As you've noticed, I installed a fun new feature - the Question of the Day. And, for all those inquiring minds, the answer to the first question (of "what did both Maisy and Tucker roll in this morning") was . . . yes, you guessed it: sticky, tarry raccoon poop.
[Although, Mom, I do appreciate your creative answer of "peanut butter - because I know you regularly keep 55 gallon drums of peanut butter on hand to spread on the ground each morning!"] ;)
For a couple of nights last week, we'd been hearing a critter fussing around outside while we were (trying to) sleep(ing). Instinct told us it was a raccoon, the audio clip on National Geographic's website told us it was a skunk.
The next night, said "critter" pushed the MASSIVE rock off that we have weighing down the top of the birdseed (garbage) can and knocked the whole thing over (causing QUITE the disturbance in the house!). Anyway, unsighted confirmation made: NOT a skunk.
Then, in the waning sunset Monday night, Tucker (our 4-inch-legged "coon hound") handily treed Mr. Raccoon.
Moral of the story? The Simple Life is never boring!