My house has some serious hills.
Mowing them is an involved process. I have to mow the top, then about 1/3 of the way down, then go to the bottom and mow up and then where there are a lot of big rocks I have to hit it with the weed wacker.
My neighbor who has substantially less hills uses a lawn care service. Said neighbor doesn't seem like they'd spend a lot of money on anything so I have to find out who she uses. They appear to be a bootleg lawn outfit because the truck they come in has no markings. They just so happened to show up while I was in the middle of mowing my own lawn. I planned on running over to them but they were done and gone by the time I came around the corner.
So anyway-- I don't hate mowing the lawn, it gets me outside, it gets me closer to my five mile a day goal, it's good exercise (although the guy doing the lawn down the street is kinda fat so I'm not so sure about that) and at least now while the weather is 10/10 it's not that bad.
After I was done we spotted the biggest raccoon I've ever seen. To be honest I'm not sure I've ever seen a raccoon before, but this was bigger than I thought they were. It was about 6x the size of my Yorkshire Terrier. We don't tie Austin up outside by himself so no worries about him being lunch. I tied him outside once while I was working in the driveway about twenty feet away, and hawks started circling over him so I decided he should stay near me while we're outside.
The raccoon behaved oddly, but again I'm not a raccoon expert. He could have come down, sat at my deck chair, poured himself an iced tea and read a magazine and I guess that would have been odd behavior; but this time he climbed down one of the massive trees we have, stopped about halfway, then went further, then turned around and started to go back up, then down, then he ran under my deck and then back to the tree.
That was odd enough for me to call the Po Po Animal Control who responded in seconds. The officer who arrived had a cage and a hook on a pole. We walked to the back, crawled under the deck, looked pretty much everywhere and then he determined that it was probably a healthy mother raccoon because it was so large, and it had balance as it climbed down the tree. Probably not rabid. He suggested I get some ammonia and pour it all along the edges of my deck to keep her away.
He also said the raccoon was probably looking for food for her kids, and was out during the day because the bears are keeping them inside at night.
Yup. Apparently my neighborhood, which is on the outskirts of the city, is home to several bears, coyotes and other wildlife creatures wandering around at night. Interestingly enough, last night on my walk at 1130pm with Austin I thought I saw what looked like a very large cat walking further up the street, but it had the shape of a dog but moved really low. Very possibly a coyote.
Looks like I'll start carrying a shotgun while I walk the dog at night.