Thursday, November 15, 2007

Playin' Possum

Well, the other night while I was already in my pajamas and slippers, my husband had taken the dogs out after dark for their late evening before bedtime "potty". He came flying in the door with two of the three dogs and stated that I had better come quick as there was a dead animal in our back garden up against the fence and Spot, the border collie had dragged it for some feet by it's *ss. So I grabbed a coat and a flashlight and back out we went. As I shined the light towards the whitish creature, the reflection of eyes moving along the fence line in a westerly direction was what I saw. My British husband who doesn't have much experience with wild creatures in the States, swore to me that it dead and stiff as he had kicked at it in his slippers! OMG! Fido immediately went for it as I was screaming at Steve to get his dog. It, of course, "dropped dead" in it's tracks, leaving it's mouth partially open showing just exactly how sharp it's teeth are. Steve managed to get the dog indoors and came back out and approached the opossum once again to push at it with his slippers exclaiming, "I didn't realize they had such sharp teeth!" In which I replied, "That's why, darling, you should be kicking it at with slippers on. Haven't you ever heard the saying, "Playin' possum"?". We left it alone and it went on it's merry way. Having horses, I do not like to have opossums on my property, but I keep my feed locked up and safe. I then reminded Steve that opossums are marsupials and she was probably carrying a sack of infants. If you think this is bad, you should see him try to battle off a pack of coyotes with a flashlight. I would have used the shotgun! Also in his slippers and jammies!

7 comments:

Janey Loree said...

This post was hilarious!!! LOL!

Rising Rainbow said...

Oh my, it's a good thing he didn't get bit1 Those suckers are really mean and nasty.

Katie said...

oh man i HATE possums! New Zealand is infested with them and they are just so ugly. They have scared me more then once! Lucky he didn't get hurt, they can be vicious!

Molly said...

Poor Steve. Gross ol' greasy animals.

Sarah said...

Hey Callie! Good to read your posts again. Thank you for that one about the accident. I hadn't heard anything about it. How horrific. Tell Steve that there's one other Brit who wouldnt have known enough not to mess with that that possum. Actually, I'd have probably picked it up! Urgh!.

Callie said...

Well, thanks for the comments, all. I can't stand those things and Sarah, Steve did actually make at an attempt to invite one into the house the first year he lived here as one was following one of the cats into the house. I was reaching for the broom to beat it. And Steve wouldn't allow me. We were just giggling about it the other day.

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

Steve, I think I have a recipe for opossum pie.