Country Blessed, Rocket the Raccoon

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Robert Ratliff Realty 492107

Country Blessed Living at It’s Finest with Rocket the Raccoon.


Jim and I moved from Austin TX two years ago and bought a small ranch in Medina County just outside of San Antonio approximately 50 miles from the city lights.

Our ranch is located in the Texas hill-country about fourteen miles from Bandera TX known at the “Cowboy Capital of the World”.


When I’m not working with clients selling real estate we take our three Lab-dogs out for their morning ride down a bumpy country road approx 16 mile which loops back to our house. Our Labs enjoy seeing wildlife; deer, feral hogs with the occasional cows.

On one of our morning drives we came across a very small baby raccoon pup on the side of the road. It’s mother was nowhere to be found and the rule is to never disturb stray baby animals because usually their mom will come back to them. Something didn’t seem right with this little guy. We took him home and removed many ticks and bathed him to remove the thousands of fleas. We took him to our local vet for his wellness checkup and oa rabies shot.


His name became Rocket from the movie “guardians of the Galaxy”. We discovered you can buy cats-milk at your local WalMart. Rocket grew fast and after about three weeks he was weaned from milk. We knew he needed to be rehabilitated back to the wild and we surrendered him to a Licensed Parks and Wildlife rehabilitator. Rocket is learning to catch fish and is being introduced to other Raccoons.  


Did you know it is against the law in Texas to own wildlife without a License issued by the Parks and Wildlife. I researched to apply for my license but decided it was too time consuming and I didn’t have the patience.


We had become attached to Rocket and he was becoming domesticated to his human family so as sad as it was it was best for Rocket. Hope you enjoy our story of Rocket the Raccoon.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'm happy to read you surrendered him to the parks and wildlife people..... OMG.... they carry disease!!  but your intentions were good.... next time you have that thought, go get vaccinated first against wildlife disease.... Bob Ratliff enjoy the games today....and remember to cheer for the Patriots!!! oh wait, you're a Texan!!!! poor thing.

Dec 01, 2019 04:44 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Thanks for your contact. Thought for a moment that my earlier comment went back to nature with Rocket. Enjoy your day!

Dec 01, 2019 04:46 AM #4
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What a sweet story and what a lucky raccoon Rocket is. 

Dec 01, 2019 05:09 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob Ratliff - nursing wildlife back to heath must have been plenty of work.  I am sure you enjoyed the experience.

Dec 01, 2019 05:32 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello, Bob - I did enjoy your story of Rocket the Raccoon and learning more about the place you now call home.  

Dec 01, 2019 05:44 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hello Bob

Love your story,

We had racoons who visited our property in Los Angeles (we lived near a canyon).  They would grab grapefruits off our tree, then wash them in the pool and hollow them out perfectly and leave the shell floating in the pool after they ate it.    Our cats did not seem to mind them.  We rarely saw them in Napa although we lived in the country, and we have seen here.  A

Dec 01, 2019 07:44 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, what a cool story, and think I would be too nervous to nurse a raccoon back to health, as you always hear they can be vicious.   Bet it was hard to let him go.

Dec 01, 2019 08:30 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this story. I hope Rocket is adjusting.

Have an outstanding week.

Dec 02, 2019 05:51 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH, how sweet is that, Bob!

I love the care that you gave Rocket and made sure he was 100% ready to return to the 'wild.' (Although, it sounds like he spent more time domesticated than in the wild!) You & Jim truly saved his life!

Dec 04, 2019 08:58 PM #11
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Hi Bob - thats a great story. You said something didn't seem right, did you ever find anything wrong with him, or was he just separated from his mother for some reason? I know from experience that they are very smart and learn fast.

Dec 07, 2019 09:43 AM #12
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Bob,

How sweet! They seem very smart, but I prefer them in their house and me in mine. They get along with foxes and groundhogs, which is surprising.

Dec 30, 2019 08:33 AM #13
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Love living in the country.  Can't imagine living in town, at least for this stage of my life.

Dec 30, 2019 12:25 PM #14
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing the story about how you helped a baby raccoon. Giving to those in need rather it be an animal or human shows the kindness of spirit. Blessings sent to you 


Jan 20, 2020 03:14 PM #15
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a nice story.  Lucky Rocket to be rescued and released back to his natural world, but kind of hard for you guys to let him go!

Feb 01, 2020 05:07 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you enjoyed a very productive summer.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding autumn.

Sep 23, 2020 05:50 AM #17
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886


We have raccoons that constantly get into our trach... I get tired of cleaning up after them! You were very kind to rescue him!  Kathy

Oct 08, 2020 09:18 PM #18
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure that rocket is grateful for all of the care that you showered upon him to get him back on his feet.

Oct 11, 2020 06:34 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I enjoyed your story about Rocket! Being raised in the country taught  you plenty! I'm sure you and Jim saved Rocket's life! Thank you!

what a cute little rascal!!!

Oct 12, 2020 04:10 AM #20
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Absolutely LOVE your story! I grew up with a pet raccoon, we named him Bandit Joe (my father was Daddy Joe). We got him from JM Fields when he was about 6 weeks old, too young to be away from his mom! We fed him milk and he lived in our home from the time I was in 9th grade until after I had moved to Europe. I believe he was about 15 when the vet put him to sleep as he had cancerous nodules on his belly area and was in pain. He was the worlds BEST pet. When my dad had eye surgery, Bandit could sense something was wrong and would lay quietly on the bed next to my dad. He ate EVERYTHING and only washed what was too dry. He quickly learned not to wash ice cream!

Oct 18, 2020 12:15 PM #21
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

What a great story about Rocket Bob!  I can imagine it was tough to let Rocket go....but it probably was the right thing to do.  We had a itty bitty runt bunny in our backyard this summer and we made sure he was safe and had plenty to eat all summer....and then when he was big enough we opened the door and let him go if he wanted.  He now lives in the front yard with other bunnies (I hope) and he does come back in from time to time.

Nov 14, 2020 10:58 AM #22
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