Monday, July 06, 2009

Wild, Wild Life

"We have to lock the cat door at night." These were The Spouse's first words to me this morning.

"There was a racoon in the back room".


I got up and made sure both our animals were still alive.

They were.

This would also explain the 3 mornings straight of coming out to the kitchen to find the dog food container tipped all over the floor.

Damn critters.



Blogger Cliff O'Neill opined...

Are you going for that whole Grey Gardens thing?

July 06, 2009 7:37 AM  
Blogger Kendall opined...

HORRORS! Racoons scare the bejesus out of me!

July 06, 2009 7:42 AM  
Blogger Buck opined...

It's a good thing it didn't climb onto the bed with you. That's what happened to my grandmother one time - - only it was a possum.

July 06, 2009 8:40 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

We had a young opossum climb into the back of our minivan once, lured in by the smell of hotdogs Kevin felt necessary to "keep" in the back.
Thank goodness for county animal control.

July 06, 2009 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

I'm REALLY rethinking that next visit.

July 06, 2009 9:33 AM  
Blogger sageweb opined...

wow great guard dog! Homer sleeps through the neighbors cat sneaking in and getting into bed with us.

July 06, 2009 12:04 PM  
Blogger Willym opined...

In the old farmhouse we lived in back in 2001 we had racoons in the old carriage house and groundhogs under the summer kitchen plus two daschie one of whom was too damned lazy to guard anything. The next place we had groundhogs under the deck and shed, squirrels in the attic and a family of racoons at one point in the neighbourhood. Don't you just love nature?

July 06, 2009 12:44 PM  
Blogger Molly opined...


July 06, 2009 1:03 PM  
Blogger Pamelamama opined...


July 06, 2009 2:36 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Cliffie! I was so excited to see your comment I forgot the question...

Me too, Kendall. They're mean!

Gawd, can you imagine, Buck? Rolling over, thinking it was The Dog snuggling me....yawza!

Anne, oy! Although now I know what to use in the trap....

JP, someone from Animal Control will be stationed outside your room for the duration of your visit.

Sage, seriously. The Dog usually jumps up barking at the slightest twig snap. I can't believe we've been infested and he hasn't said a word. Unless, of course, he's just being smart. As I mentioned, racoons are mean!

I would very much enjoy groundhogs, Wills. Oh. No, wait. I mean hedgehogs.

Mols, "Awesome" in a "eeewww, ick, there's mean creatures in the house" sorta way?

Pamelamama, precisely.

July 06, 2009 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Once the frame of the cat door is installed in a wall or door, leave the "flap" off at first. Have someone stay inside with your cat while you go outside. Call your cat through the "hole" (cat door frame without the flap). When he goes through and comes to you, praise him lavishly and give him a food treat. Now have the person inside the house call him through the "hole." When he gets to them, they should praise lavishly and offer a food treat as well. Do this at least 3 times and no more than a dozen. After this, your cat will know there is a hole in the wall or the door especially for him. A Cat Door or Cat Flap gives you and your cat the freedom they deserve.

July 07, 2009 8:46 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Anonymous, excellent advice. Except the issue isn't our cat's ability to use the door, it's all the other creatures of similar size!

July 07, 2009 10:24 AM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

oh, oh.....we had one accidentally closed in the garage overnight....what a mess the next morning when he flew out the door as it opened.

July 08, 2009 1:32 PM  

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