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Did you know that skunks can be active in the winter? I sure didn't, until today at least. The dogs were out as I made the coffee this morning when they began barking, something they don't usually do at the crack of dawn. I called them back in, but they were clearly agitated, and Hudson the wonder dog was in full-on war mode, barking at the back fence (apologies to sleeping neighbors) and resisting my recall. Then I caught a whiff of the skunk spray, and knew just what happened, but thankfully, it seems the skunk was safely in the other yard when my guys encountered him, because nobody actually got spray on them, a lucky outcome to be sure. After I got the dogs inside I spotted Mr. Smelly in front of the house, by far the biggest looking skunk I had ever seen (though much of that was likely winter coat), waddling down the street, clearly put off by his encounter with unbridled canine aggression. Hopefully he found he way back home without getting hit by a car.

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5. gonna have to check this place out Feb 13, 2013, 11:38 Orphic Resonance
A regular patron and unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill has died of an apparent heart attack, the restaurant's owner said on Monday.

John Alleman reportedly suffered a heart attack last week outside the Las Vegas restaurant, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The 52-year-old was taken off life support on Monday.

Alleman, who was not on the restaurant's payroll, inspired the "Patient John" character that appears on the restaurant's menu.
"He lived a very full life," Jon Basso, owner of the Heart Attack Grill, told the newspaper. "He will be missed."

I told him if you keep eating like this, its going to kill ya, Basso said. Hed say, 'I just love your place, Jon.' Hes the only person I know who was probably at the restaurant more than I [was]; hed be here every darned day.

Alleman is the second unofficial Heart Attack Grill spokesman to die in as many years.

In March 2011, Blair River, the restaurant's 575-pound representative, died from complications stemming from pneumonia. He was 29.

"Cynical people might think this is funny," Basso said at the time of River's death. "But people who knew him are crying their eyes out. There is a lot of mourning going on around here. You couldn't have found a better person."
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2013, 11:07 Jivaro
My family had an Irish Setter when I was a kid. She was a fun dog with a great disposition...but she was dumb as a dumb gets when it comes to wild animals. Porcupines? Yeah, we pulled MANY a quill from her nose and paws. She is to this day still the only dog I have ever known that got chased and bitten by a possum. Skunks...well they apparently held a special place in her heart. It was like she LIKED being sprayed. She would run up to the hind quarters of a skunk and start sniffing, and then when the skunk propped itself up on it's front two legs she would start running around in circles excitedly as if to say "YAY!! SPRAY ME! SPRAY ME!!" And then the skunk would oblige her. Like 6 times a year or more. The first couple of times we tried to clean her up a bit, after that we just gave up.  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2013, 10:22 Mashiki Amiketo
nin wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 09:34:
Did you know that skunks can be active in the winter? I sure didn't, until today at least.

Oh boy! This is gonna be good!

Haha yeah that was my thought. It's kinda like bears, people think bears, raccoons, and weasels aren't either. Well until they're either in your garbage or chasing you down the street.
"For every human problem,
there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
--H.L. Mencken
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2013, 10:01 Retired
yeaaaaaaa, was training a guy in not to long ago, and there are a number of business we walk to check doors and stretch the legs a bit (12 hours in a car is hell on your body). One night we jumped out and I just happen to catch the smelly foul beast in the corner of my eye headed to a dumpster by a door....I told the new kid to get back in the car - we won't be checking these doors tonight.....had I not seen the foul creature run across to the dumpster, we would have surprised each other, as the dumpster is in a blind fenced in part by the door - would have made for a hellish night....  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2013, 09:34 nin
Did you know that skunks can be active in the winter? I sure didn't, until today at least.

Oh boy! This is gonna be good!
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