At age 9, Lightning just made his first kill, I think. He and Stomps were barking madly at the wood pile, where I know a mouse lives. Then a little while later, only Stomps was barking. Something in the tone of his voice made me go check to see what was going on. Stomps had disappeared into the back yard, but Lightning was standing there with something that appeared to be wriggling in his mouth. But he wouldn't let me close enough to see what it was. Then he ate it. I'm hoping it was the mouse, but I'm worried it was a frog (see "drooling"). I don't know whether to be disgusted or proud. I think I'll be proud, but I won't let him kiss me for a while.