Remember The Birds?

Today we have visitors of a different kind. A family of little bandits.

They are kinda cute.

My first thought was Raccoons in daylight? They’re rabid!Β 

A quick google search eased my concern, telling me while that could be a reason, it’s not always the case. Many times a new raccoon mama is out searching for food for her babies, and that is what these are, cute little babies! The mama was rumbling around on the ground near the river, while her kits (I’m learning so much from google today!) played in the trees.

Meanwhile, all Basil wanted to do was come outside to play with them. I constantly have visions of him running too far and ending up in the river, so I took him on a walk instead. For all of our Basil Fans out there who have been asking for more of him, here you go! It was chilly this morning, so sweaters were needed.

Little cutie.

Do you ever see critters throughout your day?

If you have a dog, does it have clothes? πŸ˜€



  1. says

    ohmygosh. Those raccoons are ADORABLE!

    Olive does have clothes, but because of her weird Pug shaped body its not often that she has them on because they usually don’t fit properly. Although she does tolerate them surprisingly well.

    • spabettie says

      oh, sweet Olive! πŸ˜€ I sometimes feel like nothing fits Basil either, but there are some Long Dog specific things that are pretty cool! :)

  2. says

    Wow! You got some good photos of your critters. I have a wild bunny in my garden. I saw it last night. I’ve been inspecting my lettuce for nibble marks, nothing yet.

    • spabettie says

      it was funny, there were a few photos where they were playing, and as soon as they noticed me, they were moving slow and kept their eyes on me the rest of the time! πŸ˜€

  3. says

    Awww, these are so cute!

    And in my neighborhood, there are dog clothing stores, and yes, all dogs have great outfits here. Those that don’t have kids (and some that do have kids) have fabulous dogs..and they are dressed to the nines. In outfits far pricier than what I wear!

    • spabettie says

      ha – yep, that’s Basil. we have dog boutiques here too (I cannot resist) and they have some fun stuff! I try not to embarrass him too much, but Basil does have a few hip outfits!

  4. says

    OMG they are actually really cute – and totally do look like little bandits! I’d want to befriend them!! Too bad that’s like dangerous and all, hehe πŸ˜‰

  5. says

    Ok Basil is too cute in his sweater! What a sweetie.

    I don’t see animals in our actual yard very often — but on my running trail I see all sorts of animals: foxes, deer, rabbits, birds, toads, turkeys, etc.

    • spabettie says

      aw, thanks Holly. we think he’s pretty dang cute. πŸ˜€ turkeys!! now that is one thing I never see around here, I think that would shock me! we have a lot of land around here, so we see coyotes sometimes – kinda scary when we have a Little Dachshund running around! there’s a lake close by too, so we have ducks around and HUGE cranes! and at night all the frogs at the lake are LOUD! πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      haa – that is hilarious! Heather WTB just commented that she used to have one!! named Gidget! πŸ˜€ I think they are cute from afar!

  6. says

    Racoons are soooo cute! I saw some in Vancouver & wanted to befriend one so it could come and live with us – but didn’t think the airline would have been too happy to let bring a racoon on to the plane back to the UK! I’ll just have to watch the cartoon instead!

    Basil has a great jumper btw :)

    • spabettie says

      we like watching them too, from the safety of being indoors! they are cute but they do get defensive, especially mamas with new babies!

  7. says

    I don’t always care for pets with clothes but Basil is SOOOO freaking adorable in that sweater!! I kinda want one myself (the dog and the sweater!)…

    • spabettie says

      thank you! πŸ˜‰ I know what you mean, I’m not a fan of “dressing up” the dog just for the sake of it – Basil has a few sweaters and lighter shirts that serve a function! πŸ˜€

  8. says

    How cute! πŸ˜€ I once saw a wild raccoon on vacation in Florida with my parents (I was 6), and we were driving around by car a lot and visiting a lot of places, and one day, there was this raccoon visiting us when we had a lunch picknick somewhere in the green. My dad had bought garlic crispbread, not knowing what garlic was (nowadays I could’ve told him! :D) which we all didn’t like so much, but the raccoon liked it and ate the whole package. πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      ha – I am imagining that raccoon going back to … wherever its family was, being shunned for garlic breath and having heartburn later. πŸ˜‰ garlic crispbread sounds good to me!! πŸ˜€

  9. says

    Those pictures are awesome, Kristina! That first one you could enter in contests and win for sure. Seriously. And the second one, with their positions, looks like you posed them! One of the most adorable sights that we’ve ever seen was a Momma Raccoon crossing the road with all her babies trailing behind. No photos that time … they way too quick for that, thank goodness though for mom and babies. We actually had a rabid raccoon in our yard once. They behave very strangely so you just know something is not right with them. It was an unfortunate experience because our cat had been outside at the time and even though he had his rabies vaccine up to date, he had to be quarantined for a long time afterwards.

