HoneybeeNC wrote: Gymgirl - I have thought of getting a kitten, but there is no guarantee that it would be a good "mouser". We had a menagerie of animals when our children were young, including a gerbil. One day the gerbil escaped and frightened the bejeebers out of the cat! It literally tried to climb the walls to get away from the "thing" running around the living room. Gave us all a good laugh.
As to the dog... she is five years old and has yet to master "fetch." I've tried getting her to sniff the holes the voles make, but she gives me an adorable look as if to say "what?"