So, last night we are in the house watching TV, this fun loving frisbee chaser was sleeping at our feet. All of a sudden he growls and the hackles on his back stand straight on end. Not just on the neck, all the way down to the tail they were on end. He and my other dog ran to the door barking and growling. No car had pulled in or anything, what is out there…..
Thankfully, since we didn’t want them barking and waking the neighborhood, we didn’t let them out. 5 minutes later we knew what was out there when the lovely aroma of skunk permeated the whole house. I can only imagine how they would have smelled had we set them lose. A few nights earlier we had let them out and they took off barking, we smelled skunk when we brought them in but we were lucky, they hadn’t been sprayed.
All I could think is, we will have to be very careful letting them out at night if this guy is around. It reminded me of the day I was walking my dog, while we lived in Wisconsin. A skunk popped out of the weeds directly in front of me and the dog. She, of course, wanted to go after it. I grabbed her and we ran the other direction, at least I ran, I was dragging her. The little skunk ran after us, this little black and white critter with the tail straight up in the air, chasing us down the road. It must have been a comical site. All I could think the whole run was, I am so going to stink, he is going to get me, I am so going to stink…. Thankfully we were blessed with NOT being sprayed, the little critter must have realized we weren’t a threat. Either that or it had used up its supply, a skunk can only spray 5-6 times before they use up the supply they have. It can take up to 10 days for them to build up a new supply. They are reluctant to spray because of this.
This afternoon, I headed out for my walk, going down the road I smelled….. you guessed it, skunk. I started looking around, you can smell them if they are just in the area so I was hoping it wasn’t close. Up on the side of the road I see…..
The source of the smell. Great…… it wasn’t moving, we hurried on by, hopefully it won’t see us. On the way home, still there…. my dog found a bloody patch on the road and started sniffing it out. Apparently it was hit by a car and crawled up here to die. Poor guy, didn’t die instantly, hopefully it didn’t suffer long. I hate to think of an animal suffering like this but at the same time…. YAY, no more skunk for me to worry about with my dogs. At least for now.
On a different note, it has been an interesting month. I went to a wedding in a park, thought I would get some good fall colors while I was there too. Never made it that far. The wedding was to start at 2:00, by 2:30 all were there but the minister. She finally showed up, drunk, fell flat on her face. It annoys me to no end that a minister could do this to a couple on such an important day. Her husband was tracked down and she was sent on her way without performing the ceremony. Luckily for this particular wedding, it was a small family group, no reservations and time lines that were critical to keep. They were able to save the day, track down someone last minute to come and do the ceremony and everything worked out.
I passed the time taking some fun photos of people enjoying the day while we found a justice of the peace to come out. This gal was too cute…..
Entertaining the kids with throwing leaves in the air, looked like fun.
Even the dog came to the wedding. What really bothered me, this minister was headed to another wedding after this one. If this next wedding is a large wedding with reservations, relatives from out of town…. she could be ruining a day that can’t be saved as easily, costing a couple a lot of time, money and happiness. I hope she sobered enough by then to not ruin it for them. If she continued to drink, she may have not even shown up. Pretty sad. How many weddings, how many people has this woman let down…. Sad.
On a lighter, more fun note. I was wandering the backyard, since I had the camera out for the walk I continued to seek out shots. It was just too nice of a fall day to stay inside. I ran across this little guy….
He was running from tree to tree and stopped here when he heard me coming. I thought the colors, his orange against the yellow leaves and the white bark were pretty cool for a fall shot.
He started to run away, I kept taking shots as he/she ran and jumped. I caught one in mid flight but the head was cut off, nice shot of a body and tail flying through the trees though. I won’t post that one….
One large, mouse with a bushy red tail….
Still, something playful and fun to photograph. Look at the size of those feet, the long toes…… I suppose that helps grasp those tree branches.
Grasping for take off, he/she pulled itself by the front feet, launched into the air and disappeared into a tree where I was no longer able to photograph it. Cute little buggers huh?
They are saying another perfect fall weather day for tomorrow, I may have to take the camera to the park and see if I can get some more fall shots. The leaves are falling rapidly, not a lot left on the trees but there are still some areas that are colorful to shoot.