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Message 890528 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 12:55:45 UTC

I think having something like raccoons around can remind you of how different a wild animal and a domestic animal can be. Years ago, when I lived on the left coast, a friend of mine came home to find his two large huskies huddled together by the back door, actually shaking. The problem was a small raccoon, a few feet away, calmly eating their Alpo. The animals know who is who.

My current senior citizen spaniel is very careful to give the rabbits in our yard the right of way. You can tell the rabbits who have been around for a while, they don't even look up when the dog comes out. The dog flat refuses to go out when there are raccoons around. That is often our first sign that the raccoons are active in the area.
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Message 890544 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 13:50:25 UTC - in response to Message 890528.

I think having something like raccoons around can remind you of how different a wild animal and a domestic animal can be. Years ago, when I lived on the left coast, a friend of mine came home to find his two large huskies huddled together by the back door, actually shaking. The problem was a small raccoon, a few feet away, calmly eating their Alpo. The animals know who is who.

My current senior citizen spaniel is very careful to give the rabbits in our yard the right of way. You can tell the rabbits who have been around for a while, they don't even look up when the dog comes out. The dog flat refuses to go out when there are raccoons around. That is often our first sign that the raccoons are active in the area.


:-O LOL Nasty little creatures, but cute they look!



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Message 890548 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 14:17:08 UTC - in response to Message 890544.

I think having something like raccoons around can remind you of how different a wild animal and a domestic animal can be. Years ago, when I lived on the left coast, a friend of mine came home to find his two large huskies huddled together by the back door, actually shaking. The problem was a small raccoon, a few feet away, calmly eating their Alpo. The animals know who is who.

My current senior citizen spaniel is very careful to give the rabbits in our yard the right of way. You can tell the rabbits who have been around for a while, they don't even look up when the dog comes out. The dog flat refuses to go out when there are raccoons around. That is often our first sign that the raccoons are active in the area.


:-O LOL Nasty little creatures, but cute they look!



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Message 890560 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 14:46:57 UTC - in response to Message 890352.

Very timely post Angela, as the racoons have come out of hibernation here as well. I have to admit I don't have names for mine, but I do follow their activities through the neighbourhood. This provides me great insight into the minds of racoons, and into the garbage of a few of my neighbours.

Going back to a thread many moons ago, I have new "racoon proof" garbage cans here this spring, and so far they are working.


Hello everybody. This is the first time I've posted on this thread, although I'm a lurker here.

I live along the Allegheny River, and we have many wild critters around here, raccoons, groundhogs, possums, the occassional black bear or deer etc. (I even thought I saw a mini-big foot one night lol). Getting to the point, I have two Akitas and they back down from no one, humans or animals. Over the years some of these wild creatures have ventured into my back yard only to meet their demise. Please, do not take it the wrong way, I do not 'sic' my dogs on them. Akitas are natural hunters. After the first year or so, the animals no longer came near my back yard. I think they spread the word. But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.
To set Angela's mind at ease, neither of my dogs as ever harmed a raccoon. I believe that their intelligence keeps them away, perhaps by scent. Please, do not hate me or my dogs, for they are only acting on instinct.

Also, I would like to ask a question. It seems most everybody here has a cat, as do I. Does anyone have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of them. My cat will crawl up on my chest if I'm sleeping on my back, with her nose to mine. If I'm on my side, she will perch herself precariously on my side, on my arm, hip or wherever she can manage. Am I the only person with a cat who is so 'attached' and obviously suffers from separation anxiety?

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Message 890567 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 15:09:43 UTC - in response to Message 890560.

Very timely post Angela, as the racoons have come out of hibernation here as well. I have to admit I don't have names for mine, but I do follow their activities through the neighbourhood. This provides me great insight into the minds of racoons, and into the garbage of a few of my neighbours.

Going back to a thread many moons ago, I have new "racoon proof" garbage cans here this spring, and so far they are working.


Hello everybody. This is the first time I've posted on this thread, although I'm a lurker here.

