I can't see M_shell's avatar for some reason. I hate to miss out on good dog pictures.
I had an unsettling experience today. I found a nest of baby bunnies near the house a couple of days ago, and I've had remarkably good luck keeping the dogs away from it. Today, though, a big-arsed snakes was coiled up ON TOP OF THE NEST, hissing like a steam kettle, and with little baby bunnies crawling in all directions to get away. My business partner's husband happened to be there, and he grabbed the snake and carried it off, so no bunnies were harmed, thank goodness. I understand about the whole balance-of-nature thing, but that doesn't mean that I want to witness it first hand, and I surely don't want to explain to a 4-year-old why half of a bunny is hanging out of a snake's mouth I'll be keeping a pellet gun handy for the next couple of weeks, until the bunnies are able to run away more easily.