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The Higgins Chronicle Part 2

In part 1 Higgins, a puppy, was attacked on our back porch by a large boar raccoon, his owner intervened, got bitten and had to get rabies shots. Higgins had to have a dislocated shoulder repaired. Now, Higgins has to be constantly watched because he hunts raccoons with a vengeance.

About a month ago he got out, went into the back yard to do his duty...we thought, and treed 6 raccoons, he had to be grabbed and carried from the yard...

Part 2, Higgins returned from a kennel with dog ticks, a couple were missed in the grooming and multiplied, so started our next adventure. We had him on revolution but found out it doesn't work on dog ticks...we also found that flea and tick shampoos don't work, general house insecticides don't work, how we dealt with the ticks without poisoning the dog and ourselves is another story.

During the tick war,(luckily only a week) Higgins developed a new behavior, he would not lay or walk on the floor, he would stay only on specific furniture (we couldn't figure it out, gradually we found out he was avoiding ticks, he could smell the ticks).

Higgins' behavior evolved during this week by the end of the week with the number of ticks significantly reduced, Higgins began leaving his couch from time to time, to hunts ticks...he will smell then look at the location and eat the tick (if I can't beat him to it) and then return to his perch.

The ticks are pretty well gone now, his preventic collar is working and the few ticks that remain no longer attached to him. Dog ticks luckily do not like people.. Hopefully no more adventures for a while for Higgins.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 10:24 PM
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I remember reading about the raccoon attack! Man, if one did not have gray hair already, one surely would have it soon with Higgins and his adventures! Do you have a photo of this feisty little fellow?

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Poor Higgins he wants to hunt and does not like those bad old racoons.

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yeah coons can be bad news. Watch for coon skat too. Not healthy. He's lucky they treed. If cornered, they can do a number on not only a small dog but big ones too. Keep your eyes peeled. He's a real hunter. LOL.

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This is why I believe in pest control. Not a green person--no. I have the pest control people come every three months and if I see a tick or roach or flea, I call them for intermediate service. I believe in poison. So far I haven't killed any pets over the years either because of the poison spray. Now coons are another story. So far my husband is losing the coon battle. They are in his corn patch and have even come up on the upper deck and looked in the doors as if to say "feed me". He won't kill them if they have babies and so far all that he has caught in the live trap have been either babies or nursing mothers which he has let go. But I do not let Rosie out after dark to go potty. That is because of the coons. They could kill her easily and after all that is what pee pads are for.
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