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Message 672858 - Posted: 6 Nov 2007, 2:08:17 UTC

I don't know if the Raccoons are smarter or not, But they are hungry and getting dependent on Humans for Food, Just like Bears were in Yellowstone National Park where It's not a good idea to feed the Bears, I hope Your the entrances to Your house are Raccoon proof as being what they are still wild animals and they can get into a lot of mischief inside Your house looking for something to eat If and when any of them get inside the house, The Pictures are nice though Angela.
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Message 672885 - Posted: 6 Nov 2007, 3:48:05 UTC - in response to Message 672853.

Hi Angela, [snippppp] trendy tiled brekkie bar, want a lodger?

Only kidding Mrs K :-))

Brekkie bar???? Looks like she makes him eat on the floor to me. LOL



No, I assure you that the tile is on our kitchen counter and I don't make Eric eat off the floor!

Sadly, most of the time we eat on the sofa in front of the television. Deplorable habit or great use of multi-tasking for time management????? - You decide!

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Message 675380 - Posted: 10 Nov 2007, 18:44:46 UTC

Last night it was Pudding-palooza at our house.

I used shelf stable, ready-to-eat vanilla pudding. I did not use chocolate as somebody mentioned that it can be toxic for some animals.

Raccoon Trials

Behavioral Observations:

Interloper Mama ran directly to the open cup and started eating. Apron Strings Baby wanted some too, but Mom wasn't sharing. Eric (Old Softie!) went inside and got Apron Strings Baby his own pudding cup.

The raccoons could only tolerate pudding in small repeated amounts, probably due to the viscous consistency. For example Interloper Mama licked the pudding for about a minute, then drank some water, then returned to the pudding cup, then nosed about the yard for some grapes, then returned to the pudding cup etc. She eventually ate all of her pudding cup and Apron Strings Baby ate most of his.

Here is a picture of Interloper Mama eating shelf stable vanilla pudding.



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Behavioral Observations:

Subject popped the top off of the pudding and inserted a spoon. He rather quickly consumed all of the contents.

Linguistic Observations:

Eric: It is very sweet and it tastes artificial.
Angela: (Trying a spoonful) This is absolutely disgusting.
Eric: Chocolate would be better.
Angela: I didn't want to harm my Little Raccoon Friends.
Eric: Those big nasty, snarling beasts outside are NOT your "Little Raccoon Friends."
Angela: Homemade pudding is so much better.
Eric: Oh, without a doubt.
Angela: How can you eat this stuff when homemade is so vastly superior?
Eric: Do you see any homemade pudding here?
Angela: I just made you homemade butterscotch pudding last weekend!
Eric: No, you made your MOTHER homemade butterscotch pudding. I just got to eat some.
Angela: But the point is, you just had the real stuff. So how can you eat this fake stuff now?
Eric: That was then, this is now... Do we have any more of these pudding cups?


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Message 675384 - Posted: 10 Nov 2007, 18:49:01 UTC


< have you tried Tapioca Puddin'? ;)


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Message 675428 - Posted: 10 Nov 2007, 20:32:02 UTC - in response to Message 675380.

[...]

Eric: It is very sweet and it tastes artificial.
Angela: (Trying a spoonful) This is absolutely disgusting.
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Angela: But the point is, you just had the real stuff. So how can you eat this fake stuff now?
Eric: That was then, this is now... Do we have any more of these pudding cups?

Is the secret ingredient to successful marketing just simply to add more sugar (substitute)?

And how long before the Raccoon word gets around? Any new interlopers?

Good stuff!

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Message 675748 - Posted: 11 Nov 2007, 2:38:19 UTC - in response to Message 675384.


< have you tried Tapioca Puddin'? ;)



@ Angela - i meant on Eric . . .


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Message 675845 - Posted: 11 Nov 2007, 6:03:08 UTC

Gads, yer bickering like an old couple... :)

But it's ok, Suz and I do that too after only 4 years of marriage.

And yes, Angela, chocolate is bad...

Quoting from the ASPCA site:

Did you know…chocolate can be harmful or even deadly to pets?

Depending on the form involved, chocolate can contain high amounts of fat and caffeine-like substances known as methylxanthines. If ingested in significant amounts, chocolate can potentially produce clinical effects ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in severe cases.

Typically, the darker the chocolate, the higher the potential for clinical problems from methylxanthine poisoning. White chocolate has the lowest methylxanthine content, while baking chocolate contains the highest. As little as 20 ounces of milk chocolate, or only two ounces of baking chocolate can cause serious problems in a 10-pound dog. While white chocolate may not have the same potential as darker forms to cause a methylxanthine poisoning, the high fat content of lighter chocolates could still lead to vomiting and diarrhea, as well as the possible development of life-threatening pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition of the pancreas.

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Message 675889 - Posted: 11 Nov 2007, 10:54:33 UTC

What??? 20 oz of milk chocolate might cause harm to a 10 lb dog??? Heck, If there were either 20 ozs of chocolate in this house, or some dog that only weighed 10 lbs, then I might get concerned. The lightest dog is 50lbs, so I shouldn't feed it 100 ozs of chocolate....100 ozs???? isn't that like just over 6 lbs???? Heck if I gave my smallest dog (any dog) 6 lbs of anything, I imagine it'd get sick. Or, Imagine what would happen if the wife brought home 6 lbs of chocolate, only to find I'd given it to the dogs. I imagine at that point, I'd likely have a couple health problems. Like the ole "frying pan thrown at the head" disease.

