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Argh! Your cooking is not up to my standards!

Since the release of Pets in Space, we’ve been all about the pets around here, but I have not only been owned by domestic pets. Here’s a story you may have missed when it first posted:

I have been owned by many pets, but I have also—entirely without planning—coexisted with what the hubs and I like to call our “wild kingdom.”

Since we have mostly lived in cities since our marriage, I did not expect to have trouble with critters in my house. The worst of our wild kingdom“roommates” were the woodpeckers that moved into our attic for a brief time. Right above our bedroom. My head still aches remembering.

Most startling award goes to the squirrel who moved into the vent hood above the stove. When said vent hood quit venting our cooking smells, I didn’t give it much thought. Until the day I was cooking something or other and the vent hood—hissed at me.

Now I’ll admit what I was cooking was not up the New Orleans standards. But it wasn’t that bad.

I tipped my head, took a closer look. Noticed little bit of straw poking out the edges around the filter and saw…

Click here to rest the rest of the story, then come back to comment!

You know I love it when people tell me what they think, so please do tell! Did you expect that? What would you have done?

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


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Squirrels With Dissenting Opinions
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5 thoughts on “Squirrels With Dissenting Opinions

  • November 8, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I found a groundhog under my desk! I think it came in thru the pet door.

  • November 7, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I could see that happening at our house. We have had a variety of wildlife interacting with our cats (skunk, raccoon, yorkie), but mostly, they don’t make it into the house, because, like I said, cats.

    However, one day we noticed our indoor cat Ozzy kept starring up at the ceiling. Following his gaze to the ceiling heater vent we saw a mouse peeking through the slats, cute little thing, probably taunting Ozzy. With a house surrounded by outdoor cats and two more that live inside, this situation should never have happened, but at least Ozzy was on the ball.

    Flipping the lever to close the slats worked like a mouse trap, so that with the little critter trapped, my husband loosened he screws holding the vent, removed the vent and took it outside. What he did with the mouse at that point, well, I never asked for details.

    Such is life in the country.

    • November 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      That is hilarious!! Our levers didn’t work that way but man, would have been sweet!!

  • November 7, 2016 at 5:58 am

    The anthology is marvelous! Your story made me do a “spit take”

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