I’m wandering around the garden, all relaxed, when this long, thin creature comes creeping along and sneaks right up onto our porch. How did I miss that? I almost always watch to make sure no strange animals come in here.
My dog friend Mikroula has noticed it, too. But we don’t really dare attack it. Our three cats have also woken up. We all chase the strange intruder.
“Woof, woof, woof!!” I bark excitedly. Where is my master? He needs to come and see this animal. I run around the house looking for him.
“What’s up, Zozo?” Nikolas asks me.
“Woof! Come!” I bark and point with my head towards the corner of the house. Then I run back to Mikroula, the cats, and the creature.
“Oh, a snake! A young snake,” says Nikolas when he arrives.
The snake looks at him. The cats want to seize the animal with their paws. But it raises its head up high and snaps at us really fast. Grisa hisses a little, but the rest of us would rather just gather around in a circle and stare at the creature in amazement. We all stand there waiting for an order.
Nikolas fetches a stick to drive it away. I want to help my master, but how do I chase this thing? I can’t grab it, and Nikolas won’t let me, anyway.
“No, Zozo!” he says sharply. “Out!” He also holds back Mikroula and the cats.
Everyone is excited. But before we can do anything, the creature swiftly slithers away and disappears into the next bush, and from there into the neighbor’s garden.
© Anna Roth 2013
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