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Message 678085 - Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 4:00:04 UTC - in response to Message 675889.

What??? 20 oz of milk chocolate might cause harm to a 10 lb dog??? Heck, If there were either 20 ozs of chocolate in this house, or some dog that only weighed 10 lbs, then I might get concerned. The lightest dog is 50lbs, so I shouldn't feed it 100 ozs of chocolate....100 ozs???? isn't that like just over 6 lbs???? Heck if I gave my smallest dog (any dog) 6 lbs of anything, I imagine it'd get sick. Or, Imagine what would happen if the wife brought home 6 lbs of chocolate, only to find I'd given it to the dogs. I imagine at that point, I'd likely have a couple health problems. Like the ole "frying pan thrown at the head" disease.


My vet said her brother left a bag of Baking Chocolate Drops on the counter at her house and her Greyhound ate them. His heart rate skyrocketed and he was close to death for almost 2 days before he came back down.
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Message 678515 - Posted: 15 Nov 2007, 23:21:18 UTC - in response to Message 675889.

... Or, Imagine what would happen if the wife brought home 6 lbs of chocolate, only to find I'd given it to the dogs. I imagine at that point, I'd likely have a couple health problems. Like the ole "frying pan thrown at the head" disease.


LOL Very likely! ;-D



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Message 681446 - Posted: 20 Nov 2007, 13:09:39 UTC - in response to Message 675889.

What??? 20 oz of milk chocolate might cause harm to a 10 lb dog??? Heck, If there were either 20 ozs of chocolate in this house, or some dog that only weighed 10 lbs, then I might get concerned. The lightest dog is 50lbs, so I shouldn't feed it 100 ozs of chocolate....100 ozs???? isn't that like just over 6 lbs???? Heck if I gave my smallest dog (any dog) 6 lbs of anything, I imagine it'd get sick. Or, Imagine what would happen if the wife brought home 6 lbs of chocolate, only to find I'd given it to the dogs. I imagine at that point, I'd likely have a couple health problems. Like the ole "frying pan thrown at the head" disease.

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Message 681586 - Posted: 20 Nov 2007, 21:04:46 UTC - in response to Message 662663.

Update on the fake-jello cup:

[img]we test a variety of questionable foods. Please suggest items. I will place said items before Eric and before raccoons and keep you updated on the results.



Ok, I am a firm believer that anything from Taco Bell could be considered a questionable food, the sad part is that while i can admit this, i still love my late night runs through their drive through.
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Message 681603 - Posted: 20 Nov 2007, 22:01:15 UTC - in response to Message 681586.

Update on the fake-jello cup:

[img]we test a variety of questionable foods. Please suggest items. I will place said items before Eric and before raccoons and keep you updated on the results.



Ok, I am a firm believer that anything from Taco Bell could be considered a questionable food, the sad part is that while i can admit this, i still love my late night runs through their drive through.


If you are getting the runs late at night, may I suggest not using the drive-thru anymore? ;-)
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Message 681941 - Posted: 21 Nov 2007, 6:15:37 UTC
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Debates on chocolate are all well and good, but...

It’s been over a week since the last racoon/Dr. K update. How goes the experiment, Ms A?

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Message 682814 - Posted: 22 Nov 2007, 23:36:29 UTC


Angela & Eric - Have a Great Thanksgiving . . .

and to All Others @ Berkeley - Enjoy Your Holiday


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Message 684518 - Posted: 26 Nov 2007, 3:57:15 UTC - in response to Message 681941.

Debates on chocolate are all well and good, but...

It’s been over a week since the last racoon/Dr. K update. How goes the experiment, Ms A?



Loyal readers and raccoon fanciers... I am sorry but I am going to put this experiment on hold for a while.

I am up against a lot of "end of the year" paperwork obligations at my job and I will be working longer hours than usual. Here in the states we recently celebrated a holiday of Thanksgiving and I am wiped out from cooking, hosting and then cleaning up. Eric has been working around the clock on a couple of grants and now all of his other work is behind. Christmas is right around the corner, and my "to do" list is longer than my free hours.

I have been trying for years to simplify Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and while I have achieved some objectives, there are some things (e.g. massive baking marathons) that I enjoy too much to give up.

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

Fondly,
Angela the Crazy Raccoon Lady

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Message 684525 - Posted: 26 Nov 2007, 4:02:48 UTC

We will miss the regular updates Angela, but the holidays with family come first! Take the time to spend with loved ones as they are most important.
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Message 684538 - Posted: 26 Nov 2007, 4:13:43 UTC

Ms Angela,
Happy Holidays to you too. Please don't give up on this post. You could continue this, by providing your extended family the taste of LEFT OVERS, sans the chocolate of course.
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Message 690809 - Posted: 12 Dec 2007, 5:49:00 UTC

haahahah i just gotta post, this "blog" or post is the best iv'e read so far on seti hahah, real humour :)

Keep up the nice ehm reporting :o

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Message 691070 - Posted: 13 Dec 2007, 6:13:27 UTC



Angela & Eric -

Have a Great Holiday to the Two of You . . . and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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