“In the Finnish countryside the raccoon dog is more of a beggar than a predator. ..
The raccoon dogs brought needed life to the cottage. White clouds of burnet roses bloomed in the doorway and even the tumble-down building seemed to hold itself more erect. It did not take a lot of imagination to see echoes of the cottage’s past in the animals’ bustling – children peeking through the crack of a door, grandma squinting benevolently through the window. The raccoon dog pup sitting in front of the deserted doghouse even recalled the family’s spitz at the start of its life.”
Photo and excerpt from the book Viimeiset vieraat. Elämää autiotaloissa (The last visitors. Life in abandoned houses) by Kai Fagerström, Risto Rasa and Heikki Willamo.