When I say preposterous, I mean preposterous. I was recently at a few different pet supply stores, and saw several products which seemed preposterously unnecessary and a downright waste of funds. I frequent pet stores, because that’s where I stock up on kitty litter, cat food, toys and treats for my cat and dog. There are lots of great products available for sale at your friendly neighborhood pet supply store. These five products do not fall into that category!
A bit ago, at the AVMA Convention, I ran into a former colleague at the airport. She now works for Petplan Pet Insurance, which is a neighbor of NSVH, based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. We had a lengthy discussion about the value of pet insurance, and what Petplan offers its customers. Pet insurance is something I advocate regularly, but unfortunately only a small percentage of our clients insure their pets.
Many of you know that the Dr D family lives in a 140-year old farmhouse. Our property also has a gorgeous old barn (which currently houses my husband’s workshop, and provides extra storage for our attic-less and basement-less house.) Since our property slopes downward from the street toward the house, part of the barn roof is actually at ground level. The other day, I was walking by the barn and saw these mysterious tracks on the barn roof.
What on earth could have made these prints on my barn roof? I’ve never seen a stray cat in our neighborhood, but I’m sure it’s possible. I hear there are coyotes around, but I’ve never seen one. Raccoons have long, thin, pointy feet, and these prints aren’t. Yeti? Unicorn? Chupacabra?
My best guess is a fox. We have one who lives in the woods along the perimeter of our farm (we even named our property Fox Valley Farm in honor of our resident fox.) Would a fox climb a low roof like this? It seems odd but I don’t have a better explanation.
Even though we live in the midst of suburbia, the amount of wildlife on our one acre property is amazing. In addition to our fox, we have several red-tailed hawks, gray and brown squirrels, toads, chipmunks galore, rabbits, a band of blue jays and woodpeckers of many varieties. Every day brings a new animal to identify! Clearly with all of this wildlife, I need to improve my tracking skills.
A friend sent this photo of various animal tracks and they do seem consistent with a fox! What do you think?