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A Muskrat Is On My Porch Today

A muskrat is on my porch, sneaking around. 
I have caught a glimpse of parts of it, but today I saw it.
In its ugly wholeness. Except maybe it is not a muskrat.
There is no ugly muskrat-like tail.

It is as big as two rats, big ones, and it has dark fur.
The fur looks a little scruffy. It is short and fat.
I did not see its eyes, but I saw its corpulent body as it ran.
Not off the porch but toward the screened in porch where it lives.

That is great news, as this is where the dog-door is also.
It is not a muskrat anymore, because I looked it up.
It is a groundhog, which might explain the burrow holes in my porch.
I have put a live trap out with oranges, but it is too smart for the trap.

I said to my husband, why are the dog and cat allowing this to be here?
They get too much food, he told me. They have their little friends.
I looked at the opossum and the raccoon, feeding on cat food. 
“Is that right?” I asked them. They both sneered, ignoring me too.

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Date: 1/8/2019 10:08:00 PM
tame animals are quaint friends of this life/ beautiful poem
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/9/2019 1:06:00 AM
We have woodland animals greeting us daily.
Date: 1/8/2019 9:40:00 PM
so funny picturing this. True tale? I remember seeing the raccoon stealing my father in law's cat's food!!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/8/2019 9:46:00 PM
We have an average of six critters on our porch nightly - seven if you count the headless mouse.
Date: 1/8/2019 6:49:00 PM
Nice write Caren, I guess it won't be long now before thee bush rats will be up in our roof. poor little things, we have to exterminate them. I guess they have to eat too. I enjoyed the read, my friend....Peter
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/8/2019 9:46:00 PM
The fun of living in the country, hey Peter?
Date: 1/8/2019 1:06:00 PM
Open borders...just kidding...lol!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/8/2019 9:47:00 PM
They could not be much more open. We have a DOG door with a mere flap. We need live traps inside the house.
Date: 1/8/2019 5:26:00 AM
Yeah, everybody eats! Really though, sneering at the hand that feed them? Ugh! How rude! Cute poem.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/8/2019 9:47:00 PM
I know. They are so cocky and comfortable here. I dare not open a cookie wrapper as they all recognize the sound now.