Dirty Girl's been doing a bang-up job keeping the shop mouse-free all winter. Now with the onset of warmer weather, she's turned her attention to ridding the alley of snakes. Today she brought this unfortunate Garter snake upstairs and staged several dramatic re-enactments of the hunt outside the shop door for me and Rich. Then she spent some time lying beside it, looking nonchalant. I feel really bad for the snake, but I know this is how the Girl's wired, and it's what she was doing when I first met her. And she's really, really good at it.