Happy Mabon!

It’s the Autumnal Equinox! Happy Mabon!

Had a very hard time waking up and getting going this morning. Brain felt like it was stuck in a haze of peat moss. Needed coffee to get past the stare-blankly-at-monitor phase of my workaday. And I could still barely function on any sort of reasonable level.

Fortunately, it was a slow day at work. No fires to put out; no emergencies hurtling my way.

New word count: 0 Dammit.

Hobkin is shedding. There’s fur everywhere. Everywhere! I guess he’s getting ready to put on his winter coat. He’s already gained some winter weight, which worries me as we’re trying to get him to lose a pound or so. Skunks are notoriously prone to obesity and Hobkin is looking a bit more bottom heavy these days than is healthy.

He was quite restless yesterday. I think he was bored or didn’t know what to do with himself. He’d hop onto the couch to cuddle next to me for a few minutes, and just as I thought he was nodding off, he’d jump up, leap off the couch, and go trundling around the living room. Then after a minute or so of that, he’d hop back up on the couch with me. Silly fuzzwit.

I often worry about his general happiness. Matthew and I decided to have only one skunk so we could focus our attention on him and he would bond with us. There are complications to having multiple pets, not the least of which is introducing them to each other and the possibility of incompatible personalities, fighting, jealousy, etc. Plus there are times when it’s all we can do to keep Hobkin out of mischief. Doubling the number of rambling skunks would be overwhelming and might result in them being locked away for periods of time. As it is now, we spend a lot of time at home and most of that time Hobkin is with us. He’s usually being cuddled in my lap or arms, or sleeping curled up at my side, so he gets plenty of human attention. But I still wonder if he’d like a skunk playmate.

I dunno. We’re sticking with our one pet resolution, but I really hope Hobkin isn’t lonely. We’re taking him to a skunk show next month. We’ll see how he handles that experience. I’m already more than a little trepidatious about it.

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9 Responses to Happy Mabon!

  1. quasiskunk says:

    I could come over and live eith you for awhile, and see if Hobkin likes other skunks *grins*

    BTW, where is the Skunk show? Perhaps they may need a mascot?

  2. puskunk says:

    Don’t worry, our first skunk was an only skunk, she actively disliked the others, she only liked humans. Hobkin will act very differently at the show, most skunks either love it or hate it, depending on their personality.

  3. alijt says:

    I would not worry about Hobkin being lonely. It sounds like he has a wonderful life with you both and gets plenty of human contact, which is great and is sadly more than I can say for some pet skunks. We just rescued a skunk that someone put outside in a pen. Can you imagine how lonely she must have been out there all by herself after having been part of the inside family? People suck!
    Glad to hear that you are bringing the little furball to the show! It will be nice to finally meet him, and you too, of course!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      It sounds like he has a wonderful life with you both

      Aww. Thanks for saying so! We very much hope he has a good life.

      Can you imagine how lonely she must have been out there all by herself after having been part of the inside family? People suck!

      The poor little girl! How long was she kept outside for before you folks rescued her? That’s just insane. Skunks are such social, affectionate critters. It must have been horrible for her. People do indeed suck.

  4. Having too many pets sometimes can be too stressful. I wish sometimes I didn’t have this many. After the poodles dies, I don’t think we’re getting anymore indoor dogs. When our german shepherd died, we didn’t replace another big dog. We have too much animals. But cannot put them in shelter that would be a terrifying thing to do.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yah, I’d never put an animal I adopted into a shelter. Once you commit to a life, it’s for life.

      We had several pets when we had ferrets (up to six at a time) and that was just overwhelming, especially when they all got older and sick. So we learned our lesson from that.

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