When we started noticing the cat's food bowl was constantly empty, we suspected that "Grandpa Cat", so named because our granddaughter calls him that, was sneaking around and eating it. Little Kitty doesn't seem to mind him, but he won't come to me and let me pet him or hold him, and like the raccoons, he runs up a tree the minute Gracie tries to be friends. Anyway, I decided to put the deer camera down by the cat food, and see if we could solve the mystery.
So after seeing the evidence, I figured out that I needed to bring the cat food in at night. I know, you'd think I would have figured this out after the time I caught the raccoon in the garage before we converted it to a man cave. But, since bringing the food in at night, I thought the raccoons would go down the street and steal from the neighbors (which it turns out, they do anyway).
Last night we were getting ready for bed and I thought I would let Gracie go out one last time. When I opened the door, she pushed the outer storm door open and right there in front of us was all four raccoons finishing up the last few kibbles of cat food. I ran out after the dog and of course, the raccoons took off running. The three little ones scurried up the first tree and the mama went to the second tree with Gracie close on her tail. That thing made the ugliest hissing sound which scared me more than Gracie.
While Eva searched for our flashlight, I grabbed the .22 and slipped on my shoes so I could get Gracie back in. I saw the big one in the tree but wanted to get Gracie in the house, lest I shoot the raccoon and have it drop down and now have to deal with the dog wanting to lick a dead critter.
By the time I came back outside ready to go all Rambo on the raccoons, they had taken advantage of the opening and scurried away. I'll be honest, I'm not a hunter (not that I'm opposed hunting, at all), and the idea of shooting these critters doesn't appeal to me in the least, but I'm pretty sure the cuteness has run its course. That cat does not seem to care about the raccoons. In fact during all the commotion, she just sat there watching with little interest. But the idea of Gracie getting ahold of one of these guys (or one of them getting ahold of her) does not interest me at all.
Eva wants me to sit outside like a sniper in hiding tonight, then start picking them off when they come back. I think I may just bring the cat food in earlier. And keep the gun close by.
(Meanwhile, country folk everywhere are laughing hysterically saying, What a dumbass.)
------<<<>>>------We caught up on a few movies Saturday. Admission with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. I caught the first 10 minutes and slept through everything until about the last 20 minutes. That was a nice little movie. We also watched This is the End with all the popular comedians. Lots of good laughs but really, really stupid. I'd recommend it for people who have no real taste in movies. Oh, on Friday night we sat out in the man cave and watched The Purge. That was a good one.
------<<<>>>------Monster Burger located just north of SW Military on Pleasanton Road.
Eva had the Chupacabra which is the basic burger. You'll notice the fresh lettuce, and fixings and the seasoned fries that come with it. The hand packed patties are moist and delicious, the toasted buns fresh and soft.
------<<<>>>------Hey, since I'm here anyway and it seems like I've been slacking off on blogging the past few months, what say I leave you with some deer pictures.
This little guy has really been sticking around here for a few weeks. The other day, I walked outside and he was up close to our porch but as soon as he saw me he was off like a shot and over the fence where he promptly stood there and looked at me. I think he is thirsty since he was close to the water hose.