New belly dance class session starts tonight. Been on a couple week hiatus. Summers are more laid back for everyone, apparently. I must say my enthusiasm is a bit down for it right now. I’d rather stay home and play/bond with Hobkin, but it’ll be good for me to get moving and shimmying again, I suppose.
But it’s awfully hard leaving this for several hours:
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, he’s so cute! 😀
Ain’t he though? I think I’m way overdrawn on my lifetime allocation of “awwws”. But I can’t help it. Hobkin keeps being too cute for words; I gotta keep slinging ’em out.
I want a skunk now!!! He’s got the most precious face…
I just love it when he smiles. Hobkin’s amazingly expressive for a creature with no eyebrows and fur all over his face!
So, like, do they remove the scent gland, or do you just train him not to spray it, or what?
And how do you deal with the cuteness? It’s seeping through my screen over here. I’m getting all sticky.
LOL! He’s absolutely descented! My mantra whenever people ask that question: “Skunk owners are eccentric; we’re not insane!”
Domestic-bred skunks are usually descented at about four weeks of age. (It should go without saying that wild skunks shouldn’t be kept as pets and hence aren’t descented.) We picked up Hobkin when he was seven weeks old.
I don’t think it’s possible to train them not to spray. It’s a fear/defense mechanism. Although, to their credit, they don’t like spraying and do it only when they have to. They’re not any fonder of the smell than their targets. So it is possible to interact with an intact skunk and not get hosed–as long as you stay calm and don’t do anything threatening. But having one in your house would be like storing a loaded gun in a kid’s toybox.
As far as the cute goes, I’m addicted to it. I’m a cute junkie. Can’t help you out there.