The Return Of Bob

Raccoon Face Standing Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Raccoon” today, I sketched a little shy one. When I think of raccoons, my mind immediately leaps to the one that visited us quite regularly awhile back. Any time we get visits from little animals, we immediately assume they must be a friend of our dog Phineas. So, they immediately get a name and this raccoon was dubbed Bob. Of all the little friends that came to see Phineas, Bob was perhaps the most irritating. Rather than simply visit, he was notorious for leaving a little house warming gift behind. While this is perfectly wonderful behavior normally, Bob’s gift wasn’t quite so welcoming. Indeed, he pooped each time he came and began to use our upstairs deck as a toilet. We immediately told Phineas to stop inviting his friend over, or for the love all that’s good, take a moment to teach him better manners. Phineas isn’t much for going through such effort, or effort of any kind really, so instead, Bob blissfully stopped showing up to visit.

As irritating has those visits were, I sort of missed Bob and missed seeing him running around the house or hiding in a tree. A few days ago, I heard the familiar little patter of feet on the roof and realized that Bob has finally decided to return. Indeed, I’m not entirely sure it’s the same raccoon, but Phineas doesn’t seem to notice or care about such trivial things. So indeed, all raccoons will be forever named Bob from this point forward. I was most delighted by the fact that there were no signs of this Bob’s visit. Though, it’s fun to think that it’s actually the same little critter. And to imagine that day when Phineas sat him down for a stern talk about how to properly visit another’s home. I’ve no doubt there was a small whiteboard and various homework assignments given. Realizing his gift for teaching, I’m sure he started holding special sessions with the squirrels as well.

While all of this seems quite ludicrous, it’s actually not terribly farfetched. Phineas has trained his two dads to open doors for him the moment he wants to out in order to enjoy the sunshine. It’s just a bit of a mental leap to picture him teaching a raccoon where to do his business in an appropriate fashion. And it was fun to see a raccoon again, though he’s not a popular resident of the neighborhood. Trash bags were often found littering the street on trash day as well. But, these are small quibbles compared to his previous behavior so I’m quite glad that Phineas had the talk with him. My first impulse upon seeing him, though, was to check the roof and deck to make sure there weren’t any unwelcome surprises. There were not, so Phineas’ course must have been quite informative. And, we get to enjoy watching his furry little friend hiding in trees pretending he’s invisible though we can see him quite clearly. So, I’m quite happy that after all of this time, we can again experience the beauty of nature as we take a moment to enjoy the return of Bob.

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41 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    Bob is adorable! I love raccoons even though they occasionally dig up our yard.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, raccoons are lovable little rascals indeed!

  2. kiddlescarol 2 months ago

    Your Bob looks like a sweetie! Our Bob takes pleasure in raiding our bird feeder and toppling our bird bath. Oh well, Bob is part of nature, so I overlook his superpowers. He should be making his appearance in about an hour or so, and although our beloved dog is now gone, we will marvel at Bob’s punctuality at dusk. 😊

    • mlaiuppa 2 months ago

      My parents’ Bob used to visit the fish pond but could never reach deep enough to catch any. They have a new puppy now and my Diana visits often enough that I think Bob has wandered off to greener, easier pastures.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 Yeah, raccoons are a bit naughty, but they’re so darn cute!

  3. mlaiuppa 2 months ago

    I shall make a note. All raccoons are named Bob. Even the girl ones.

    Just so you know in case Phineas strikes up a friendship with any squirrels, my Mother informed me at a young age that all squirrels were named Petey, even the girl ones.

    Bob looks like quite a congenial fellow. I’m glad he’s learned the rules of the house, er, deck.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… Phineas has unfortunately already named all squirrels Michael! lol

  4. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Bob does have a sweet little face. Maybe you could send Phineas down here for a visit to have a “talk” with our local family of raccoons? They sure could use some of Phineas’ good advice. Love hearing about the adventures of Phineas and his animal friends!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I think if Phineas could get raccoons to behave he’d had quite a career! lol

  5. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    “All raccoons will be forever named Bob from this point forward!” I’m absolutely certain that in some universe somewhere, Bob the raccoon has performed a valiant deed, probably he conquered the dreaded trash monster, and in tribute the beautiful queen has made this proclamation. It’s just that kind of statement where you know this has to be true!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      haha! I know right? It’s really not that much of a stretch. lol 😉

  6. Karen Fortier 2 months ago

    Bob is fantastic and I am so glad that no gift was left behind. I truly think that there is a book of short stories coming some day!😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, it would be fun to chronicle Phineas and friends one day!

