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Monday, July 21st, 2008

A near mistake

My standard morning routine. Rise around 4 AM, the usual ablutions after a night's sleep, walking into the living-room to open the blinds (if not already opened), opening the backdoor to let some of the cool night's air in. As I was opening the first long blind, I noticed the moon shining on the deck and thought "cool" but then noticed some movement. My first assumption was the raccoon family. I saw Mom Raccoon with two little ones mid-day yesterday, leaving the den, on their way out to hunt and explore (the kids are growing, by the way).

I realized that the animal in question had white splashing across it. I thought the moonlight was the culprit but then realized the white was part of the coat. I carefully reached over and turned on the back lights and saw my visitor. Have you guessed it yet? A skunk.

I'm grateful to say I didn't open the door before I realized the identity of my visitor. To say the least, I didn't open the door today. And I was very careful not to disturb my visitor before he disappeared. I'm guessing the bird-food on the deck attracted his attention and encouraged him to visit. All I can say, I'm grateful the only wafts of fragrance from my backyard are still the mysterious, possible-variety-of-jasmine, and not something more aromatic and certainly less desirable.

...bet you expected a story about a burnt cookie or fallen cake, right?

Sorry I didn't get a picture--I didn't want to alarm my visitor with a flash or a lot of movement. :)

Tags:  critters, Oregon
You dodged that bullet. We had a terrible experience with a skunk family when I was very pregnant with my second baby in Asheville. Every night for a week the neighborhood reeked because momma was trying to protect her children. I was so sick from the odor I could barely stand it. Finally my dauchsund scarred them enough to make her take them into the woods. Then we had to give Max several tomato juice baths. We have had to do that more than once with our various dogs.
dannie   Monday, July 21, 2008
My weimaraner, Maverick, got sprayed by a skunk last fall. It was HORRIBLE!!!! Everything reeked - me, my husband, our clothes, our house, our cars, and especially Maverick. It was the worst smell ever! It took forever for the smell to finally go away. The day after it happened, I came in late to work and the first thing the kids said was "What smells like a skunk??" It was so humiliating!!
Tanya Mussetter   Monday, July 21, 2008
He was probably just looking for some DBCC cookies!!!
!   Monday, July 21, 2008
I used to live in a tenant house on a farm in TN and had two cats. They, as cats are wont to do, would go through the same tunnels under the outbuildings as the skunks. Occasionally they would be pretty musky but I'm happy to say never downright gagging with their smell. I would smell the skunks occasionally on the wind but again happy to say we never had a direct encounter in all my years living there. This is the first skunk I have seen around the neighborhood. Not sure if he came with the new neighbors next door but I hope he finds another deck or better yet another neighborhood to frequent. :)
LGrant   Monday, July 21, 2008
When I had a Golden Retriever she got sprayed. OMG that was the worst. We were told to bathe her in tomato juice. It was ions before the odor went away. Glad you avoided the little stinker.
Leslie   Monday, July 21, 2008
LOL...maybe that was it, Nancy. Or maybe he likes PB cookies and smelled the ones baked yesterday.

A co-worker told me a funny story about a Dalmatian who got sprayed and the owner was told about the fail-safe tomato juice. Anyone guess where I am heading? I didn't catch it at first but white dog--tomato juice? The owner ended up with a pink-to-orange Dalmatian. LOL

Wonder if anyone asked about the unusual color until it wore off??
LGrant   Monday, July 21, 2008
That's funny!!!
dannie   Monday, July 21, 2008
Great story. Would loved to have seen the dog!!!
stheinz   Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Hey there, I can't wait to pass this along to Mom, she will laugh out loud about this near miss. I am just glad a skunk did not come in the open window inTN. Love, Rose
gigi   Saturday, August 2, 2008
They were there too, Rose! Maybe they did and we just didn't see them! Or maybe that was who was bouncing on the bed with you guys in TN! :)
LGrant   Saturday, August 2, 2008
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