Well, from the title of the post, you must be wondering what this is all about!
Our dog, Sophie, was sniffing around our fence. My dad was just coming out of the shed, and he saw her. He went over to her and said, "Sophie, what are you doing?" Then he saw........Rufus!
You must be dying to know who Rufus is. OK, I'll tell you. Rufus is a....turtle!
So, my dad picked up Rufus and brought him inside the house where we admired him until, well, Rufus used his "self defense mechanism" by doing a little Number 1 all over my dad's shirt and the floor. That was a little...surprising.
We took Rufus outside after that.
Rufus was placed in our little pond in the backyard. We call it "The Buddha Pond" because it has a statue of Buddha sitting on the edge of the pond; it's pretty cute. Rufus sat in the water for a few minutes, and then managed to climb out and simply crawl away into our garden. We (unfortunately) didn't get a picture of him before he went back into hiding, but we will try the next time we see him!
(By the way, the reason we named him Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla is after the Schoolhouse Rock! video "The Best of Schoolhouse Rock!" We were just going to call him Rufus, but then my dad said, "How about Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla," so that's what we did.)
We'll keep you posted about Rufus. Hopefully he will make his home in our yard, and we will provide a picture ASAP!