10 "The Uninvited Night Visitor"
It was around 9:00pm on Sunday night. I was writing and Harley, my best buddy, a 6 month old mini Aussie, was on edge for some reason. He started to go back in the bedroom, which was dark, and before he got to the hallway, he froze in his tracks and started growling. He wouldn’t move.
I got up and went to see if I could see what was bothering him enough to make him growl. Being cautious myself, I turned on the hall light and saw nothing. The same with the bathroom, there was still nothing. I went on to the bedroom. With the light on I still saw nothing. I didn’t hear anything either. I figured he must have just heard something outside. I opened the door the leads from the hallway to the back patio. I still didn’t hear anything.
So I left the lights on for awhile. Harley was still not going back there.
Later I turned the lights off. About 11:30 I took Harley out for the last time for the night. After he did his business, we came in and I shut down the computer, turned off the TV and lights. The last few nights Harley had gotten in the habit of getting on the bed with just a simple “let’s go to bed” from me. Last night I had to tell him several times to get in bed. With me in the bedroom, he would come halfway down the hallway and look at the bed. He was making me feel a little uncomfortable. Finally he took a running jump and was up on the bed.
I turned the lights off, the TV on and was about to fall asleep when we both heard something. His ears stood up even more than usual and he looked toward the hallway. I got up and walked all the way into the kitchen looking for anything unusual. I even looked outside again. There was nothing to be seen anywhere. I turned off the lights and got back in bed. I was laying there and Harley was too, only he was laying watching the hallway. Every time I would go check, Harley would stay on the bed. That’s not normal. He is usually at my heels most of the time. We kept hearing noises and I thought that maybe something was trying to get in the doggy door that I have sealed off. I got my flashlight and lay at the foot of the bed so I could watch the door. After awhile I started falling asleep with no more noise. I turned around and got comfortable again. I was just about to fall asleep again when there was another noise. Harley was still on the bed. I grabbed the flashlight and shined it down the hallway.
There it was, the shiny eyes of a baby opossum.
I got up and turned on lights. Luckily they don’t move very fast. I found an empty box and retrieved my work gloves from outside. I called Harley 3 or 4 times and when he finally got off the bed he came in the living room. I turned around and he was sitting on the couch watching. I was able to shoo the opossum out of the corner where he tried to hide. I was able to catch him. After going out to the car, still holding him in my hand, getting my camera and taking a few pictures, I took him outside and turned him loose.
About an hour later I was finally able to go to sleep. And Harley was finally able to relax.
When we got up this morning I found out what made a lot of noise one of the times. The little bugger had been on my bathroom counter and knocked almost everything over. No big deal, just funny.
And that was our night that night.
I did learn that Harley will attack a person if he thinks he’s a threat, but he’s scared of a opossum. And it was a baby one at that. He wouldn’t go near it even after I caught it.
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