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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rocky and Rachel Raccoon

Pre-dogs in our family, we had two raccoons that would come up on our porch each evening, after the outside lights were out and we were in bed. We discovered it one night when my husband and I were awakened to a very loud noise outside; we came downstairs, went all around the inside of the house and found nothing. Then we heard it again; we went outside, and looked all around. We have a large metal trash can on the porch where we used to keep animal food. Upon lifting the wooden top my husband had built and hinged to the can, we saw a precious raccoon down inside the can. He had gotten in and could not get out! We left the top open, came inside and let him climb out! I was in love with the beautiful little creature! We began watching every night and would see them come up on the porch and sniff around, looking for some type of tasty morsel. Usually our girls were in bed and asleep by this time (our son had not been born yet). We began opening the window beside our recliner that goes to the floor and would hold our hand out, palm up and flat with an Oreo cooking on it. Over time they would get closer and closer, wanting so badly to retrieve the Oreo, but being skeptical of our intents. I insisted we wake the girls up and let them come and at least watch, if not participate. So we began waking them up and bringing them downstairs to observe, telling them they had to be still and quiet (which was not that difficult since we usually awakened them out of a deep sleep). After a few nights of the raccoons retrieving the Oreos out of our hand and coming back for "seconds", our girls decided they needed to be named. So, "Rocky" and "Rachel" became a part of our nighttime ritual for a short while....until we got a dog....and the rest, as they say, is history! Sweet, sweet memories!


Lynnette Kraft said...

Hi Lisa. I came over to see what you were up to and saw that you had a Wednesday's Walk, but didn't remember yours listed. So, I'm assuming you forgot to link up (I did it for you - I hope you don't mind). :)

Cute story. We've also had raccoons come and eat the cat food off of our front porch. It was cute. We got some pictures of that. It wasn't quite so sweet when the possum was on the porch. They are GROSS!

Thanks for sharing. BTW, CUTE new blog design.

Becca said...

What a sweet story. I bet that was an experience for your girls. Thanks for sharing!

mrosev14 said...

That is so cool. I love raccoons and think that are so cute and mischievous. I think that if I didn't have dogs, I too would see some of these little bandits in my yard.

Sally-Ann said...

Great memories! We had a baby racoon in our backyard in Minnesota. He loved peanut butter!

Linda said...

Lisa, your Rachel and Rocky racoon story was fun. I am too big of chicken to ever hold out my hand to feed a racoon an Oreo. But I could picture you guys doing it.

I never know what you will be writing about, but I know I am going to enjoy it. I like being your blogger friend!


Abigail Kraft said...

I think raccoons are adorable! We had a monstrous one prowling around our porch quite a bit a couple years ago, and it was kind of fun to see it out there every evening. :)

Thanks for sharing your memories!
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