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Yesterday, when I went outside into our garden, there was this young mouse on our pateo, probably only a few weeks old.

Of course the first thing I did think of, was aiming for a portrait, but this proved to be very difficult with all these blades of grass.

Then I thought it might be hungry and went inside to fetch some cheese fom the fridge.

Hearing the fridge and smelling the cheese brought Joy on the scene in no time and what else I could I do in a situation like that, but feeding them both!

I don't know what went on in that redhead of mine, but Joy was fascinated by the quietly nibbeling youngster, who seemed neither afraid nor tickelish.

So here's our setters new occupation: Guarding a mouse!

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Comment by ereni on May 20, 2010 at 12:15pm
Lovely mouse and nice story:)
Comment by Robert Krajnc on May 20, 2010 at 1:20pm
Lovely story!
Comment by Cornelia on May 20, 2010 at 2:03pm
Joy had the mouse in her mouth, as a matter of fact, but I said 'no' and she let go - I do think, she did a great job and also the mouse added her part by not running away - that would have change things quite a bit!!! In the end, I had to carry Joy inside the house before putting the mouse to a safer place ...
Comment by Susan Stone on May 20, 2010 at 2:05pm
Wow, super photos!
But I don't know what you have done to Joy as she can't possibly be her mother's daughter: Erin will pounce, crunch and swallow before you even have time to snip your fingers:-(
Comment by Angela Roberts on May 20, 2010 at 2:17pm
Lovely pictures and cute little mouse and I don't mind them outside but not when the cat brings them into the house alive. I'm afraid in my house the mouse would have been a swallowed one too.
Comment by Jenny Ronnebro on May 20, 2010 at 3:02pm
Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. Really enjoyed looking at them and reading the story. What a good girl you got!
Comment by Melinda Auld on May 20, 2010 at 8:03pm
Wow! My dog probably would have squished the poor little mouse in an effort to get to it first...
Comment by Barbara on May 21, 2010 at 1:01am
Danke für die liebe Geschichte und die schönen Bilder Cornelia. Joy ist ja so brav mit ihrer neuen Freundin ...
Comment by Jennifer Martin on May 21, 2010 at 3:57am
Wonderful photo's and a great story, I am sure that all the fantastic photo's and tales of setter antics posted on here would make delightful children's books!! :D 'The Irish Setter Tail's!'
Comment by Cornelia on May 21, 2010 at 9:27am
Thank you all for your very nice comments - I was myself surprised about this gentle side of Joy :D

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