Hooligans, Squirrels and a Cheshire Cat

| 2/26/2011 9:53:48 PM

A photo of Mary Want to know how important you are to your dogs?

Just come home from a long day at work and arrive just a few minutes after your Mom has given each a big ole ham bone.

You’ll come down to earth very quickly. No tail wagging, not a glance at you, no nothing. 


One of my neighbors has a large black and white cat named Noah. Noah is not saintly by any means. His daily routine consists of walking in front of the house in the field across the road looking for my three hooligans. If they are in the front yard, he walks back and forth, rolls, get ups and walks back and forth again and rolls again just teasing the dogs. The hooligans in the mean time are having a hissy fit barking at him.  If they are in the lower forty, he goes down the dry creek and sits on the bank just on the other side of the underground fence. Somehow he knows that the dogs can’t get him and he just sits there grinning at the dogs like a Cheshire cat.  Occasionally the collar batteries are weak and he lands up in the top of a tree. 

 Another critter which likes to play with the hooligans is a squirrel.  It likes to run around in the front yard and if the hooligans spy it, will run up a wild cherry tree just on the other side of the wireless fence, and hop from there to the trees along the creek. I had to replace a section of the fence and moved it back about 15 feet to avoid cancelling out of the signal to the collars by the old wire. Since I moved it, the hooligans can get to the cherry tree and have damaged a nearby native azalea in the chases.  It now has a hooligan cage (as I call my tomato cages) protecting it.  I hope I can free up some for my tomato plants this spring. I’m not sure what the squirrel is after, but I’m missing some of my flower bulbs.   The other day the hooligans had it treed in one of the birch trees in the front yard.  It was as high as it could go and hanging on for dear life.  Patches tried to figure out a way to climb up the tree and did manage to get off the ground a little. Come dark it tried to come down, but was chased back up to the top. 

Mary Carton
3/25/2011 10:05:23 PM

Thanks Cindy. Mary

Cindy Murphy
3/4/2011 10:36:33 AM

Your hooligan tales (tails) make me smile, Mary. I can so picture my own doing the same...only here, it's one black lab and two very less-than innocent cats inside the house, and a whole herd of squirrels outside. The lab is out-numbered wherever she turns! Enjoy your weekend. Cindy

Mary Carton
3/3/2011 10:49:24 PM

Life is never dull around the hooligans. I need to post a picture I call a rare moment of stillness. They are resting until Levi decides to grab hold of Patches leg and drag her across the yard, then it gets started again. Thanks a lot for reading my blog.Mary

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