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Friday, July 14, 2017

Is That You?!?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  The other morning after our walk, Cam and I went out on the upper deck with Mom before it got too hot to be out there.  I was walking around, checking everything out when ...

"Hey ... what's this?!?  I smell something on the underside of the deck!  I ... I hear something!"

It was really odd ... but I did have a vague idea of what it was!  I decided I should call for backup, just in case there was trouble, like they do in the really cool detective shows I like to watch.

"I need to call in the big guns!"

Fortunately for me, Cam was right there, and was ready to investigate!

"Is it what I think it is, Cam?!?"
"Yes.  Yes, I think it is!  Hey!  Hey, you down there!!!"

Can you guess what -- or should I say who -- it was?!?  Long-time readers of the Ao4 Digest will probably get this one -- it was Bart!

Our great-brothers and great-sisters first posted about him in 2007.  Bart is a little Brown Bat who lives under our upper deck!  We can see him from the lower deck, but Mom hasn't gotten a decent shot of him yet this year.  (Please click here to see a shot from a couple of years ago.)

Mom always is very careful to wash all the guano off the lower deck before we go down there, so we've never really gotten a good smell of him before -- but we did now!  This calls for one thing, and one thing alone!  A round of Crazed River Otter Games!

"Oh, no!  It's a crazed rive--UMPH!!!!"

Cam was a little quicker on the draw than I was, but I jumped right in!

"Gotcha, you little crazed river ott---"

What fun!  Who'd think you could have a bat AND crazed river otters on the same deck - right?

Mom is always happy to see Bart.  Little guys like him can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects per hour! He's a great friend to have "hanging around" Ao4 Headquarters!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 


  1. Who's there! You have good sniffers to sniff them out. Bitey face Friday
    Lily & Edward

  2. Bart's Bat poooooop is enough to cause CROG. I'm for anybuddy who eats skeeters...'cause skeeters love my mom and they make her itch and the bite gets all red.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  3. Glad Bart came back for the summer! Bet he loves listening to the CRO's too!

  4. good to know Bart is still hanging around (MOL)

  5. BAT POOP??! OMD, how PAWSOME is that??!! I would loves to roll in some bat poopies! I wonder how they taste...hmmmmm
    Ruby ♥

  6. OMD, what a pawesome friend to have! He can come eat insects are our house any time!

  7. Mama says to let us know if Bart has any brothers or sisters who want to move to our place because we have tons of skeeters and spiders!
    Jakey & Arty

  8. How fun that Bart is hanging around again this summer. We have bats around here but we have no idea where they live but we see them flying around at night.

  9. Lightning told me all about Bart, Cammie and Maggie. I got so excited that I engaged Lightning is a round of those crazed river otter games too - we will see if Mom will post it. She says we are kinda scary looking:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  10. So far, mom hasn't seen any bats here in our new place and she is VERY relieved about that! She's not fond of bats. Sorry, Bart.

  11. yay! we always love a Bart update. we're glad he is back again :) Bats n CROG, what a day! :D enjoy your weekend!

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  12. that is really cool that BArt has lived there all these years!
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. Apparently he's a very quiet tenant. That's always good.

  14. Wow, how big is Bart? I have to admit that I am very afraid of bats - more so than of mountain lions! But, I know that they're good little creatures. You two be nice to him, okay? Happy Sunday!

  15. We like the way you girls handled it. Never a bad reason for the crazy river otter games!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  16. OMD my Mom said she would DIE if she ever met Bart!!! Mom was on our balcony the other night and saw something flying around.......she is afraid it was a bat!!! DakotasDen

  17. Someone sent us a link to this blog a couple of weeks ago. Every time we read it, we think of your mom.

  18. Bart the bat! Does he live there alone or does he have friends? Our dogpark group just put up a bat house! We are very excited to see some bats maybe next year.