I live along the Allegheny River, and we have many wild critters around here, raccoons, groundhogs, possums, the occassional black bear or deer etc. (I even thought I saw a mini-big foot one night lol). Getting to the point, I have two Akitas and they back down from no one, humans or animals. Over the years some of these wild creatures have ventured into my back yard only to meet their demise. Please, do not take it the wrong way, I do not 'sic' my dogs on them. Akitas are natural hunters. After the first year or so, the animals no longer came near my back yard. I think they spread the word. But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.
To set Angela's mind at ease, neither of my dogs as ever harmed a raccoon. I believe that their intelligence keeps them away, perhaps by scent. Please, do not hate me or my dogs, for they are only acting on instinct.

Also, I would like to ask a question. It seems most everybody here has a cat, as do I. Does anyone have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of them. My cat will crawl up on my chest if I'm sleeping on my back, with her nose to mine. If I'm on my side, she will perch herself precariously on my side, on my arm, hip or wherever she can manage. Am I the only person with a cat who is so 'attached' and obviously suffers from separation anxiety?

Respectfully submitted,
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. . . my Lady [Angelina - past context] and we were living in California [Los Angeles] had a cat named 'Flavors' [who has since passed on] used to do ALL those things while Angelina was sleepin'

another really sweet story - short version - Flavors was friends with many a wild animal - that had the opportunity - to grow up with her in LA - and then the little one's as well, grew up and those offspring became friends w/ her

the baby's - Possums, Raccoons, foxes, skunks, etc used to come into our living room [i left the front doors to the Studio open most of the time] and would watch the X-Files, Millenium, etc on the TV with Angelina & i [really cute little's] and they would actually follow the Season Series every week [they were always right on time as well] . . . this went on for over ten years

In other words - i have led a very rewarding life and enjoyed the little critters that loved Angelina & i and Flavors as well [she had a habit of laying extremely close and they would all cuddle up to her] . . .


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Message 890579 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 15:51:13 UTC

KLC53, I think the need to defend territory varies greatly from breed to breed of domestic animals. It also helps dogs to function as a pack, and that can include their humans. Hunting dogs can be trained to be very agressive, when they know their pack includes a human with a big stick.

I find it interesting that your dogs never actually harm the wild critters. It must be all bluff and show for them. Word gets around in the wild about them, just like word has gotten around about my geriatric spaniel. Even the ducks don't look too concerned when he is in the back yard with them.
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Message 890585 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 16:19:52 UTC - in response to Message 890579.
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KLC53, I think the need to defend territory varies greatly from breed to breed of domestic animals. It also helps dogs to function as a pack, and that can include their humans. Hunting dogs can be trained to be very agressive, when they know their pack includes a human with a big stick.

I find it interesting that your dogs never actually harm the wild critters. It must be all bluff and show for them. Word gets around in the wild about them, just like word has gotten around about my geriatric spaniel. Even the ducks don't look too concerned when he is in the back yard with them.


Bill, my oldest Akita has killed the 'possums and groundhogs that have entered my back yard. Akitas are extremely territorial. The raccoons never come in because I believe they sensed the danger. Both my Akitas are very, very gentle. Akitas are known for being extremely tolerant of children. Both of my dogs adore my grandchildren. My oldest one is almost 12 yrs. As a matter of fact, I've been agonizing over her of late. She is not eating the way she should, becoming incontinent(a bit), in other words, she maybe coming close to the end. I have spent many hours working with both them and training them. The saying 'There are no bad dogs, only bad owners' is more than a cliché. My younger dog is only 21 mos., which for the breed, is still considered a puppy. They are a complex breed. My family over the years always had German Shepherds. When my sister's Akita became pregnant, she asked if I would take one. That one is actual half Akita and half German Shepherd. When I got a book to read up on the breed (Akita), I fell in love with them. I actually felt like I was being disloyal to the G.Shepherd. The Akita is definitely not for everyone, and most certainly is not a dog for first time owners. BTW, Helen Keller is credited with introducing the breed to the U.S. You must read the story of Hachikō; supposedly there is a movie coming out about him.

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Message 890594 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 17:07:05 UTC - in response to Message 890450.

it's hard to believe that such cute creatures aren't just as cute as our little kitties, cuddly and sweet. How do your cats actually react on them, by the way? And how are your kitties doing?


Raccoons are not at all like cats. Their looks are quite deceiving.

Our cats are both indoor kitties and they generally ignore the raccoons on the patio.

Our cats are both fine. W.C. is upstairs shredding papers in Eric's den and Stinky Lou sounds like she is chasing a wild pen across the kitchen floor. Those pens are tricky. Just when Stinky has one cornered, it somehow manages to get away!