    Cold enough for a sweater?! That would be sooo nice right now! Oh, and no clothes for Mr. Sonny, although when he got too warm last week, I did put a soaking wet bandanda on him. He didn’t like it though. He likes to snuggle on blankets and our clothes, but not have anything on. πŸ˜‰

    We have many critters in our woods/on our lakefront and at our mountain/river property. Deer, raccoons, possums, birds, screech owls, blue herons, ospreys, turtles, etc. etc.

    Happy Wednesday!

    • spabettie says

      well, THANK YOU, Shirley!! I really liked that top photo too. Perhaps I will look into that… The mama with the babies crossing the road would have been a great photo – so many missed photos from not having your camera ready – happens to me all the time! Your poor cat, having to be quarantined! When the weather gets hot here I try to do that with Basil, a cool cloth that he doesn’t really care for. He does like to swim in the pool, though, so that’s a plus! :)

      Happy Wednesday to YOU, Shirley! XO

  10. says

    There are 7 dogs in my family and they all have clothes, my three have a warm weather bin and a cold weather bin full. Some of them are actually dog clothes but most of them are from the baby department at Old Navy or the Gap. My brother has the other 4 and even his 40-something pound mixes have clothes out of the kids section, their hoodies are perfect for our dogs. It can be a little tricky to figure out what size they need but it’s like some weird mutant power I have to be able to tell what a dog needs based on weight and seeing their chest/arm build. I have an Italian Greyhound mix and he has the big chest/long legs/skinny neck and waist combo that no dog clothes fit. Not to mention, kids clothes go on clearance all the time and are awesome, how else would my dog Inca have a Batman hoodie in her life? I am aware that clothes on dogs is not generally accepted but my dogs love it, Miss Inca will even pick between two choices and could dress herself if she had thumbs, as it works right now, she pushes her face through the neck hole and knows how to put her arms through the sleeves. I also realize I am one of those crazy dog parents, and I am perfectly okay with this…I moved my dogs from the sunny 30 minutes away from the beach place we had in Maryland to the we only get about 2 months of what could be considered hot weather mountains of North Carolina, their fur isn’t always enough. I also opted for acupuncture, herbs, and cooking her food based on what is considered hot/cold/warm to line up her energies when I was told Inca needed surgery on her neck.

    I think it is awesome that Basil has clothes and can’t wait to see more of his fashion side!

    • spabettie says

      YES – one of our old dachshunds used to wear t-shirts that belonged to my nephew – they were a perfect fit! I LOVE that Inca has a Batman hoodie! and she sounds VERY talented! you may call yourself a “crazy dog parent” but I see it as someone giving premium care to their pups – who are no doubt well deserving. πŸ˜€

  11. says

    aw, the babies are so cute! Spotted an adult one the other day – could’ve been rabid or a mama looking for food but the way it was positioned (kind of hump-backed) creeped me out. Fortunately, it was off in some parking lot and I was in the car.

    I have no pets but if I did have a doggie, he’d so have clothes!

    • spabettie says

      many of them lumber around kind of humped over, but yes, you never know – they are very defensive!

  12. says

    Cute raccoons! We get them around our area now and then, but it’s rare. My parent’s had one trapped in their basement window well once, poor thing.

    Baby totally wears clothes, and she loves them. Looks like a very yummy dinner too by the way!

    • spabettie says

      we have raccoons all over the place here, and bigger animals I don’t want to think about (we think we can see their eyes with the flashlight when we’re walking Basil at night!) :/

  13. says

    So cute! A childhood friend of mine had a pet raccoon, and I’ve always longed for one since then. But alas, I have pet chickens now . . . and I don’t think raccoons are very nice to them.

    • spabettie says

      oh no… those two definitely would not get along! chickens are a much better choice, I think! πŸ˜‰

  14. says

    AWWWW! They are so precious! I never knew baby raccoons were called “kits”! Gotta love Google! I have…or should I say Tiger has a frog friend that has been coming to “visit” at least once or twice a week this summer. And by visit, I mean sticking himself to the back door for hours on end! Haha!

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