Not an auspicious start to my day, though, of course, Maddie didn't mind at all. We were returning from her morning stroll (aka "Potty Walk"), when we spotted a squirrel by the curb, between parked cars. I had Ms. Maddie on a tight leash, so she didn't chase the squirrel, but it was startled by our appearance and dashed into the street.
Where it was struck by a passing vehicle.
And suffered an immediate and fatal neck injury.
I found a plastic bag and picked up its still warm body, the little heart still beating its last rapid beats, and deposited in a nearby trash can.
Not an auspicious beginning, at all.