All that activity is good for your heart, Mike. ;^)
You get stupid. ;^|
We have dozens of squirrels in our neighborhood, and they eat everything, especially flowers (destroyed out tulips last Spring) and garden vegetables. The dang things even will dig up potatoes and carrots. City will not allow residents to shoot them, even with a BB gun or a wrist rocket. The populace is so sensitized to any form of weapon that the police get flooded with calls. The things are super-aware of anything that seems like a trap, too. Oh, and we can’t put out poison baits, either. I mean, what if someone’s little lap yap escapes from their yard and gets into that?
I have a hollow cast cement jack-o-lantern, which I put out for a seasonal decoration this year. Last year we burned a pumpkin-flavored candle in it. So far this Fall, I have three broken-off squirrel teeth in the jack-o-lantern. And no, I’m not a bit sorry.
Picasso is about to experience a classic case of “Do unto others …”. His ‘others’ are about to do unto him as he has done to them.
Sadly, way too true.
Shows where your mind is. Those are her tucked-together ballet slipper shoes. Sheesh. ;^P
The key point here is that altering an animal’s borne configuration both has risks and creates discomfort (or worse) for the animal. Cope by training, not alteration.
I had cats for years. Mostly Siamese, or hybrids of same I never had issues with them being destructive, once trained. But I have seen literally hundreds of ‘pets’ that died or were maimed because owners insisted on committing ‘fashionable’ or ‘restrictive’ damage to their pets.
Another of my most insistent peeves is the pet owner who insists that their kitty or pooch gets ‘lonesome’ if left at home. Their solution is to take the pet with them in a car, usually loose, unrestrained. They slam on the brakes, or hit something, or are hit, and now you have a loose ballistic object in the vehicle that is armed with teeth, and possibly claws.
You know those cats and dogs you see that are flattened on the highway? Usually not because of running across the highway, but rather because the owner rolled down the window because “Fluffy just loves to stick his head out into the breeze!” But then ‘Fluffy’ sees a dog or cat in another vehicle – at 60+ mph – and having no idea of relative speeds or consequences, tries to jump over to attack it. THUMP! BAM! Dead pet.
Even if it does not jump, cats and dogs do not have a sense of their eye corneas getting dried out. They don’t blink, and the cornea gets dried to the point of cell death. The corneas go opaque (white) blinding the animal , and the owner can’t figure out why. Ask any vet how many newly-blind young pets he sees each year. Please, people, leave your pets at home.
Marmaduke. This concept was a favorite ploy for Brad Anderson, originator of the strip.
Or perhaps ‘single-minded short-sightedness’ disease. What goes around, comes around.
Hmm. Someone said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” I smell a retribution coming …