Friday, June 18, 2010

Black Kitty?

It is that time of year once more. The black kitty cats with the charming white stripe are back in force. Last night as Molly and I were walking, at 10:30pm when the temperature finally dropped to bearable, we had the joy of renewing our acquaintance with our fine furry friends.

We came around the corner and there were a not-so-shy pair of these fine creatures
frolicking in the grass and trees beside the path. Of course Molly desperately wanted to go make friends and I just as desperately wanted to leave the area without making introductions. I was very happy that Molly was on the leash so I could convince her to journey on without saying hello.

Another half mile down the path, we ran into a friend and his dog out walking and stopped to chat. Given the friend had undergone the joy of a fully sprayed dog a few years ago, he decided that a return to the homestead might be the better course of action for the evening. As we walked together, what should we see but another skunk scurrying across the path in front of us.

It is the season of the year to keep one's eyes peeled. The skunks are coming out in force as grub season arrives and they go foraging. It normally might not be too bad, but this year there have already been attacks on humans and animals by rabid skunks in the region.  That means that the normally timid skunks may now charge rather than sauntering off.

The thing that amazes me is the number people who walk within feet of a skunk and think it must be a kitty cat. When you warn them that those kitty cats are skunks, they tend to look askance at you. Maybe their night vision is gone?

In any case, the real question is whether to endure the heat by walking in the light or to endure the risk of skunk by walking in the cool of the night? Which would you do?


  1. I'd be walking in the day. Heat is better than skunk smell any day of the week.

  2. I'll go with the heat too. I can't handle that "skunky perfume."

  3. that's not much of a question...endure the HEAT!

  4. My mother's dog got sprayed a couple years back. I don't know, I'm not a fan of the heat so I don't know if I could endure it, but I'm not a fan of rabid skunks either.

  5. I didn't realize there was a time when they started to come out in full force.

    I'd have to stay home. That smell gives me an instant headache for a week!

  6. Ooo...tough one. I hate heat but I think I'd have to endure it. Take no chances with the smell.

  7. Wow, that's a lot of skunk encounters in one evening. I think I'd endure the heat over being stinky any day. Or I'd just be lazy and sleep through the day instead.

  8. We walk just after sundown, because it is available. I have not bumped into any skunks yet on our walks with new dog, but I used to run at 9 pm and would see plenty then. I don't mind walking at night, but I do need to have the leash and be prepared.

  9. Hmm....good question....since it has been in the 100s here I think I would just sit at home and avoid both!! Attack skunks....scary! Stinky smell from skunks....headache! Heat....heat stroke! Maybe you should opt for an EARLY morning stroll!


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