Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Bats In Our Belfry!

Well this is one for the books – last weekend (thank God I wasn’t home alone!!) we heard some odd scratching sounds coming from the fireplace. Daisy was alarmed, staring at the glass doors with her ears perked high. I’d have taken pictures if I hadn’t been so freaked out…

I got a flashlight and looked through the doors – and there it was. A bat! And it’s not even Halloween! YIKES!!

A small brown bat had somehow made its way through the chimney cap meshing, past the closed flue and into the firebox. Of course, it was nearly midnight. He was probably trying to get out to make his nightly rounds.

O-M-G!!!!!!!!

O-M-G!!!!!!!!

We called a 24-hour emergency animal control place that didn’t answer the phone (really?? 24 hour emergency place??) and never called us back…not even the next day. Believe me when I tell you I left them some serious negative feedback.

Even though we have insulation around the fireplace doors, we stuffed rags between the bricks and doors to make sure everything was sealed up, and we put packaging tape over the doors to make sure he couldn’t push his way into the house. I know it’s not logical, but I was totally freaked out!!

All night and the next day he made a racket with his claws scratching up and down the walls of the firebox and climbing up the mesh of the screen behind the glass doors. It was really weird watching him move around, I never realized how creepy a crawling bat looks!

ACK!!!!!!!!!

ACK!!!!!!!!!

I got another emergency animal control service to come out and had to pay an exhorbitant fee for an emergency Sunday call. At the time, I didn’t care. Here take my money, take it all, just get rid of the &$%! bat!!

The guy came and when he got on the roof, took off the chimney cap and looked down the chimney, he saw two more hanging on the chimney walls! At that point I was ready to pack my bags, hire a realtor and move to Norway. Or Iceland. Wherever there are no bats and no bugs.

The guy said our chimney cap is old and the meshing on it was good for keeping out birds but bats could squeeze through it – apparently they only need an opening the size of a pinky finger to get through. Who knew?! So he put bat netting up that’s supposed to allow the bats to leave but not let them back in. As much as the thought of having bats in our chimney freaked me out, I didn’t want them harmed, and this place uses humane methods to encourage them to relocate.

There's a WHAT in the fireplace??!! A BAT?? PACK MY KIBBLE, I'M OUTTA HERE!

There’s a WHAT in the fireplace??!! A BAT?? PACK MY KIBBLE, I’M OUTTA HERE!

The guy didn’t want to open the fireplace doors to get the other bat out because he was very active and could have gotten into the house. I didn’t want him to die in there, but we had no choice but to let him be. I’m happy to report that the freaky little guy found his way out Sunday night! Apparently there’s a very small opening that has to be there and this little explorer found it, squeezed through it, and ended up where he shouldn’t be. Somehow he found his way back up and escaped. Whew!

They finally came yesterday, a week and a half later, to take the netting off, check the chimneys and put up new chimney caps on both fireplaces – there may not have been any bats in the second fireplace, but I’m not taking any chances!

So we’re out $800 unexpectedly but now I don’t jump every time I hear a sound. On to the next crisis… 😉

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Monday Mischief Blog Hop! Caught in the Act….

Snoopy and some of his blog buddies have started a new Monday Mischief Blog Hop – how fun!  Here’s the button:

Snoopy's Dog Blog

And now for Daisy’s tale of mischief…. This photo was taken when Daisy was several months old. She wasn’t allowed up on the raised brick fireplace hearth, but she made the leap when we weren’t looking – then couldn’t figure out how to get down.

I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but it was worth it for the adventure!

Now, if I can just figure out how to get down....

This hop is brought you by Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog, and Luna, a Dog’s Life, and My Brown Newfies.

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Our Holiday House Guests Are Gone – We’re BAAAACK! LOL

The holidays were wonderful and crazy as usual, and this year we had out-of-state family who came in on Christmas day and stayed until January 6! Kind of a long haul – especially since we were snowed in for FIVE long days!

This was taken well before the full 3' accumulated!

The 3+ feet of snow we got on December 26 was beautiful and we really enjoyed it, but this year our state and township didn’t rush to plow the streets. Budget cuts, fewer employees, blah blah blah. Luckily we had plenty of food in the house, so out came the puzzles, cards, and games!

The only downside was that our living room fireplace chose this time to develop a leak in the flashing. As soon as the first thaw started, I heard a plop-plop-plop coming from the fireplace. I recognized this sound from last year’s leak in the family room fireplace, and my blood ran cold – and it wasn’t the bitter outdoor temps doing it!

Sure enough,water was dripping in liberally inside the firebox (it was a 3-bucket leak!) and there was another stream of water running down the bricks on the face of the fireplace. Only one chimney repair place even bothered calling me back, so I had no choice but to hire them. $374 later (for a 20 minute job), it’s supposedly fixed. We’ll see after the next snow, which is supposed to hit tomorrow.

Anyway, Happy New Year to all! It’s great to be back!

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