Not sure if her wild pen is red or green but either kind can be very hard to catch.
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Message 890632 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 18:43:39 UTC - in response to Message 890567.

Very timely post Angela, as the racoons have come out of hibernation here as well. I have to admit I don't have names for mine, but I do follow their activities through the neighbourhood. This provides me great insight into the minds of racoons, and into the garbage of a few of my neighbours.

Going back to a thread many moons ago, I have new "racoon proof" garbage cans here this spring, and so far they are working.


Hello everybody. This is the first time I've posted on this thread, although I'm a lurker here.

I live along the Allegheny River, and we have many wild critters around here, raccoons, groundhogs, possums, the occassional black bear or deer etc. (I even thought I saw a mini-big foot one night lol). Getting to the point, I have two Akitas and they back down from no one, humans or animals. Over the years some of these wild creatures have ventured into my back yard only to meet their demise. Please, do not take it the wrong way, I do not 'sic' my dogs on them. Akitas are natural hunters. After the first year or so, the animals no longer came near my back yard. I think they spread the word. But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.
To set Angela's mind at ease, neither of my dogs as ever harmed a raccoon. I believe that their intelligence keeps them away, perhaps by scent. Please, do not hate me or my dogs, for they are only acting on instinct.

Also, I would like to ask a question. It seems most everybody here has a cat, as do I. Does anyone have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of them. My cat will crawl up on my chest if I'm sleeping on my back, with her nose to mine. If I'm on my side, she will perch herself precariously on my side, on my arm, hip or wherever she can manage. Am I the only person with a cat who is so 'attached' and obviously suffers from separation anxiety?

Respectfully submitted,
K.C.


. . . my Lady [Angelina - past context] and we were living in California [Los Angeles] had a cat named 'Flavors' [who has since passed on] used to do ALL those things while Angelina was sleepin'

another really sweet story - short version - Flavors was friends with many a wild animal - that had the opportunity - to grow up with her in LA - and then the little one's as well, grew up and those offspring became friends w/ her

the baby's - Possums, Raccoons, foxes, skunks, etc used to come into our living room [i left the front doors to the Studio open most of the time] and would watch the X-Files, Millenium, etc on the TV with Angelina & i [really cute little's] and they would actually follow the Season Series every week [they were always right on time as well] . . . this went on for over ten years

In other words - i have led a very rewarding life and enjoyed the little critters that loved Angelina & i and Flavors as well [she had a habit of laying extremely close and they would all cuddle up to her] . . .



Richard, that was a great story. :o)...one thing tho, YOU LET A STUNK IN YOUR HOUSE!!!!!

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Message 890639 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 19:17:44 UTC

But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.


Here in California raccoons are also carriers of rabies and other diseases that nobody wants. They are a nuisance here as well.

I freely admit that it is unwise to feed, "train" and play with these creatures. ("Train" is in quotes here because with raccoons, you are never quite sure who is the trainer and who is being trained! Eric is fairly convinced that my raccoons have trained me quite well.)

Basically, I do NOT recommend that anyone "try this at home." Eric and I have both gone through the pre-rabies vaccination series. Our tamest raccoons do come right up to our feet, but we have never actually tried to touch one or let one accept food directly from our hands. We try to avoid going between two raccoons and we never position ourselves between a mama raccoon and her babies. We scrub carefully after we clean out their water dish or our bird bath. "We" (and by "we" I mean Eric as I consider this to be a "boy job" - poor Eric!) are very careful about clean-up procedures if a raccoon should happen to poop in our yard. We would not go near any raccoon that was behaving strangely. (We have developed a rather good sense of normal raccoon behavior.) If my nieces and nephews come over and want to feed raccoons, I am very careful to supervise their behavior. If ever bitten by ANY animal, Eric and I would go straight to the ER for wound care and booster rabies vaccines. In short, we may be stupid - but we're not dumb.

