“I live in a seedy section of town. Squirrels love it.

The night was a strange one. Gracie woke me up twice whining and crying. I just thought she wanted on the bed so I moved for her to jump up and then fell back to sleep. When she stood beside my bed the third time and was whining and crying again, it broke through the nighttime fog of my mind. What in the heck was she doing standing on the floor and why whining. I guessed she needed to go out so I went downstairs and let her out. The poor dog almost fell down the outside deck stairs as they were iced over. She disappeared for a while, and because of the ice and slipping, I went looking. She was on the deck eating plants. Gracie didn’t feel good. That’s what it was all about. I fed her some spider fronds but she was still restless. It was five o’clock, an ungodly time of the day unless it’s Christmas or they’re calling your flight. I fed her some more fronds. I turned on the news to keep me occupied while I watched her. By about nine she seemed fine, even ate the treats I had left for her. I didn’t hear her go upstairs, she can be sneaky, but I heard her coming downstairs. I knew she had eaten the cat food. All was well with Gracie. At 9:30, we both went back to bed and we both slept until noon.

I am going to get a weapon, an anti-spawn weapon. When I looked out the window just a bit ago, I saw two red spawns, one at each feeder. At first I just thought it was a trick of the eyes, the sort of reaction Scrooge had when he saw Marley in the door knocker. It wasn’t. I opened the window and screamed like a crazy woman. I must have looked and sounded like an extra from Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” The spawns didn’t care. Their pelts will be mine, metaphorically of course.

To think, I used to love to go to Boston Common and feed the grey spawns, but I was a kid then and what did I know. I thought the spawns were cute, and when they came close and took the peanuts, I was thrilled.

I suppose I can thank the spawns for adding a bit of excitement to my day. That last line is a bit scary but it gives you an idea of how boring my life has been of late.

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8 Comments on ““I live in a seedy section of town. Squirrels love it.

  1. olof1 Says:

    I always go up even if I’m almost sleeping now days when the dogs behave like that, too much work to clean up the mess if I don’t 🙂 🙂 Not a good thing to stumble down the stairs before one is totally woken up and I’m pretty sure one of the dogs will kill me one of these days 🙂 🙂

    I wonder why our squirrels are so shy, even the Jays fly here now days and they are very shy. My problem is Magpies, they scare all the small birds away from the feeders so every now and again I must scare them away. Funny and beautiful birds but pure eviol to be honest 🙂

    Warm and rainy during the day and the ground freeze at night so tomorrow morning will be fun when driving to work, no risk of getting bored though 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Gracie hasn’t ever made a mess in the house. She rings the bell when she wants out, and I usually hear it even from my bedroom. I figured she wanted out to because she needed to go but because she had been salivating the night before so I figured she didn’t feel so good.

      The squirrels keep the birds away from the feeders. I have some wire that I’m going to use to try and prevent the spawns from getting near the seeds.

      It had rained yesterday and last night was in the single digits so the deck had ice all over it. I slid when I got outside so I was very careful walking on the main deck.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Glad that Gracie is doing well. Having a dog suffering with gastronomic problems is not fun especially when it doesn’t turn out well. I don’t know how veterinarians can diagnose an animal’s symtoms when they can’t tell the doctor what hurts.

    Whenever I go to the doctor the pain goes away. A man tells his doctor that it hurts when he raises his arm above his head. The doctor’s advice, “Don’t raise your arm above your head, that will be $150 please”.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob. I still worry about her as she has outlived my other boxers. Every little thing has me imagining big things. I’m the same way about vets. Mine is wonderful, but I figure she is guessing a lot. They do x-rays and all kinds of test, and that’s how the bills get so huge, but I pay for the,. I will always do the best I can of my pets. They are my family. I can’t imagine living without any.

      Ha! That’s an old joke but it makes me laugh!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Glad to hear that Gracie is doing fine.
    Rocky will stand by the bed and make soft, low frequency growling noises in his throat. The effect is much like leaving the stereo bass on and the volume turned down. Creeping irritation. He does this not because he is ill or needs to go out but because Piki Dog is in his spot and Rocky wants me to wake up and move him.

    Yesterday was sunny and very cold. Today is gloomy and cold. All the lights in the living room are on in an effort to make it feel light and sunny. Not working, though.

    The red spawn is bringing in reinforcements. Bad. You could try this feeder:

    I think the fact that one has to stand and watch for the spawns in order to zap them adds to the experience. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Ever since Gracie fell I have been keeping a careful watch. I was a little worried, but she does have an easily upset stomach. She eats the dirty treats she unearths from the yard but other things don’t go well. I am running out of spider plant fronds.

      I was going to the dump today, but it is too cold, and we have had snow showers. I have to go tomorrow as I need to stop at Agway for dog food. That forces me out. Today I’m staying home warm and cozy.

      I would need two. I think the red spawns are now a couple. I saw them chasing each other up and down the trees.

      I agree-wtachong them being zapped would be wonderful!

      Have a great evening!

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    Gracie eating plants was a dog thing,,, they know how to self-medicate. Good to hear you say “all is well with Gracie”. That’s an experienced dog owner’s reaction.

    • katry Says:

      I think my spider plants fronds helped as there isn’t much grass left for her.

      All summer I had pots of tall grass just in case!

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