Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Cat Named MOUSE

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BACKYARD SHENANIGANS: Skunk Sweeps Series – Macduff’s defeat “most foul”

……VS…… At the end of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the king is presented as a tormented soul looking to muster up some courage as his life falls apart. A victim of his own ‘vaulting ambition,’ Macbeth sees his reign as king disintegrate as a series of prophecies come true. In his final act, Macbeth, cornered by the noble Macduff, implores his opponent to fight. “Lay on, Macduff,” Macbeth says, “And be damned he that cries, ‘Hold, enough!’” This is Shakespeare’s fancy way of saying, “We’re gonna fight and one of us is gonna die!” In this case, Macbeth is slain by Macduff as the king’s murderous era comes to a close.   … Continue reading

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BACKYARD SHENANIGANS: Skunk Stinks Out a Win in Round 2!

……VS……   There is nothing more humiliating for a dog than to be stopped in his tracks by the pungent perfume of  a skunk. When a dog runs toward a skunk, the logical assumption is that the dog’s superior physical abilities will force the pest to run for it’s life. Instead, the skunk stops dead in its tracks and lets ‘er rip. The skunk spray might be the best animal defense in the urban jungle – a lesson Reilly was about to learn for the second time in his young life. Game 2: Skunk 2, Reilly 0 A year almost to the day after Reilly was sprayed by a skunk … Continue reading

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BACKYARD SHENANIGANS: Skunk Takes Round 1!

…VS…   Spring is a time of great anticipation. People look forward to seeing the snow melt away, the birds return to their perches, the trees burst with leaves, and the grass poke its way up through the ground. And spring also signals the resurrection of any number of animals from their winter slumber.   As you know from what I have written previously, my dog has a delightful demeanor to complement his incredible cuteness. However, when spring comes, and all manner of wildlife re-enter their natural habitat, Reilly becomes a crazed canine eager to protect his turf. When he is patrolling our backyard compound, he surveys every inch of … Continue reading

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