Even just five or so years ago, it seemed rare to see a skunk wandering around my residential neighborhood—almost unheard of ten years ago. Usually I’d see them at dusk while camping or walking around the state park, but not in my neighbor’s yard. What happened?
Now that the hot weather has receded, is the time to exercise your dog before the ice on the pavement makes walks precarious. But a few things to be cautious about:
I rolled Buffy onto her back and saw a tiny flea run across her belly. I ran for the flea comb, telling her to ‘stay’. Of course she didn’t, and I had to flip her on her back while I searched through her shaved fur to find the little bugger.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to not have had any of my dogs sprayed by a skunk in the over fifty years that I have had dogs (knock on wood). Several of my dogs have met a skunk while walking loose in the woods or camping and amazingly they listened when I called them to me!