All was well. then the babies got big enough to somehow leap out of the window...and she wanted them to stay out...But! they came to me when I called, so I could bring them back in.
So that went on for awhile, then Sophie started telling them they'd be better off way back by the back fence, and one day they were nowhere to be seen. STILL, I got them back...they'd gone under a fence into a big brush pile in neighbor Jack's yard. got permission from Jack's wife, went up to the pile, and called. I never could have retrieved them if they hadn't come running. I'm sure Sophie was mad...BACK HOME! Now what??
she stayed around the yard with them, a week or so passed, and one day she and three were missing...husband Ken said he'd seen her leading three up back.....I didn't yell. SEVERAL DAYS later, I called the communicator I work with, and told her the story. As I thought, she said that they were up back by a big tree, under some stuff...and that Sophie had been telling them to hide, and to stay wild. Well, Marta (the incredible Marta Williams) convinced her to bring them back. THAT NIGHT Sophie was at the front (??) of the house, one baby had come in, the second was over the fence on Jack's side. I opened his gate and got her. the tiniest girl, Carlotta: I'd really been worried. then the third came strolling in the back door. Such relief!!
Long story short, they are now together days, and the babies are in the house nights. Sophie doesn't come in any more, far's I know, though she may come in when we're sleeping...they are still nursing, and it seems that they're all satisfied with the arrangement!