There is a locally famous restaurant in Berkeley (Rivoli) that used to have nightly raccoon feedings in their backyard garden area, to the delight of most of their customers. The neighbors in the area objected strongly and the restaurant discontinued the feedings. If my neighbors raised a stink, I would probably cease and desist. Our neighbor on our right says "better your yard than mine" and our neighbor on our left travels often, grows nothing volitionally in her yard and seems to be unaware of my shenanigans. A couple of neighbor kids know our "secret" and their parents have never said anything negative to us. When a local Campfire girl, Ginger, came to our porch with her mother to peddle her mints, Eric and I invited them in to see raccoons. Ginger was delighted and her mother said "Oh wow, I didn't even know we had raccoons here." This was particularly ironic, as Ginger's family lives right by a creek and the creek area is where most of the raccoons actually have their dens!

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Message 890648 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 19:58:44 UTC - in response to Message 890639.

But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.


Here in California raccoons are also carriers of rabies and other diseases that nobody wants. They are a nuisance here as well.

I freely admit that it is unwise to feed, "train" and play with these creatures. ("Train" is in quotes here because with raccoons, you are never quite sure who is the trainer and who is being trained! Eric is fairly convinced that my raccoons have trained me quite well.)

Basically, I do NOT recommend that anyone "try this at home." Eric and I have both gone through the pre-rabies vaccination series. Our tamest raccoons do come right up to our feet, but we have never actually tried to touch one or let one accept food directly from our hands. We try to avoid going between two raccoons and we never position ourselves between a mama raccoon and her babies. We scrub carefully after we clean out their water dish or our bird bath. "We" (and by "we" I mean Eric as I consider this to be a "boy job" - poor Eric!) are very careful about clean-up procedures if a raccoon should happen to poop in our yard. We would not go near any raccoon that was behaving strangely. (We have developed a rather good sense of normal raccoon behavior.) If my nieces and nephews come over and want to feed raccoons, I am very careful to supervise their behavior. If ever bitten by ANY animal, Eric and I would go straight to the ER for wound care and booster rabies vaccines. In short, we may be stupid - but we're not dumb.

There is a locally famous restaurant in Berkeley (Rivoli) that used to have nightly raccoon feedings in their backyard garden area, to the delight of most of their customers. The neighbors in the area objected strongly and the restaurant discontinued the feedings. If my neighbors raised a stink, I would probably cease and desist. Our neighbor on our right says "better your yard than mine" and our neighbor on our left travels often, grows nothing volitionally in her yard and seems to be unaware of my shenanigans. A couple of neighbor kids know our "secret" and their parents have never said anything negative to us. When a local Campfire girl, Ginger, came to our porch with her mother to peddle her mints, Eric and I invited them in to see raccoons. Ginger was delighted and her mother said "Oh wow, I didn't even know we had raccoons here." This was particularly ironic, as Ginger's family lives right by a creek and the creek area is where most of the raccoons actually have their dens!


Hi Angela, I'm Karen. The situation and rapport you have with the little ones is quite unique. I've no doubt that you take all necessary measures. Actually, I have always been under the impression that raccoons could be tamed in the traditional sense and kept as pets. Is this the case, or have I been laboring under a false assumption?

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Message 890650 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 20:19:21 UTC

Actually, I have always been under the impression that raccoons could be tamed in the traditional sense and kept as pets. Is this the case, or have I been laboring under a false assumption?


I know it has been done by others, but I would NEVER do it!

Raccoons are quite clever and they get into everything! A few years ago I put a huge jar of birdseed out on the porch. It was a restaurant size empty jar with a very wide neck and very thick glass. I thought it was raccoon safe. I was wrong. Somehow my critters managed to open the jar, spill out the contents and pick out for their personal consumption all of the corn pieces that comprised a small fraction of the seed mix. Raccoon hands are so tiny I have absolutely no idea how they did it. I wish I had caught them in the act. I'm sure their approach to the problem was impressive. It may have even involved cooperation.

My raccoons are also taking apart my concrete patio piece by piece. Basically the destruction started as little natural crack between the slabs. The raccoons have widened the crack for me quite a bit. Now it is a rather large hole. Raccoons, when bored, stick their hands into cracks and holes and pull stuff up. If they find something edible, well... they eat it. If there is nothing edible, they keep digging until something more interesting comes along.

I would NEVER want a bored raccoon in my house. Imagine the damage!!! I would also never want an angry raccoon in my house. Imagine the carnage!!! I know there are people who have tame skunks, raccoons, cougars etc in their homes. Seems like a REALLY bad idea to me.

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Message 890653 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 20:28:57 UTC - in response to Message 890650.
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I know there are people who have tame skunks, raccoons, cougars etc in their homes. Seems like a REALLY bad idea to me.


