6.24.2010

Rocky, Part Deux

You know how it is when you have a dog, and they sneak into the laundry room when you leave the door cracked open, and you hear lots of ruckus and cat food being eaten...and then you remember you don't have a dog? So you creep near the laundry room, wondering if auditory or visual hallucinations usually come first with dementia and old age, then give a blood-curdling scream when you come face-to-face with a raccoon eating the cats' food? Yeah, that was my evening.

And people say things like, "I don't know who was more scared."
Well, I do - and it was definitely me!

I recently ranked all the things RB has done for me since we met, and installing that access door for the cats was #1. It allowed me the freedom to go away for the weekend without worrying about them (as much).

#2 on the list is also animal-related: he chased off between 50-75 bats from my carport eaves, then covered the openings with a fine mesh screen so they couldn't come back. Did I mention he performed this task at night when most had flown out in search of food? I couldn't even stay outside and be supportive, in fear that he'd be attacked and fall off the ladder (in reality, my screeches each time I felt a breeze, were probably more apt to cause injury).

#3. Tree-trimming, porch-saving and general yard beautification projects. Most days, after I get home, I can't decide where to sit with my beer in order to enjoy the view most.

6 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

They have radio controlled collars which if configured properly will open the pet doors for only the animals which are wearing them thus keeping out frightening ravenous rabid raccoons.

ColleenQ said...

Laoch: sounds high-tech...and expensive. I think I prefer to teach them their own special knocks... ;

TQ said...

How on earth did you get that raccoon to reenact his entry so you could take a picture of him? Are you going to make a him a pet?

Laoch of Chicago said...

Here is one for $ 44.00

http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/MED-White-Pet-Door-p/559243.htm?click=1014&source=googleps

But I do admire the shaman approach if you can pull it off.

ColleenQ said...

TQ: not the original raccoon - that's a body double. My scream apparently scared him so much, he hasn't been back, but I've learned that they prefer dog food, so I may be forced to get a puppy.

Laoch: the things people think of! I've decided to run the place like the boarding house it is: cat door is locked at 9:30 pm and opens again in the morning...

junquedujour said...

sounds like rb has possibilities - make sure you get all the indoor honey-dos done too before you allow him to even think about any of that long-term/future stuff.