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My dad is a master fencer. No, not the sword and saber kind. Actual fences. He puts them up all the time. Around the property line, around the garden, around this half of the property to be a different pasture from the other pasture. Even if he never does put the horses in that one pasture, he still fences it. Personally, I always thought the fencing was a little overdone. But, last night, coons visited MY GARDEN again.

I didn’t want a fence, but what can you do? Husband and I dutifully erected a chicken wire fence. We got nothin’ on Dad. It’s too short. It needs to be fixed to the ground in several places or even inserted into the ground. But that would make it shorter. Look, it’s a start. I pointed out to husband that since the garden was now all fenced in, we could get chickens. The chickens wouldn’t be able to eat my greens and beans. Husband must have been secretly amused because the look on his face was definitely not amusement. He just didn’t want me to know how amused and thrilled he was with the idea. I *know* Scamper wants chickens. Junior is game for anything, but he doesn’t understand why we put the fence up. I suspect he will learn to jump it very shortly. We’ll see. If not, I’ll have to let him in there when I’m in there or he’ll get mad. He loves to pester me when I’m gardening. His favorite thing is to see what I’m digging by standing right in front of me with his tail in my face. That way I can’t see, and he can carefully inspect the work at his leisure (or until the human picks him up and moves him.)

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Posted: February 16, 2013
Filed in Project - Cat, Walks in Life


  1. Varmints! They are not only destructive and greedy but pretty fearless too.

    I hope the fence helps. At least more than Junior does…

    Comment by April — February 18, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  2. Junior and Scamper are great about keeping birds out, which saves me many a tomato. They’re decent in arguing with the squirrels too. But other things, not so much. I don’t blame them on the coons. Those things are terrorizing machines. They’re mean, ugly and have nasty personalities. And they dig up gardens.

    Comment by Maria — February 18, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  3. And you don’t want your cats challenging coons. I’ve seen the results and it isn’t pretty for the cats.

    Comment by Elisabeth — February 20, 2013 @ 6:06 am

  4. Oh they wouldn’t. They’re both pretty smart when it comes to danger. I don’t want them challenging skunks either…

    Comment by Maria — February 20, 2013 @ 8:14 am

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