Oh, I don't know about that. You seem to have tamed the other Dr. K. :p
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Message 890661 - Posted: 2 May 2009, 21:02:30 UTC - in response to Message 890650.

Actually, I have always been under the impression that raccoons could be tamed in the traditional sense and kept as pets. Is this the case, or have I been laboring under a false assumption?


I know it has been done by others, but I would NEVER do it!

Raccoons are quite clever and they get into everything! A few years ago I put a huge jar of birdseed out on the porch. It was a restaurant size empty jar with a very wide neck and very thick glass. I thought it was raccoon safe. I was wrong. Somehow my critters managed to open the jar, spill out the contents and pick out for their personal consumption all of the corn pieces that comprised a small fraction of the seed mix. Raccoon hands are so tiny I have absolutely no idea how they did it. I wish I had caught them in the act. I'm sure their approach to the problem was impressive. It may have even involved cooperation.

My raccoons are also taking apart my concrete patio piece by piece. Basically the destruction started as little natural crack between the slabs. The raccoons have widened the crack for me quite a bit. Now it is a rather large hole. Raccoons, when bored, stick their hands into cracks and holes and pull stuff up. If they find something edible, well... they eat it. If there is nothing edible, they keep digging until something more interesting comes along.

I would NEVER want a bored raccoon in my house. Imagine the damage!!! I would also never want an angry raccoon in my house. Imagine the carnage!!! I know there are people who have tame skunks, raccoons, cougars etc in their homes. Seems like a REALLY bad idea to me.

I heard a story about a racoon that was rescued as an infant and raised by a family. It's favorite pastime when it was bored when somewhat older was the back screen door. Climb about half way up the screen. Cling to the screen with the claws on one side and give a push against the door jamb with the paws on the other side. When the door slams shut, give it another push. So for hours on end the door wold go SLAM...SLAM...SLAM...SLAM...SLAM...SLAM...SLAM...
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Message 890701 - Posted: 3 May 2009, 5:46:14 UTC - in response to Message 890632.

Very timely post Angela, as the racoons have come out of hibernation here as well. I have to admit I don't have names for mine, but I do follow their activities through the neighbourhood. This provides me great insight into the minds of racoons, and into the garbage of a few of my neighbours.

Going back to a thread many moons ago, I have new "racoon proof" garbage cans here this spring, and so far they are working.


Hello everybody. This is the first time I've posted on this thread, although I'm a lurker here.

I live along the Allegheny River, and we have many wild critters around here, raccoons, groundhogs, possums, the occassional black bear or deer etc. (I even thought I saw a mini-big foot one night lol). Getting to the point, I have two Akitas and they back down from no one, humans or animals. Over the years some of these wild creatures have ventured into my back yard only to meet their demise. Please, do not take it the wrong way, I do not 'sic' my dogs on them. Akitas are natural hunters. After the first year or so, the animals no longer came near my back yard. I think they spread the word. But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.
To set Angela's mind at ease, neither of my dogs as ever harmed a raccoon. I believe that their intelligence keeps them away, perhaps by scent. Please, do not hate me or my dogs, for they are only acting on instinct.

Also, I would like to ask a question. It seems most everybody here has a cat, as do I. Does anyone have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of them. My cat will crawl up on my chest if I'm sleeping on my back, with her nose to mine. If I'm on my side, she will perch herself precariously on my side, on my arm, hip or wherever she can manage. Am I the only person with a cat who is so 'attached' and obviously suffers from separation anxiety?

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. . . my Lady [Angelina - past context] and we were living in California [Los Angeles] had a cat named 'Flavors' [who has since passed on] used to do ALL those things while Angelina was sleepin'

another really sweet story - short version - Flavors was friends with many a wild animal - that had the opportunity - to grow up with her in LA - and then the little one's as well, grew up and those offspring became friends w/ her

the baby's - Possums, Raccoons, foxes, skunks, etc used to come into our living room [i left the front doors to the Studio open most of the time] and would watch the X-Files, Millenium, etc on the TV with Angelina & i [really cute little's] and they would actually follow the Season Series every week [they were always right on time as well] . . . this went on for over ten years

In other words - i have led a very rewarding life and enjoyed the little critters that loved Angelina & i and Flavors as well [she had a habit of laying extremely close and they would all cuddle up to her] . . .



