Yes, I yelled that out yesterday between rainstorms. It was either that or let Niko step on a snake which had decided my garden entry seemed like a good place to hang out for a while. I had only just noticed it myself, as I called him to exit with me…hell, I nearly touched it when doing a quick fence repair and had no clue until I stood to leave.
Poor Niko. His face was so sad, as though his best friend had just died before him. He never did see the snake, but I can assure you I picked him up and told him he was the best little man ever, listening and following directions to take a wide path around. Whew.
At the time, I’d only had a quick glance, as my primary concern was Niko. Snakes don’t typically bother us here, and only occasionally put me behind schedule (as was the case earlier this month as I had to wait for a coral snake to get off the spigot) from my backyard duties. I regret not seeing its eyes to be certain it was a harmless blotched water snake, as they can easily flatten their heads to appear venomous when threatened…and hey, if I’m wrong, at least we all escaped without harm. =)
On to the next adventure!