  7. Lisa 2 months ago

    We have a few of these visitors ourselves. They come for the cat food we leave in the deck for the feral cats. Two winters ago one of them started pooping on the deck. I was not a hat campet!! I had one of my helper kids shovel it off in the spring. Bad coon!! This year, at the end of winter, we had a big male show up. He had obviously been hit by a car. He was dragging his back legs. We have an upside down trough on the deck stuffed with straw for the cats. The hurt raccoon moved right in. I haven’t seen him for a while, so I just hope he got better and moved on.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yeah, raccoons are often a bit of a menace! Aww… I hope the little injured coon got better and moved on! 😃💕

  8. Lisa 2 months ago

    P.S. We had a pet raccoon when I was little and we would catch crayfish in the lake and let them go in a kiddie pool so Rocky could catch them. I’m hindsight that sounds really cruel, but to a kid, it was a thrill.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yeah, I bet that was a thrill! Certainly for Rocky as well! 😉

  9. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 months ago

    Nice, very nice….I like racoons a lot, they look like little rascals, and actually they are!!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Walt! 😃💕 Yes… raccoons are total rascals!

  10. Zertab Quaderi 2 months ago

    Another wonder sketch and warm story! I loved imagining Phineas giving etiquette lessons to Bob!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Zertab! 😃💕 Yeah, we imagine some pretty amazing things for little Phineas! hehe

  11. Gary Middleton 2 months ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. A friend was really pleased when he started getting a fox visiting his garden. That was, until it started digging his lawn up to find earthworms.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww… foxes are cute as well, but yeah… none of these creatures are fun in a garden! lol

  12. Susan Masters 2 months ago

    Ah yes , I know Bob well …it seems when he left your place he came north to mine. He spent a while pooping on the porch until we laid out pails of bleach, then he came back to you! Who knew racoons migrate just like our Canada Geese! Lovely sketch of Bob.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww… who knew? I think if Bob every starts pooping again, I’ll invite him to migrate back to you! 😉

  13. Tom 2 months ago

    Phineas sounds like a wise master, Charlie. We don’t have raccoons here, in fact the only regular visitor I’ve been getting of late is a cheerful blackbird. Even though I’m visiting you, I’m classing Bob as a visitor here! Nice painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 hehe… glad I could send a little Bob your way. Though a cheerful blackbird is probably a better visitor in the end.

  14. Jerson Antao 2 months ago

    Nice painting Charlie!😊

  15. Fatima Chamkha 2 months ago

    Great doodle Charlie!

  16. LoriCtoo 2 months ago

    Wow! Nice job! We don’t welcome raccoons at our house. We have a kitty who spends the nights outside because she is a party girl. They do not get along and can be deadly to kitty’s. Luckily she has learned to stay away from them. We had a family of 5 go running across our fence one morning. We used to have a large cherry tree that they would go in and leave us lots of presents in our yard. :<

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow… yeah… raccoons are cute to watch, but then it all sort of ends there when they start “sharing.” lol

  17. Klaus Jochem 2 months ago

    This racoon looks a little sad, Great work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Klaus! 😃💕 I always make them a little sad or sheepish in honor of Bob. I think he just wanted to be friends, but had a strange way to connecting. hehe

  18. Priscilla DeConti 2 months ago

    And now when I see a raccoon I will think of Bob LOL nice sketch 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Brilliant! Say to hi to Bob for me! Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕

  19. shawnthompsonart 2 months ago

    Awww cute, he looks just like a kitten with rabies. I really like how you used all very neutral colours and you did a good job on your paws and eyes.

  20. Loan Anh Pham 2 months ago

    Beautifully done, Charlie😍. Bob has a face cutier than its gift 🤣 . Phineas and trivial things are exciting 😍

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