Richard, that was a great story. :o)...one thing tho, YOU LET A STUNK IN YOUR HOUSE!!!!!


;))))) Karen, that story started with a baby skunk - he's decided to come into the house and didn't see me - when i came around the corner - he freaked and jumped up in the aire a bit - turned his back with the tail raised and made the funniest face we'd ever seen - kept makin' the faces and i realized he was trying to 'skunk' us - but found out - he was too young - it didn't work . . . so along the years as he grew up and he had little's - he & his lady would bring about their young and one or two would venture into the house - though with NO INCIDENTS - ever - and they'd just sit there watchin' the tube - was funny as heck - and, as i mentioned previously - it went on for over ten years . . .

none of the animals ever fought - they'd play about with each other - and the fact be that some of these littles were 'enemies' of each other - though, for some bloody reason - they'd all get along and in the end - they were getting along as adults and then their offspring [so on and so forth] would get along . . .

the neighbors always thought it was a little strange [as they'd tell me so] but when i left - they were still having their fun together and the artist that took over the property - had basically the same thing happen to me . .. i'd ride over to the Silver Lake address and find some little friends watching him paint in the Studio i built on that Property and he'd tell me some wild little stories regarding my little friends - similiar to that which Angelina & i had encountered . . . go figure eh . . .

and, those animals never even got po'd or got agressive @ anytime during those years and they sure all liked Flavors - who always had birds resting on her back while laying on the porch - and there'd be other 'stray' cats sitting off - in the distance - staring @ Flavors and lickin' their chops - wanting to devour the little birds - but - Flavors protected them as well as protected and hung out with the other animals - mostly the babies all day on the porch . . .

and we'd have many species of birds including the hummingbirds from the sanctuary down in El Toro - near StarRoute49 - come and lite on Flavors - it was really astounding to watch as the neighbors would say . . .

strange though - the grown-up little's - would sit a distance from the Studio watching - while their offspring went and watched TV with us - and each generation would continue this practice over & over - thru the years . . .

we loved every minute - it sure was an entertaining life back then - as well as rewarding with those 'friends' . . .

i certainly miss them these days . . .

@ Angela and others - the raccoons and other little's never chewed or broke anything in the Studio Loft NOR the Studio when they were around . . . they were on a 'constant' good behaviour @ all times - strange eh ;)))




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Message 890702 - Posted: 3 May 2009, 5:47:34 UTC
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You seem to have tamed the other Dr. K. :p


There is only one Dr. K here and it ain't me, sister!!!

As for the "taming" part, make no mistake about it... space astro-physicists are wild animals that, if approached at all, should most certainly be approached with the utmost care and the most extreme caution.

If you try to make a space-astrophysicist your pet, please know that he or she will require constant supervision. They are not easily house broken. Despite 15 years of careful training on my part, Eric still leaves his crap all over the place. And you sure don't want to have a bored space astro-physicist around the house. They will dismantle things just to see how they work!!!

Like raccoons, space astro-physicists are naturally curious. Yours may manage to subscribe to about 15 different monthly magazines, yet never have enough time to fully read and recycle any of the issues. Like raccoons, space astro-physicists rummage through trash bins. Yours may frequently pull old computers out of university recycle bins and bring these "treasures" home to you. And like raccoons, space-astrophysicists seem to be able to eat garbage.

No my friends, I do not advise the feeding and taming of space-astrophysicists. Leave them in the wild where they belong and where they will be the most happy.

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Unlike space-astrophysicists, wild speech pathologists are great. Just don't let your wife catch you with one.

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Very funny dear. Very funny.

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Oh darn. Your lovely post about astro-scientists and all other posts since the last reboot have disappeared.
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Message 890789 - Posted: 3 May 2009, 13:46:49 UTC - in response to Message 890632.

Very timely post Angela, as the racoons have come out of hibernation here as well. I have to admit I don't have names for mine, but I do follow their activities through the neighbourhood. This provides me great insight into the minds of racoons, and into the garbage of a few of my neighbours.

Going back to a thread many moons ago, I have new "racoon proof" garbage cans here this spring, and so far they are working.


Hello everybody. This is the first time I've posted on this thread, although I'm a lurker here.

