I learned this morning there's a mouse and rat shortage in this country - who knew?

Seems with more rescued animals, and because of the ongoing drought, there's now a shortage of frozen mice and rats and the price has more than doubled in the last year.

Closed circuit to the people who supply the mice and rats- have you been to an abandoned farm lately?

Stop by any old, decrypted farmstead and walk into any one of its abandoned buildings.  Trust me, you'll find mice.  Especially if there happens to be some dis-guarded hay or straw laying in the corner.

Another place you may want to look is in corn cribs.  I realize you don't seem as many of them today as you did a few years ago, but where there's a corn crib, there's a rat - if not hundreds of them - that I can guarantee you.

When I was growing up on the farm, that was one of the things I disliked the most- shelling corn.  Dad would always make sure the bottom of my pants were tied tight just in case a rat or snake decided to climb up my pants leg.  Fortunately, it never happened to me, but it happened to Dad on more than one occasion.

Gives me the "eeby-jeebies" just thinking about it.  I swear I saw rats the size of one of these hybrid cars you see on the road today.

Thank goodness for the #12 scoop shovel.  I'm sure the animal rights folks aren't going to like to hear this, but we used to take that shovel and beat those rats to death - or at least slow them down enough so that the dogs had a fighting chance.

Maybe it's their ugly tail, I don't know, but to this day whenever I see a rat, a mouse or a snake I still squeal like a little school girl.  I'll bet if ask anyone who ever shelled corn on the farm they'll say the same thing - rodents are icky!