Sunday, November 29, 2015

December - A Month of Raccoons

December is Raccoon month at Country Mouse Studio

I recently received an email from a US Marine who had a request.  
He wanted to know if I'd paint a special Raccoon for him.
Him and his wife had an encounter with one while dating
and now after many years of marriage he wanted
to get her a special gift that would mean
a lot to both of them.
Being a raccoon fan myself how could I resist?

Their little fellow needed to have a top hat, a cane and a pocket watch
so here he is!

I know they can cause a lot of grief by getting into your house and garbage but I also know there are many people who love them so this is their month.

I found this sweet story about a Raccoon rescue named Pumpkin on Instagram
Pumpkin the Raccoon


I have always been fond of Raccoons and they were the first wild animal I drew.  I was so pleased one day to meet a kid who had one as a pet.  I was surprised to find that his fur looked soft but was rough and bristly but all the better to shed water, I guess.

Later, we moved to an area that had Raccoons.  I only heard about it because they'd get into everyone's garbage at night.  No one had a good thing to say about them but I hoped I'd see one.

A few more years passed and we moved into a community by a creek.  Then one night on our deck one peered into the patio door.  Before long we had quite a few of them who would come by and visit.

Here's a pretty good article on how to get them to move along if you are being plagued by them.
Raccoons


How cute is this?







via GIPHY

If you need more cute in your life here's a whole page of cute raccoon gifs to watch



2 comments:

  1. I love the raccoon painting and the video is adorable! We have raccoon visitors in addition to opossum and stray cats. One of our raccoons, Mama, lines up with the three strays every morning on our porch awaiting a scoop of cat food! We sit quietly on the porch and they come up to eat or drink from the cats' water bowl and of course get a few scraps when they can.

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  2. Here is our little visitor http://movingontothepast.blogspot.com/2015/08/breakfast-visitor.html

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