I live along the Allegheny River, and we have many wild critters around here, raccoons, groundhogs, possums, the occassional black bear or deer etc. (I even thought I saw a mini-big foot one night lol). Getting to the point, I have two Akitas and they back down from no one, humans or animals. Over the years some of these wild creatures have ventured into my back yard only to meet their demise. Please, do not take it the wrong way, I do not 'sic' my dogs on them. Akitas are natural hunters. After the first year or so, the animals no longer came near my back yard. I think they spread the word. But most importantly, raccoons 'round here are the number one source of rabies. They are not welcomed by anyone. I do think they are adorable, but here in Western Pa., they are a nuisance.
To set Angela's mind at ease, neither of my dogs as ever harmed a raccoon. I believe that their intelligence keeps them away, perhaps by scent. Please, do not hate me or my dogs, for they are only acting on instinct.

Also, I would like to ask a question. It seems most everybody here has a cat, as do I. Does anyone have a cat who insists on sleeping on top of them. My cat will crawl up on my chest if I'm sleeping on my back, with her nose to mine. If I'm on my side, she will perch herself precariously on my side, on my arm, hip or wherever she can manage. Am I the only person with a cat who is so 'attached' and obviously suffers from separation anxiety?

Respectfully submitted,
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. . . my Lady [Angelina - past context] and we were living in California [Los Angeles] had a cat named 'Flavors' [who has since passed on] used to do ALL those things while Angelina was sleepin'

another really sweet story - short version - Flavors was friends with many a wild animal - that had the opportunity - to grow up with her in LA - and then the little one's as well, grew up and those offspring became friends w/ her

the baby's - Possums, Raccoons, foxes, skunks, etc used to come into our living room [i left the front doors to the Studio open most of the time] and would watch the X-Files, Millenium, etc on the TV with Angelina & i [really cute little's] and they would actually follow the Season Series every week [they were always right on time as well] . . . this went on for over ten years

In other words - i have led a very rewarding life and enjoyed the little critters that loved Angelina & i and Flavors as well [she had a habit of laying extremely close and they would all cuddle up to her] . . .



Richard, that was a great story. :o)...one thing tho, YOU LET A STUNK IN YOUR HOUSE!!!!!


;))))) Karen, that story started with a baby skunk - he's decided to come into the house and didn't see me - when i came around the corner - he freaked and jumped up in the aire a bit - turned his back with the tail raised and made the funniest face we'd ever seen - kept makin' the faces and i realized he was trying to 'skunk' us - but found out - he was too young - it didn't work . . . so along the years as he grew up and he had little's - he & his lady would bring about their young and one or two would venture into the house - though with NO INCIDENTS - ever - and they'd just sit there watchin' the tube - was funny as heck - and, as i mentioned previously - it went on for over ten years . . .

none of the animals ever fought - they'd play about with each other - and the fact be that some of these littles were 'enemies' of each other - though, for some bloody reason - they'd all get along and in the end - they were getting along as adults and then their offspring [so on and so forth] would get along . . .

the neighbors always thought it was a little strange [as they'd tell me so] but when i left - they were still having their fun together and the artist that took over the property - had basically the same thing happen to me . .. i'd ride over to the Silver Lake address and find some little friends watching him paint in the Studio i built on that Property and he'd tell me some wild little stories regarding my little friends - similiar to that which Angelina & i had encountered . . . go figure eh . . .

and, those animals never even got po'd or got agressive @ anytime during those years and they sure all liked Flavors - who always had birds resting on her back while laying on the porch - and there'd be other 'stray' cats sitting off - in the distance - staring @ Flavors and lickin' their chops - wanting to devour the little birds - but - Flavors protected them as well as protected and hung out with the other animals - mostly the babies all day on the porch . . .

and we'd have many species of birds including the hummingbirds from the sanctuary down in El Toro - near StarRoute49 - come and lite on Flavors - it was really astounding to watch as the neighbors would say . . .

strange though - the grown-up little's - would sit a distance from the Studio watching - while their offspring went and watched TV with us - and each generation would continue this practice over & over - thru the years . . .

we loved every minute - it sure was an entertaining life back then - as well as rewarding with those 'friends' . . .

i certainly miss them these days . . .

@ Angela and others - the raccoons and other little's never chewed or broke anything in the Studio Loft NOR the Studio when they were around . . . they were on a 'constant' good behaviour @ all times - strange eh ;)))



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