I’m pretty much a zombie today. At about 2:45 am this morning, our dogs went insane. They started barking a bark of immediacy, so I had to get up to make sure everything was all right. Was it an intruder? A fire (God forbid). Something wrong with one of the children?
I looked the house over from end to end, and found nothing out of the ordinary. but my dogs would not stop barking. Then I noticed that our oldest dog, Missy, was “speaking” with a bark that was rather strange: mixed into about every third yelp was a snort. Even in my Ambien-induced stupor, I could tell that her heightened sense of smell was setting off an alarm in her.
So I stopped using my eyes, and started using my nose. And sure enough, it was unmistakable: Pepe Le Pew had left a calling card in our front yard.
It’s a good thing I didn’t let the dogs out during all of this.
The dogs were inconsolable; we couldn’t stop the barking. We don’t have a huge house, but the rooms are quite big, and have hardwood floors. Every noise echoes, and it is impossible to ignore barks.
So this went on for about 30 minutes. It’s a good thing our neighbors didn’t call the police on us.
So, now we have not only coyotes and a fox to worry about (along with a groundhog we don’t worry about – he’s too fat to hurt anything), we have a skunk setting up residence in our neighborhood. Great.
Our dogs do not do leashes well (neither do we), and invisible fences might keep our dogs in our yard, but they don’t keep critters out. Looks like we’re going to have to put up an unsightly chain-link fence this spring, if not sooner.
Living in West Meade is wonderful, but sometimes being surrounded by little mini-forests, and the critters that live in them, is a little rough.