Backyard Bandit

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Backyard Bandit

A couple of weeks ago, while finishing up dinner, I noticed this thing that looked like a cat up in the big Maple tree at the end of our fence. The eyes aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be so squinted a bit and found this guy getting comfortable. Cute eh?

So I grabbed up the camera with my longer lens and went out to shoot the critter. It (she/he) was not too pleased to see me and when Liddy finally noticed it — such an observant dog – not – if its not a squirrel or on the ground, seems she doesn’t see anything — the raccoon scampered much higher up the tree.

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Foiled Getaway

Liddy does have a loud voice and isn’t afraid to use it.

These guys are a worry for me. I’m sure Liddy could hold her own against one, but they have very sharp claws and I expect they have a bit more experience using them than does my 40 pound lap dog.

They also travel in packs. We spooked three of them up into a tree while on our evening walk last year. Good thing they understand that discretion is the better part of valor. Or he who fights and runs away gets to fight another day.

Oh well… just another suburban Northwest Moment. The are cute though.