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Animals are not dumb. Just ask them!Posted Monday, November 24, 2008, at 1:23 PM
Well..... maybe we can not exactly ask them, but I would bet a number of us have examples of some intelligent actions by both wild and domestic animals.
A video sent to me today of a raccoon entering through a pet door and enjoying the pets food made me think of our local raccoons during a short time that we did not have dogs.
A family would come in to our attached greenhouse on a nightly basis to eat our cat's food. The cats never went hungry and the coons were a little intimidating so they were never challenged, at least by our cats.
We decided that sooner or later there would be some difference of opinion so we decided to lock up the food in a latched closet. It may have taken two days beore those raccoons learned how to unlatch the door and were once again feasting.
I went out and confronted them a few times, but they were not impressed by me standing 2 feet away and shouting, so it was time to adopt another dog. We did and they moved on, but during the 2 week or so period, we got to know their different personalities.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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