it happened. Elgin had just finished eating from the shiny bowl when the mommy saw him. By then Elgin had gotten too fat to get into his favorite hole and he thought he was a goner. But the mommy didnít want to hurt him and she covered him with a glass and transferred him into a big jar. She put him out on the back step and turned him loose. He ran under the porch. And for the next couple of days he would stand up at the back door and try to get in. Then one day he was sitting under the porch and looking at a new wood pile when he saw a little girl mouse making a nest where his old home was. He waddled over there and introduced himself to her and then they settled down. It would be his job from now on to make sure that the babies knew all about Sammy the snake, Ollie the owl, the cats, the big dog, and all of the kids. And they lived happily ever after. For how long that would be is anybody's guess.
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