Fandango’s Flashback Friday — July 29th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 29th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on July 29, 2017 when we still lived in the city.

Pest Control

A present from our cat

I live in a high density urban environment and a fact of life when living in the big city is pests. Pests like mice, raccoons, and rats.

But my wife and I have enlisted an efficient and economical method of pest control. We have a dog and a cat.

Our dog is an effective deterrent when it comes to raccoons. Whenever she sees or even senses a raccoon, she’s off to the races, running the critter up a tree or over a fence. She also goes after squirrels and gophers with the same zeal. So far, though, she has yet to catch any of her prey.

Our cat, on the other hand, is a more adept hunter. On more than one occasion, he has presented us with a gift in the form of a recently deceased mouse or rat, like the poor rat in the picture above. It’s then my job to pick up the spoils of my cat’s hunt in a baggie and deposit it into the trash, while my wife rewards our cat for its offering by giving him a treat.

So forget about hiring expensive pest control companies. Pets are the best form of pest control.

This is my entry for today’s WordPress one-word prompt, “pest.”

22 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — July 29th

  1. donmatthewspoetry July 29, 2022 / 7:47 am

    At least the gift was dead on arrival. A half alive one hanging from a cat’s mouth is not a pretty sight…..

    Dogs are good for getting rid of unwanted visitors Fan Go get ’em Fido usually jolts them into action……

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  2. Mister Bump UK July 29, 2022 / 8:03 am

    Ha! It’s when they’re not quite deceased that the problems begin!

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  3. Gr8BigFun July 29, 2022 / 8:08 am

    Well nothing really to show on this exact day but way back in July of 2012, Friday the 13th no less, I open a WordPress account and created Greg’s Blog. I made a single entry introducing myself to the blogosphere and then promptly forgot about blogging and WordPress until I posted again in 2014, then 2017. I often wonder if I’d stuck with it would I be running a top blog like Food52, DadCamp, or Gizmodo… Probably not but hey who knows what might have been. Anyway here is a link to that very sad, very first post.

    The First Blog

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong July 29, 2022 / 11:03 am

    One of our cats was killed trying to take down a raccoon. A pet cat is no match for a raccoon. Full-grown, they are VERY strong, have a good bite, long sharp claws, and a very tough hide. A cat’s claws — and most dogs’ teeth are no match for a raccoon’s natural defenses. As long as the raccoon runs away, it’s no problem. It’s when they are cornered and put up a fight — that’s when it gets dangerous.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2022 / 7:24 pm

      Yes, they can be very dangerous, but they always managed to get away from our dog, mostly scampering up a tree.


  5. JT Twissel July 29, 2022 / 12:32 pm

    Our cat is far too lazy and snobbish to take care of the vermin for us! He’d probably let them into the house.

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  6. Marleen July 29, 2022 / 4:03 pm

    I guess I wouldn’t be able to take the realities of living directly in the most densely populated parts of the city. There are (early) suburb areas, though, of big cities that are considered part of said cities.

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  7. cagedunn July 29, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    We had Boof (cat) and Eb (dog) who banded together and left piles of rats on the porch – all from our front garden (there was a pub and a fish’n’chip shop on the other side of the lane).
    Mostly, they were deceased – but not always!
    Oh, and a live snake once. Dropped on the bed. Cat was rather disappointed with the response.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2022 / 10:00 pm

      A live snake dropped on the bed will cause a rather negative response from most two-legged creatures.

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      • cagedunn July 29, 2022 / 11:30 pm

        Even from a person who used to milk snakes (venom, that is) – because I recognised the shape of the head. Flat nose, not venomous (although they all strike when threatened), triangular nose – don’t get close.

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  8. Carol anne July 30, 2022 / 2:02 am

    Yes, pets are great for that sort of thing! No pests when you have a cat or dog!

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  9. Nope, Not Pam July 30, 2022 / 4:10 am

    My dog was an excellent ratter 😊

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  10. leigha66 July 31, 2022 / 10:23 pm

    We had some mice when we first moved in, but after the cats put a little fear into the mice I think they have become scarce.

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