Thursday, July 2, 2020

Only Half The Story

After observing our little raccoon family, Mom, Dad and three kits, we wondered who would show up last night so we made sure there were some seeds in the feeder as evening approached. It didn't take long before I spotted a shape on the deck.
When I went to the window I saw Mom and her three babies, but wait was that a fourth head sticking up?

Mom saw me and headed toward the hedge, then she stopped. Lined up behind her were six kits. Three were a bit bigger than the ones we'd seen the other night, though I think they were the same ones, just grown a little. Two were a little smaller and one was a runt.
The three bigger ones knew exactly what to do. They entered the feeder and started chowing down. The two smaller ones stayed behind Mom and she shoved seeds toward them, The runt stayed under Mom and I think may have been nursing.
  When the bigger ones had eaten their fill, they went to play on the porch while Mom and the smaller ones ate. Mom kept her eyes on me all the while, but she didn't run away.
  These little guys are so cute. Rob and I decided that we'll feed them again tonight but then we're cutting off the food kitchen. We'll remove the feeder at night. We don't want to encourage them to take up residence on the porch.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Night Visitors

HI. Happy July, Canada Day and beginning of the week most hated by dogs. On Saturday Rob went to the grocery store and one of his purchases was a bag of bird seed. We like to feed the birds around now because they bring their chicks and entertain us with their noisy antics. Rob grabbed a bag of seed and didn't notice that it was all sunflower seed. The bigger birds and the squirrels love it but he had to go back for a bag of smaller seed for the little guys. The feeder is busy all day.
Sunday night a little after dark I was walking by the window and something caught my attention. I peeked thru the blinds and saw a raccoon sitting in the feeder stuffing herself with sunflower seeds. I turned on the porch light and she ran into the hedge.

About ten minutes later I looked and she was there again. Rob stepped onto the porch and again she ran for the hedge. Still later I looked thru the blinds again and she sat in the feeder and stared at me. I could read her look. She was saying, do we have to keep doing this? I'm tired and I just want to eat my dinner and go home. I turned off the light and left her in peace to finish the seeds.

On Monday night there was some seed in the feeder and I wondered if the raccoon would  come by again. I left the porch light on and the blinds open and had my camera handy. I got more than I bargained for.
 When I checked the window we had company, but it wasn't the stressed raccoon from the previous night. She had brought her three babies and left them in the feeder while she waited in the hedge. They were adorable, all stuffing their mouths with seeds and pushing each other around.

 I quietly walked onto the porch and the babies, each about eight inches long all climbed down from the feeder and started running toward me till Mama gave a squeal and they changed direction and ran into the hedge with her.
After getting a few pics, I left them alone to eat. I understood why she looked so tired the night before.

Last night I checked the window again and this time there was a very large raccoon there, I'm guessing it was Daddy. He didn't want any pictures and ran instantly but I noticed that one baby was with him.
The sunflower seeds are disappearing fast but we're enjoying our night visitors, especially the little ones.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Hi, remember me? I seem to be suffering from writer's block lately. When I sit down at the computer, my mind goes blank. I think this prolonged quarantine is the cause. I heard someone say that time is elastic now and that seems about right. Each day is remarkably similar to the one before.

The fact that my dogs are no longer crazy pups running around getting into trouble is also a cause. It doesn't seem very exciting to post each day that the dogs ate, pooped and slept. Back when they were playing games and looking either adorable or naughty the posts were more interesting.

I'm determined to work thru this lack of interest and keep my blog going. In the meantime this is Father's Day in the US and I wish you all a wonderful day. Here are a father and son that I churned out recently.
We will return!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Where's Breakfast?

I got up around 6:30 this morning and took the three dogs outside. Then I brought Mackey and Norma Jean back upstairs while I made coffee and turned on the news.
Mackey was confused because I didn't give them breakfast and grabbed each of her squeaky toys and stood on the stairs squeaking to get my attention.

Rob got up around 8 and Mac complained to him but he just sat down with his coffee. She kept pawing at him and whining so he finally offered her a cookie. She wouldn't take it. "I don't want your stupid cookie, I want breakfast."
A little after 9 we left an angry Mackey and confused Norma Jean behind and took Sydney to the vet. Today she was finally getting her stitches removed.

Because Syd isn't exactly the most cooperative dog and the stitches were in her eyelid we expected the vet to sedate her. That's why there was no breakfast this morning.

The tech came out to get Syd but she didn't want to get out of the car. I had to lift her out and walk her to the door. She told us she'd come back out to tell us if we needed to leave her and come back later.

About five minutes later she came back out with a hatless Sydney. It seems that Syd sat still and let Dr B remove the three stitches . I couldn't believe it.
Her eye has healed nicely and you'd never know she recently had surgery.

On the way home I commented that Syd would enjoy being hatless. To prove me correct, she started licking her butt. I guess for a dog, not licking your feet or your butt for two weeks is stressful. The slurping sounds from the back of the car showed that she was catching up.
When we got home Rob fixed breakfast for all three while I went to get a noisy Mackey. Breakfast was a big hit and every drop was consumed.
An hour later Syd was stretched out in comfort on her pile of blankets, Norma Jean was asleep on her back with her feet against the wall and Mackey was snoring and nose whistling on the couch beside me.  All is well again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Finally some good news.
Syd went to the hospital this morning. First they did a recheck on her urine. There was no blood. The antibiotic worked. Yea!!

Then Dr B removed the growth on her lower eyelid. When we picked her up, he brought her outside to us. He was very pleased. There was more skin available in the eyelid than he expected and he was able to remove it without taking a wedge out of the lid. He says there won't be any deformity of the eye.
Syd has three sutures that will be removed in two weeks. Till then she's wearing a stylish plastic bonnet. She's either crashing into everything  or standing like a statue but she'll soon figure out how to move around with her hat.

She also wants to eat but doesn't think she can so for now she's being spoon fed.

This will be a long two weeks but we've done it before and we'll get thru it this time, too.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

To The Moms

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, the ones with two legs and four.
The ones with plain skin, fur, feathers or fins.
Enjoy your special day.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sydney's Vet Visit

This morning we donned our masks and took Syd to visit Dr B. She was due for her vaccines and I had a list of things for the doc to check out.
Syd didn't want to go inside without us but the tech said she was a good girl for the exam.

The items on my list were:
1 a growth on her lower eyelid.
2 a possible umbilical hernia
3 a frequent urination problem
4 a weakness in her left front leg

After a surprisingly short wait Dr B brought her to the car. He addressed all the items on my list.
The eyelid growth is a little cyst that won't remain little. So it has to go.  She'll have the surgery on the 20th.

The hernia is not really a hernia. It's because she has gained too much weight. Syd had a hernia repaired when she was a puppy. There's a weakness there and her extra weight is causing some swelling. She's gained 5 pounds since her last visit. So she's on a diet.
The frequent urination is from a bladder infection. It's her third in her life and if it happens again we'll check for causes. So she's taking antibiotics for seven days and should feel much better soon.

The legs all have good range of motion and she doesn't show any pain when he manipulates them. Syd dislocated her shoulder a few years ago and Dr B thinks she may have some slight weakness in the area. For now we'll increase her fish oil and consider Rimadyl in the future if it continues to bother her.
All in all it was a pretty good checkup for an almost eight year old. She's very happy to be back in her nest.