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Security Alert ... The Masked Bandits Gained Entry Through The Pet Door!

Security Alert ... The Masked Bandits Gained Entry Through The Pet Door!

These days, there seems to be a new security alert daily. In today's world of identity theft, Facebook warnings and TSA advisories, I am compelled to add one more threat - Pet Doors. That's right. I never imagined the breach in my home security would be a Pet Door. I thought I was improving the quality of life for our beloved feline friend when I bought and installed this portal, and never thought I would later be saying the nine deadly words, "it seemed like a good idea at the time."

Dear Readers, please excuse the poor quality of this video, but this was never planned. This was a "grab a camera and just start shooting moment," to capture the intruders on video should it be necessary for identification purposes in the future.

 

Well, apparently these nightly raids had been going on for some time, and we were largely unaware. We did notice, however, the cat's food dish was always empty in the morning and there was dirt at the bottom of the water dish. That's right, they were washing their "hands" in the water dish before eating!

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Comment balloon 19 commentsJohn McCarthy • February 05 2011 06:54AM

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Oh my gosh!  He's cute but only outdoors where he belongs.  It's funny how he starts to leave and then, hmmm on second thought... he turns around and looks at you again but decided to go on out.  How you were able to stay so calm filming this is admirable.  I've shyed away from pet doors for this very reason and if they are too big, the two legged kind of intruder could come in too.  Great video.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 9 years ago

My hounds love their doggie door in our storm door.  It goes to the deck and into their dog yard.  I can close the door and keep other "critters" out!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Donna - Thanks for viewing this one. During the late evening my Chris heard the click on ther magnetic closure on the door, but the cat was within sight. Approaching the kitchen and seeing the little guy, she grabbed the camera and started shooting. I did find a way to modify the door so the larger raccoons could not fit and still allow the cat to use it.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

Wallace - Pet doors are great for the pet as long as you know who is really using them!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

John, that could interesting stumbling into that family when you're getting the midnight snack.  Even one irate customer could really do some damage.  Very smart of them to conceal their identity! 

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 9 years ago

I'm all for the doggie doors that only open when a magnetic transceiver on the dog's collar is sensed.  I don't think I want other critters in my home!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) almost 9 years ago

Kevin - Good point. Not sure why my wife wasn't afraid, but I'm glad she was able to take this video.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

Richard - The magnetic transceivers are a little too high tech for me. Its all about beating them at their own game.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

What a night! I was up late writing.  The click of the pet door closing caught my attention because Jasmine, the Guard Cat, was sleeping soundly under my desk.

Imagine my surprise - not one but two juvenile raccoons were washing their paws in Jasmine's water dish and helping themselves to her leftovers. Judging by the way they had to squeeze themselves through the pet door,  this had been a nightly event for them for quite some time.

I thought it was cute; John did not. He re-engineered the door so only petite Jasmine could fit. Two nights later, the Lone Ranger and Zorro were sitting on John's gas grill trying to figure out how to open it.

We were lucky. They just came and went without damaging anything and left us with some amusing footage. All while our guard cat Jasmine slept.

Posted by Chris McCarthy almost 9 years ago

A can't believe this...Chris is my hero!  So calm, like she is talking to a baby.  I would have freaked right out.  LOL!!  Way to go Chris!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Outstanding detective work. Thanks for the story and video. You have very assertive furry neighbors.

Re-blogging is evidently disabled. I posted this on my Facebook real estate page.

 The colors of winter in Maryland. Life is good!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 9 years ago

Sharon - Chris was a real trooper in this one. She stayed calm and spoke without getting excited and I think that's why the raccoon remained calm. Animals make great video!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

Roy - We do have quite an assortment of both furry and feathery neighbors! We have taken a great many still photos of them over the years. I think AR is working on the re-blog function right now. Sure hope your Facebook visitors enjoy the video!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

John ~ that was so cute!  I think Chris did an outstanding job filming.  Those little guys were so cute.  But I, too, would prefer them to be outside.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 9 years ago

Dawn - She DID do a great job with the camera! They are definitely better outside, but that is not always something we can control. We have had grey and red squirrels make their way into the house too. I think I have some footage of a red squirrel in the kitchen helping himself to the birdseed. Maybe I can find it! Enjoy the weekend.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

John, that is one reason we do not have a doggie door.  One reason Zeke, our chocolate lab, keeps growing.  Enjoyed the video and also admired Chris for not screaming "Get Out".

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 9 years ago

Rebecca - Thanks for dropping by. The doggie doors I have seen really could be a security threat - especially one big enough for a chocolate lab! I'm glad you enjoyed the video.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

John - I can't believe I missed this one. Now, if it had been midnight, do you think they would have turned into a carriage and horse?

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni - The photo I posted was taken out of this video. With some of the photos I post, you might think we live in the deep woods, but the Post Office, our bank, two shopping malls and Dunkin Donuts are only a quarter of a mile away! Chris managed to get the last one out the door before midnight so I don't know if they would have transformed. :-)

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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