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10 "The Uninvited Night Visitor"

Updated on April 12, 2012
This is Harley.
This is Harley.
The Visitor.
The Visitor.

Surprise

The 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.

Greg

Please feel free to comment and/or click on feedbacks so that I have an idea of how I am doing.

 

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    • gregas profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Schweizer 

      6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi WND, Thamk you. Yes, they do try to warn us. Harley was still a puppy and I could tell he was scared, but he wouldn't back down. He is that way today with strangers. Greg

      Hi Puter, Thank you. They are some ugly critters and can be mean, but, like everything else, they have a purpose in this world. Greg

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      Mike Bouska 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Many years ago, we had an old house and one night about 3am, the dog started having fits, and there was a terrible racket in the kitchen. I went in the kitchen, carrying a ball bat. I opened the cabinet door under the sink and an adult possum was there. So much for playing dead. He was hissing and growling and scared the heck out of me. I opened the back door and managed to get her out with the broom.

      My next encounter with her was a couple months later in the garage. She put up a horrible fight, and that is when I figured out she had babies behind the water heater. We lived in an unofficial truce with her, as we raised the garage door so she could come and go.

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      wetnosedogs 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      I find it amazing how our furry friends try to tell us something. I never came across a baby possum. The adults aren't that cute or maybe they are cute, but I don't see them that way.

      Definitely enjoyed this hub.

    • gregas profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Schweizer 

      6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Steve, Thank you. Until I actually knew what was turning things over in my bathroom, it was a little unsettling. Greg

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      Steve 

      6 years ago from Brockport, NY

      That was really a cute story.

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      quester.ltd 

      7 years ago

      voted up

      q

    • gregas profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Schweizer 

      7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Lucky, The really funny part about this story is, at the time I lived in a trailer park in the city of Ontario, California, not the country. Thank you for the comment and vote. Greg

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Gregas...you're doing very well, my friend. You write nicely, too. I live in the country and have many possums around; big ones and babies. They're virtually harmless except that they dig..dig..dig. We use a HavAHart trap and move them on down the road to a safe place w/out buildings that is away from the main house. This is a really cute hub; fun to read! UP FUNNY and USEFUL

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      Lela 

      7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Greg, it takes a while to get commenters to your hubs. Just be patient. Read a lot of hubs and make some good comments and they will come to check you out. I did, and I like what I see.

      Baby possums are really cute, but I had a full grown one come through my pet door once. My two Chows cornered him in the hall closet and I had the devil of a time getting him out. They have sharp little teeth! I used a broom and a dog crate, finally catching him hissing like mad. I let him out down by my creek and I hope he went on his merry way!

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      I have taken it down now but I had a story much like this one but the baby possum was on top of my curtains just over my head. I took two plastic bowls and closed him up in them until I could take him down the road a ways and the pitiful look he gave me gave me guilt for many days. I went back to look for him the next day so I hope he got hidden in the woods good and will know how to take care of himself, but at least he wasn't dead in the road.

    • gregas profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Schweizer 

      7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Dolores,thank you. I really do enjoy the writing and being to express myself. Encouragements help a lot. I do wish more people would comment or at least feedback. Greg

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Greg - you've been here for only a month and you have a 94 score. You are doing great! And I loved the story. Opossums are a bit creepy but the baby is cute!

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