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Open letter to the dogs of Maple Leaf

November 22nd, 2011 by Mike

We received this email from Caroline, co-operator (with me) of the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis:

“Dear dogs of Maple Leaf,

“The Dog Oasis is sustaining nightly raccoon attacks and its operators have decided to bring in the treat jar at night for the foreseeable future to discourage the thieving varmints. Sorry!”

We appear to have successfully trained a family of raccoons to operate screw-on lids.

One friend has suggested we put an alphanumeric combination lock on the treat jar, post the combination on the oasis, and see how many weeks it takes the raccoons to learn to read.

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Dog Oasis gets donation of raccoon-thwarting jar

August 23rd, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis is happy to thank Elly for the donation of a new treat jar  to the popular canine attraction at the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

And not just any jar.

THIS jar has a sturdy handle molded right into the body of the jar. Try and get through that, masked bandits!

Last Friday morning dogs being walked along 12th were left bereft after the Dog Oasis suffered an overnight raccoon attack.

The previous jar could only be tethered to the oasis by a flimsy handle that didn’t stand up long to raccoon teeth and paws. It was MIA by first light (and later recovered in a neighbor’s back yard).

The Dog.Oasis has been getting by on a temporary jar since, but THIS jar is now in place, thanks to Elly.

While we’re on the subject, the Dog Oasis maintainers (that would be me and Caroline) would like to remind folks to screw the lid back on fully after treating their dog. Otherwise squirrels, which aren’t strong enough to steal the jar but ARE able to pry off an ill-secured lid, clean us out about once a month.

Incidentally, there have been quite a few raccoon comments on the original post. You can read them here.

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Masked marauders burgle Maple Leaf Dog Oasis

August 19th, 2011 by Mike

This morning there was something missing from the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

And a plaintive note on the D.O. white board from a dog who didn’t get his anticipated biscuit treat.

This is not the first time the treat jar has disappeared from the Dog Oasis. We suspect bands of marauding raccoons.

That’s why the treat jar is locked to the fence with a retractable bicycle lock, installed after several jars were found dismembered up and down the block. (The Dog Oasis is at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.)

In fact, several hours later the current jar was found, lid off and handle broken, in a neighbor’s backyard.

Raccoons can be incredibly strong, and often travel in packs. There’s a theory that they have a circuit here in northeast Seattle, swinging through our neighborhood about every 5-6 weeks.

In fact, we’ve heard one other report of smashed yard fixtures from overnight, this one on Northeast 94th Street just east of 15th Avenue Northeast.

Anybody else spot marauders  recently?

Maple Leaf Dog Oasis pre-predation.

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Raccoon alert – inside the house!

June 28th, 2010 by Mike

Kate writes to warn of an unusually bold raccoon:

There has been a raccoon on the block of 12th between 90th and 91st, it has been going in homes looking for food and it’s quite bold.

The crows squawk when it is on the move; your article on the crows reminded me of the raccoon.  Anyway, it has been in our yard, in the house across the street, probably in our house (through the cat door) and all along fences in the backyards.  Would be nice if we could get a photo for the blog!

We’d love to have a photo!

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