OK my heart has now settled down to normal rate. Since about Sunday it has been obvious that there was some kind of critter in my yard at night. I've been assuming it was a racoon because it has been playing with Tsuki's squeaky toys.
Yup - nothing quite like it being pitch dark outside and hearing squeka squeka squeaks - which is the sound that happens when Tsuki just stands crunching on a squeaky toy. Tsuki likes to take his toys outside but only brings them back in about half the time. Since I've been assuming racoon and they can be dangerous to dogs I've been watching things. Not closely enough, I guess. Tonight I'm moving laundry from the washer to the dryer and I let the dogs out. I see Freeway dancing around with something big, fluffy and grey in his mouth. Problem is I don't have any toys that big. YIKES! But it doesn't seem to be struggling. I run down the stairs and call Freeway. He comes running - without big grey fluffy thing.

So I call Tsuki, who apparently scoops up said big grey fluffy thing and runs up the stairs into the laundry room with it. HEY! I tell him to drop it and he promptly does. It is an opossum, maybe 10-12 pounds. Fortunately neither dog is particularly interested in killing the thing and its gone into its catatonic state "playing possum". So I get the dogs to step over it back into the kitchen. Then I shut the door and shove the possum outside. It didn't look particularly damaged.

They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

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OK my heart has now settled down to normal rate. Since about Sunday it has been obvious that there was ... damaged. They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

Heh, I read a post somewhere from a guy who had cats, and their food was outside. His cats liked to sleep on top of him/between his legs for some of the night, esp. when it was very cold. They had a pet door, as I recall.

One night he woke up and a possum was there, too,
bedded down with the cats.
Links about halfway down this page for possum prep and recipes:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/martin/newsletters/newsarticles/wildrecipes/list.html

flick 100785
They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within >afew minutes. I hope it stays away.

I realize that wild critters like to play as well, but find it infinitely interesting
that they chose to play with squeaky toys! :-)
In the seven years we've lived here, I've never seen an opossum. We have raccoons. I'm not sure how factual this is, but my husband once told me that usually where you have an abundance of one, you usually won't have hardly of the other since they have similar living/hunting areas.
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They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within

few minutes. I hope it stays away. I realize that wild critters like to play as well, but find it ... of one, you usually won't have hardly of the other since they have similar living/hunting areas. Shelly & The Boys

As a hunter and trapper, trust me, you get plenty of both in the same habitats.
In the seven years we've lived here, I've never seen an opossum. We have raccoons. I'm not sure ... you have an abundance of one, you usually won't have hardly of the other since they have similar living/hunting areas.

We have both, and groundhogs. I don't know if it means anything but we seem to have roadkill "seasons" where there will be an abundance of possum roadkill for a month or so and then an abundance of raccoon roadkill, etc.
I'm always boggled by "my dog caught a possum and it's just fine" stories, but I'm really glad that I don't have to deal with the dogs bringing live large critters into the house.
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My neighborhood is brim full of feral cats. I am constantly on the list from the animal shelter for a trap. I finally bought my own trap and just take the trappings to the AS. Last year in two weeks, I caught 9 cats and one possum. (This is a neighborhood, not the country). This go round, I have set the trap out 3 nights, one night nothing, then a possum and then an unaltered male cat.
It always surprises me when I walk out and check the trap and it's a possum. You just don't think of them in the city.
Perry
That's amazing!
They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

Our rescued Boxer, Beck and one of our fosters had this same experience. I found them outside gleefully playing with a catatonic Opossum. It's amazing that it wasn't dead, the way they were throwing it about.

Robin
They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

Where I train with my agility group, I've started seeing black cats. Y'know, those black cats that have the white stripe painted down their backs like in the Pepe Le Pew cartoons. I hope they stay away, too.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

Where I train with my agility group, I've started seeing black cats. Y'know, those black cats that have the white stripe painted down their backs like in the Pepe Le Pew cartoons. I hope they stay away, too.

Okay, I'm really hesitant to type this because sure as I do, it'll happen. But so far, though they are very common in this area, my dogs have never tangled with one of those "black cats." Thank goodness!
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