Last night in the wee hours of the morning, my dog started barking up a storm. He had wanted to stay outside last night, so I let him. His bark had a pretty serious quality to it, so I knew I had to get up and go out and find out what was up.
I got dressed – sorta – and put on flip flops and grabbed a flashlight. I went in the front yard, first, because I could tell that was the direction that Nic was barking. I didn’t see anything, but when I looked towards the back yard, I saw a bit of fur pushed into a corner of the fence. So I traipsed around to the back yard, into Nic’s kennel and saw that he had cornered a big possum.
Nic’s a big German Shepherd, and he hates possums. He really wanted to get at it. It took some maneuvering, but I finally got him away and in a crate. Then I went back to see what I could do about the possum. Took about 20 minutes, but I finally got it out from under the doghouse, where it was wedged, and chased it around the back yard until it went through the fence into the neighbor’s feral backyard.
But not before we had a very strange few moments together.
Possums are very, very ugly. And this one was really, really scared. Nic was upset because he couldn’t get the possum and tear it to bits. I was pretty mad at it for causing such a problem and waking me up. Then I caught it’s scared face (and it’s beady little eyes) in the flashlight beam and I saw how scared it was. Poor scared, butt-ugly creature. A creature who has a place on this planet.
So I used the stick to prod it out into the back yard where it waddled around (the possum version of running for it’s life, I guess) until it could make it’s escape to safety.
So yeah, I saved the possum. I don’t know what the lesson here is yet, but there was something in making that kind of eye contact that really struck me. I guess I have to look up what kind of spirit animal a frickin’ possum is.
And remember, in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
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