Monday, May 09, 2005

Animal Adventures

We had a call from a resort property owner that a wood duck had come down their chimney and wrecked the place. When we got there the poor thing had tried every way to escape thus making a huge mess. We could follow the duck's path by the poop. Everywhere, poop, on everything. Did you know duck poop will stain grout? I know now. If these people had shut their chimney flue and had a chimney cap, this poor duck, and housekeeper, would have been spared a lot of grief. This can apply to the normal house setting. Little birds can get caught in your chimney. Get them capped.

Keep the toilet seat down

We all know to keep the toilet seat down to keep pets and kids from accidental drowning. Another reason to do that is to prevent something that happened to us. We are caretakers of resort houses. At one, we went in to do our weekly check on things and to freshen up, I lifted the lid on the downstairs toilet and a drowned squirrel was in it. After I ran around the house screaming my husband caught me, found out what was wrong, and retrieved the poor thing. Moral, if the lid hadn't been down imagine what damage would have been done by a mad, wet squirrel. Our theory is it had fallen in or went down the vent pipe on the roof.