Sunday, July 25, 2010

Securing The Perimeter

Last night I took the dogs out about 10:00 PM
I guess I had got pretty confidant there wouldn't be
any skunks in the back yard.
I was sitting on the porch visiting with my husband,
when something hit the swimming pool fence hard
enough to make it sound like a gate closed.
Sasha started barking and she was barking like she
could see something out in the yard.
My husband said, that he was going to go get a flashlight and
went in the house. He went out our bedroom door, with the flash
light in hand, and I could see from where I was, three sets of
eyes reflected in the light. Two of the cats were watching the skunk.
I jumped up and put the dogs in the house as quick as I could.

We knew this morning we must secure the perimeter today.
We walked around the fence today and we did find places, where some
thing could have dug in or had dug in. I kept thinking, why after
I got rid of the roosters.

We also used the Mantis on the chicken pens and they are all cleaned
with fresh dirt and I sprayed cob webs down and just cleaned.
I sent my son out to take care of his rabbit, you know normal
stuff, thinking we were safe, it was broad day light.

Later I was taking some leftover salad out to the chickens and as
I came out the back door the above skunk was coming toward me
along the side by the fence. I ran in and told my husband that the skunk was
in the back yard, so he came out and the kids came out and we
watched it a bit.

The problem now was the perimeter was secured. It couldn't get
out the gate. Now we know where it was getting in just through
the gate. It pushed and tried to dig and as we watched it and I took
pictures, I told my husband we were going to have to open the gate
so it could get out.

I told him to grab his cell phone and I would get mine and I would stand
in the back and when the skunk went away from the gate, he could open it
so the skunk could get out. Which is what we did, then the skunk did, pushed
on the gate with his little face and went out. Just like he owned the place.

Then he walked around the front of the house to
the front flowerbed and went to sleep. I went out
very quietly with my camera, and took this.
But, my turn coat cat who last night made friends
with said skunk, we caught her touching noses with
the skunk. She started meowing and woke the skunk
up so I ran back in the house. She hung out with it
while it slept, it must have been hot. It is after all
a baby.
I found later where it must have slept the afternoon away
underneath the rabbit hutch. So we worked out there
all day with a skunk very close.

Our cat who is now friends with the skunk, just sits
and watches it as it bumbles along. Now at night I guess
I will have to carry a flash light before I can let the dogs
go outside.
It is little and very cute, I do wonder how hard it would be
to tame.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, for His wonderful works to the children of men!

(Psalm. 107:6)


Jacque. said...

Well, I'm not gonna come visit on your porch if you have a skunk in your yard! Seriously. Dang cute, but I wouldn't be trying to tame it.

Razzberry Corner said...

What happened to mama skunk? Is she going to return for her baby? Does the skunk smell? I would guess not if you and your cats don't mind it being around. I don't know, it may be cute now, but it will grow up and learn to be stinky...

Kessie said...

Oh my gosh! You finally got good pictures!

Sounds like you have a pretty tame skunk. He probably wouldn't spray unless you stepped on him or the dogs bit him. He'd probably be pretty easy to trap, if you wanted to.

Farm Girl said...

I wish I could have got a picture of what he did when the cat meowed. He just looked up at me and then just laid his head down. I am sure I could tame it. It never even left the yard all night.

Meg said...

Oh my goodness that is the tiniest, cutest little skunk I have ever seen. His hair's all crazy! :D

Farm Girl said...

Yeah, when he was just laying in the flowerbed, he was so cute, I just wanted to go over and pet it. It was sleeping so soundly just watching it breathe was sweet.

mariel said...

sounds like sin..cute at first, but it can sure make the whole place stink!! We need to protect our own perimeters, too.

Janean said...

kim, my heart raced just seeing this stinkin' little creature. then with your scripture, i was thinking what i could be thankful for in your situation. i got it! not getting squirted by it or its parents. ewwww God IS good indeed. :)

great photos, brave woman!

Kessie said...

I wonder if you could get some mealworms and offer them to him?

...and then what do you DO with a pet skunk, anyway?

Farm Girl said...

Well, he is out sleeping in a tree well on the side of the house. Dad was out looking at trees, when he just looked down and there he was sound asleep.

Genny said...

It's just adorable! Don't you remember Pepe L'Pew who fell in love with the little cat who had a painted stripe down here back? She ran from poor Pepe with a sweet little le mew, le purr. I'd love to have a tame baby skunk.

Anonymous said...

O my -- I could in no way have this cute little thing around -- here where I live they should have called this place skunkville -- lol -- keep safe!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hello Kim, So happy that you stopped by for a visit. About the doors you may aquire, I say go for it. They are white you mentioned and if they are not old enough for you in the way of the paint finish you can always take a sander to them as I do to most of my pieces. You know you can just lean a door against the wall and it will make a great euro flea market statement :)

they may make a great headboard to a bed as used in a set. I just cannot wait to see what you do with the doors!!

Thank you dear friend for your support and comments you leave on my postings.

Love your passion.

Marie said...

one word girl .... rabies ..... becareful it may not be as tame as you think ....