April 23rd 2006 8:29 am
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We had a little excitement around here last Monday morning. Lady and I barked half the night. Mom would check on us and I would be trying to climb up the tree. We had done this many times before and she has looked, but didn't see anything.
We came in the house about 6:30 a.m. and then about 7:00 a.m., we both went nuts at the back door barking furiously and wanting to get out. Mom opened the door before she looked, and we both charged at some huge ball of fur with a long tail that was playing dead.
The first thing Lady did was "fetch it". Mom told her to "drop", and she did. I then pushed it around with my nose and just couldn't figure out this strange creature. For some reason, mom thinks times like these are for taking photos which she decided to do. One of them is posted on Lady's page.
She then decided to try to get Lady to pick it up again to take it outside of the fenced in yard and get it away from me, but Lady was told before to drop it and she wouldn't pick it up again. Mom then got the shovel and was going to pick it up and put it on the other side of the fence so I'd leave it alone.
Well, I decided it was playtime so I picked it up in my mouth and ran all over the yard with it. She couldn't catch me and I WOULDN'T drop it. I wore myself out running in the warm weather and then I'd set it down and lie right beside it. This was my new play thing and I wanted it!! Every time mom tried to get it, I'd repeat the same play time shenanigans.
She finally gave up and she guesses later I fell asleep and the "playing dead" possum made its way out of our yard. Well, needless to say, it hasn't been back and guess it's chosen another tree to spend it's time because we haven't seen it since.
I'm glad it decided to play dead because if it hadn't, it may have decided to get really mean with us as mom said they are pretty feisty creatures. One thing is for certain, Mom is really glad it wasn't a skunk.
Well, that's my story of our excitement, but one really had to be there to appreciate all the commotion. BOL!!
On Lady's page, there is a photo of us looking at the possum.
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