….I talk to animals all the time. Once upon a time I was out in the pre-dawn darkness wiping dew off my car window so I could drive to work "... when I felt a bump on my right ankle. I looked down to see a big, fat striped skunk sniffing my leg. "Hey, Stinky, please don't do that," I said softly. The skunk looked up, turned around and waddled off into the darkness.
–Gary Bogue, Contra Costa Times