Thursday, November 15, 2007

Midnight Rendevous

As I was preparing for bed a couple of nights ago, the dogs outside began barking. Not just my son's mutt, that stays outside, but also the neighbors' dogs. Every little thing sets them off, but they usually quiet down quickly. That night, however, they kept going.

I told my wife that there was probably an animal in the alley, but I didn't want them to disturb the neighbors or me. I grabbed a flashlight and went outside in my underwear, as it was a pleasant night. My son's mutt hid from me behind the shed, but at least she was quiet. The flashlight beam didn't show anything in the alley, but as I swung it back over the fence, it revealed the little guy above.

I suspect that after all the dogs barking at it, I was a pretty friendly face and it didn't run off. I talked to it a bit, played with its tail, but didn't feel brave enough to touch its back, then said, "Wait right here. I'll be back in a minute." I went inside and got the camera to take a couple of pictures, for which he posed well. It probably only saw spots in front of it for the rest of the night.

Once again I said, "Wait another minute." I went inside and got some bread to feed it. He wasn't sure about it at first, then gladly accepted the bread. I left him on the fence and went back to bed.

My biggest problem now is, what should I feed the possum tonight?

I'll figure it out.