We finally decided we needed to hire outside the firm. We have a serious business issue that is ruining our raw material, and wreaking havoc in our inventory warehouse. We tried to promote from within the company, but it didn't work out. Our most qualified employee made it clear he wasn't looking for more responsibilities, and was hoping to fade into retirement.
We attempted to train other, less qualified employees. Some showed enthusiasm, others showed great drive. But in the end, none had the true skills to get the job done to our satisfaction.
We had to hire new employees.
Introducing the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee in charge of mouse reduction and elimination.
Introducing: Marie. Larry likes to name cats after scientists. He could only think of Marie Curie. So this is Marie. She's sweet and purrs like a motorcycle. A little skiddish, but getting used to me being around, certainly when I have a can of food for her.
Introducing: Natasha. This kitty needs some serious socialization. She's pretty, but not very nice. I got to name her, because she bit Larry, and he doesn't like her anymore. She looks scared here, but she was hissing and growling at me. She also managed to climb into the rafters of the barn and got herself stuck up there. Kirsten got to be a hero fireman and climb up and save her. Maybe she'll be nicer to us now, but I don't want to do anything to scare her up to the ceiling again! Hopefully she will come around.
So, in case anyone is keeping track, that leaves the animal count at:
6 dogs, 3 cats, 8 sheep, 25 turkeys and hundreds of chickens.