I was rudely awakened around 3:30 by Sebastian doing his watchdog imitation. I say imitation because a creature, human or not, is more at risk of drowing in slobber and being suffocated by hair than being bitten by him.. but he does make a lot of noise. Anyway... I looked out all of the windows and couldn't see what his problelm was.. didn't hear anything either so went back to bed. He came back and lay down for a bit and then, just as I fell off to sleep he did it again... it's not good for a person to wake up like that!!!! He was at the front door when I got there and he was going ballistic. I could see a shadow at the top of the door... my door has 3 square windows running vertically and the top window is 10 inches or so below the top of the door... at first Ithought it was a person's head but then I wondered what Shaquiel O'Neil was doing at my house.. he's the only person I know that is that tall... you step down from the doorway to the stoop so a person standing there and having his head as high as this shadow was would have had to be very, very tall. I don't turn on the lights when I get up to explore noises.. number 1... turning the lights on makes it impossible to see outside through the windows and number 2... if it's a somebody rather than a something they might be looking back and I'd rather they not be able to see me any better than I can see them. I figured that it wasn't Shaq out there so I turned on the porch light and discoverd a medium sized raccoon, clinging to the outside of my inner door, between it and the storm door!!! The dog jumps up on the storm door when he wants in and the sliding lower section of glass had the clips broken that fit in the track to keep it in place so it tips in at the top and the varmit had, for some reason and somehow,climbed up that glass and into the gap and up to the top of my door. By this time my son was awake and wanted to know what was going on. He got a metal stake that is supposed to be a mounting rod for my electric fence charger and shoved in the gap under the door to push the outer door open.. it doesn't latch.. yes, I need to do some door work.... but the bugger wasn't leaving. I finally opened the inner door enough to push it open more with a broom handle but instead of going out the gap he stuck a little hand/paw in the top of the door and tried to get in... finally got the door closed again and just decided to let him hang there until morning if he wanted to.. figured he wouldn't like being hung out there in daylight and he could get back the way ha came if he thought about it. Well, Sebastian didn't think it was such a good idea and kept barking. Son came back out of his room and finally found the telescoping barbeque fork for roasting hot dogs and pushed it under the door and was able to convince the beast to leave. Whew... So, today I'll be trotting off to TSC to buy a raccoon trap. I"ve lost innumerable chickens to the nasty things.. he was probably coming to find out when the new arrivals were expected so he could invite his buddies. Muscovey ducks arrive this weekend but I didn't tell him that and he'll have a nasty surprise if he avoids the trap and tries to break in... the new duck pen will have 2 or 3 rows of electric fence attached to it do zap his furry butt good if he tries.