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Here comes that skunk again!

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Saturday August 1, 2009

Meadowlands, MN (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Came across the lawn while I stood in the doorway watching and taking pictures the whole time! When it started up the steps I said "Hi Petunia!" and it took off back across the lawn and dissappeared. It was out here on the porch yesterday in broad daylight, too--I think if I left the door open it would stroll right on in and make itself to home. Wouldn't that be a shock to walk out of my office and be nose to nose with it? (the cats could care less--as seen by Kiki just looking at it. She went right back to eating.....)

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24. minnesotamom
1:24 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Great one, Gene! :D

Thanks for your note, jeans! No, the cats rarely get themselves sprayed. They're really curious about the skunks but have sense enough to keep their distance most of the time. Dogs are dummies when it comes to skunks and constantly get themselves sprayed time after time. I use the laundry soap ALL-Free Clear and it neutralizes the odor completely. Just have to be careful not to get it in their eyes though! :-)
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23. jeans
6:30 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
The cat sure does look suspicious. Hope kitty didn't get sprayed. I had a friend years ago who had a dog that got sprayed - getting rid of the smell sure wasn't fun.
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22. Clabo
5:37 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
A'ight... :D
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21. minnesotamom
4:00 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
LOL!!!! TOOOOO funny!!! Thanks for the laughter!!
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20. Clabo
3:44 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
"Stroll right on in", eh? Like this?


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19. minnesotamom
2:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2012
LOL! Thanks, Mindi!! I've had them come right up and sniff my feet, plus gone out there and yelled at them from just a few feet away to get out of my expensive cat food and never had them spray! They'd rather run away. :D (there's another pic in here somewhere of one right by my bare feet)
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18. BEME
5:33 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
HA HA KATHY!! THIS IS REALLY CUTE!!! I think they just love trailer porch steps,,reminds me of a similar experience many years ago,when I had to chase two off out of the garbage bag I stupidly set out on the porch and forgot about!! Luckily they did'nt spray me,,lol!! :))
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17. easyshare
5:52 AM GMT on January 02, 2010
Skunks and porcupines two cute but not cuddly creatures. We have them here as well but I've never actually seen them. I've only seen or smelled the evidence of their presence.
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16. minnesotamom
4:32 AM GMT on August 08, 2009
Loved your take on the whole fiasco, gingyb!! :) Skunks do seem to bring out the funny in all of us, don't they?!! Thanks for your comments :) Kathy
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15. gingyb
10:47 PM GMT on August 07, 2009
The story is Bambi, By DIsney, Thumper, Petunia and Bambi
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14. gingyb
10:45 PM GMT on August 07, 2009
Oh my gosh that is funny. Love it
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13. minnesotamom
5:02 PM GMT on August 06, 2009
Brave or just plain foolhardy, Susan??? Yes, until I fenced the dogs in with small mesh so wild animals can't get in with them (I hope) they were always getting sprayed too. I discovered that "All, free-clear" laundry detergent will neutralize the odor completely, mixed in a fairly heavy solution and let soak a few minutes, then rinsed off good so the dog can't lick any of it off itself and get sick. That stuff works miracles with any odors--even cat!!
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12. got2dogs
4:33 PM GMT on August 06, 2009
I don't know who's the bravest you or the skunk!!! You're a brave soul Kathy! Of course, my silly dogs would go after it and then ohhhhh the clean-up job!..........take care and have fun, Susan
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11. minnesotamom
3:18 PM GMT on August 04, 2009
It showed up again during daylight yesterday evening and I opened the door and talked to it (it was only about 3 feet away)for quite a while but it didn't run away--the tail was up so I was ready to slam the door, but it never sprayed--just pretty much ignored me. It got a little excited when the kittens heard me and all came running up the steps near it but it's taming down pretty nicely. (Yeah, wait till it sprays the front door and see what I have to say THEN!!!) Grin!
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10. ack19lds
4:50 AM GMT on August 04, 2009
I love it! Imagine, making friends with a skunk!
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9. minnesotamom
3:04 AM GMT on August 03, 2009
Karen---awww, c'mon, coward(laughing!!)---just grab that camera and march over and get one of those close-ups you do so well in your flower shots--after all, I've named it Petunia!! Grin!!:)
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8. Butlerdidit
3:00 PM GMT on August 02, 2009
I like photo ops as well as the next person, but I'll pass on this one! I prefer to enjoy from afar. Thanks.
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7. eireseeker
1:38 PM GMT on August 02, 2009
Petunia! I love it...
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6. minnesotamom
11:59 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Benn :) I can't remember what story it was back when I was young but there was one about a skunk who's name was Petunia--it seemed apt for such a "fragrant" critter, especially after it had already sprayed one of the cats!
Tishu :) Yes it looks like it's only about half to 3/4 grown--that's probably why it's so gutsy--it hasn't been around long enough to be really wary of humans. Nope, no adult or other youngsters. It seems to have taken up residence under the old house in my yard :) Yay!
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5. Tishu
7:25 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Was there just the one skunk? It doesn't look like an adult. How long has it been coming around? Nice picture.
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4. BearLeThere
4:44 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Petunia? Aren't you afraid it'll get a complex ;)
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3. BiloxiJim
3:22 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Love the picture, for some reason our cats dont seem to mind the skunks and visa versa, but they sure dont like our dogs. They've been sprayed twice. Jim
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2. minnesotamom
2:46 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Thanks! Yes, I've seen how poor their vision is--it's nose sure is excellent--this one sure is persistent about that cat food! I have no choice because I have both indoor and outdoor cats who won't have anything to do with each other. I've been thinking of mounting a stand on the porch railing to feed the outdoor cats on so "Petunia" won't be able to eat me out of house and home! :)
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1. paintedredhawk
2:08 AM GMT on August 02, 2009
Their vision is very poor, so they sniff & listen. When I see them here, I always speak to them so they know where I am. So far, no sprays! Enjoy Petunia!
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Hi! My name is Kathy and I live in northern Minnesota, USA, where the winter temps have dipped down to -60º below zero F. The summers used to be mild but in recent years have been up in the 90ºs---too hot for me. I love being able to travel the world from my office chair, through all your great photos! I've learned tons about photography and editing photos thanks to all the great people on here and their willingness to share tips. Thank you to all you Wunderfriends who take time to look and leave notes---I deeply appreciate it. :-)free hit countersCreate your own visitor map!

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