An Unwelcome House Guest

Written by Justin posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Home

This week we (99% Dawn – 1% Me) started potty training the twins. A task which has gone stunningly well and one we thought would be tougher than treading quicksand. Somehow though, this turned out to be the least of our problems. If you have not been following along on Twitter, here’s the skinny.

Twitter is my coping mechanism.

This has been a real eye-opening experience for our family. I never knew raccoons were capable of such determination. I could understand if there was a preexisting hole in the roof or entry into the attic. The way this animal tore back the flashing and then chewed/clawed through the shingles and plywood is baffling.

When it was caught in the trap, I moved it from our upper-deck to the ground. It was completely docile. I expected it to hiss and cry and slash at me, but it was quite the opposite. In fact, I found it pretty adorable. Alas, now becomes the battle with insurance to see what they will cover. Because if the first estimate to fix the damages is any indication we won’t be able to fix the damages out-of-pocket.

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