Join Date: Dec 2015
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There's a raccoon on my porch! Poop concerns!
For the past two nights Chi-Chi has been waking us up barking and growling. I'm talking every hour or so all night. It was troubling enough that hubby actually went outside to check on things. Friday night he noticed the pet gate at the top of the stairs had been knocked down but since nothing else was disturbed, he thought maybe we had knocked it loose climbing over it and then it was downed by the wind. Saturday night, same behavior. After the second time I took her from bed and into her crate with a few treats and she slept the entire night. This morning, I took her outside as usual and instead of running into the front with me, she went to the back porch. Which was strange, but I thought she just wanted to play in the fresh snow. But she started barking and would not stop. I finally went to check and she was barking at an insulated cooler bag on the porch. At first I thought there was a blanket in it and it looked weird to her. Upon closer examination I saw fur! Now I'm thinking big stray cat. I grabbed Chi Chi up and ran inside. I opened the blinds and tapped on the window and it turned its head towards me and my heart stopped. Big raccoon!! I'm so grateful it didn't attack my baby out of fear when she kept barking at it, but I am now wondering how long it's been hanging out and if Chi Chi may have eaten poop. I've been successful at keeping her from other poop while on walks because she's always on leash. But she's been known to have a treat of her own when she goes on the Ugodog we keep on the porch. Should I be concerned?