Last night I let Bruce {our dog} out for last call and stood on our small back deck enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. Out of the corner of my eye I saw some movement on our next door neighbor’s back deck. A furry creature wearing an eye mask was staring back at me.

I’ll be honest; at first I was a little freaked out. The little bugger was all of about 14′ away at me very much aware of my presence. I reflected our back porch light in his general direction & tried to take a picture of him. He climbed up the vines & window grates next door.


After staring at each other for a few minutes {& putting Bruce back inside}, we mutually decided neither was threat.

Rusty's ear

Naturally I ran inside to get my camera. When I reemerged from the house, I found the culprit had curled up in the corner of the 2nd story fire escape


Meet our fuzzy new friend.



While he laid curled up in the corner of their fire escape,


I climbed out on ours and took pictures of him.


I think he found the flash rather bothersome but, instead of being aggressive, he curled into a tighter little ball.


I’ve WE’VE named him Rusty. I wonder if he’ll be a regular or is just passing through. As cute as I think he is, I’d just as soon he move along. I don’t need him & Bruce tangoing in the yard anytime soon.


Is your place filled with wildlife? Or are squirrels the wildest it gets?

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6 Responses to Rusty

  1. Rob says:

    YOOUUUU Named Him Rusty?!?! Ahem…..

  2. tia says:

    deer, possum, raccoons, foxes. i’ve heard tales of coyote but i’ve not seen one with my own eyes. the deer love my neighborhood though. lucky for you rusty doesn’t seem so big. keep those garbarge bins closed tight!

  3. Jennifer says:

    oh my! i luuuuuuurve him! don’t you just want to scoop him up for a snuggle?!

  4. Wildlife? Oh yeah- deer, coyote, armadillo (it’s Texas), racoons, snakes, etc have all visited my house. I don’t live among high rises, but I am by no means in the country. I think that’s what happens when creeks and greenbelts are scattered throughout the neighboorhood.

  5. Kellie says:

    OMG, we have so much wildlife! Skunks, opposums, squirrels, bunnies, and a groundhog. I am constantly shocked at what we see in the yard!! We think there is currently a baby skunk and/or opposum living under our shed.

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