We found a little turtle in our back yard today. We live on the famous "Montello Isthmus", a strip of land that stretches between the Fox River and a marsh. Not good for insurance purposes, but it's certainly picturesque (except for the state highway running about six feet from my front door, and the run-down houses on each side of mine...ahem). We often have wildlife making the dangerous trek from river to marsh through our yard. This includes ducks - quacking loudly in the mornings - and frogs, turtles and even snakes.
About two months ago, my mom dropped of a little snapper that she had rescued from the middle of the road. Isaac was devastated when I made him set it free in the back yard. Today I told him that the slightly larger snapper that we found was actually the same one. Ahhh, the white lies we parents tell! Anyway, he named it Saruman, not to be confused with Sauron the Hermit Crab.
Of course, Shadow the Brave protected us from the evil intruder.
Have I mentioned how much I love Shadow? I've decided that if I ever get the urge to procreate again, I can just get another dog. I may end up with 7 dogs in the end. Now, if only I could house train him!!!