This appears as the second post of the day, because after I posted last night, I edited the post, and then obviously forgot to RE-post! So Wednesday's and Thursday's posts are here.
You will be reading them out of sequence, I'm afraid.
Tonight, Keith and I were supposed to go to dinner for my "service" anniversary, five years at the company for which I work. It was to be held at a gorgeous golf club in Parkville, about 25 miles from us across the Missouri River. I no longer do much night driving, because my eyes are so bad, but I depended on Keith to drive us there. After last night's events, we had decided that I would come home a little early, arranged with my boss.... we would lock up all the chickens safely, and then change clothes and drive over to our dinner.
The best laid plans....
When I got home at 4:15, I changed, fed the dogs, and then went out to the big henhouse while Keith fed the llamas. As I walked in, the birds, some of whom roost in the rafters always, were down on the roosts, on the floor, and on the nest box that hangs on the wall. I knew something was very wrong. Keith got the big flashlight and went and got a ladder, looked up in the rafters everywhere, and did not find anything. When we went out in the henyard, we found one of Teeny's three babies dead, a hole torn in her side. Broad daylight. I came back in and called a vet tech at work and had her google possums really quickly. We found out they do not carry rabies (marsupials)... and that they CAN burrow... and they are nocturnal. It worried us that the little pullet had been killed in broad daylight, and the other birds obviously were freaked out, on both sides of the dividing fence. The big hole in front of the door worried us, and especially when Keith went around the side of the henhouse and found another the same size. It has a cement block on it tonight, and the one in the front, a big container of Beau's old horse supplement.
Keith decided to stay home from the dinner, because although we rounded up the big henhouse flock, we could not get the little henhouse side all to go in in time to get ready and leave, and we knew the critter was still around.
I repeat... I am a BAD night driver, and I was about to go onto a highway where the deer run, where there is very little light, into a very nice residential area with little lighting, to a place I had never been. I was a nervous wreck leaving. Yes, we had Mapquested it. Yes, I got lost.
By the time I got there, I was so worried about driving home that I gave my apologies and left after our president had made his remarks. They were kind enough to send our dinners home with me... lobster tail and steak... great green beans... mashed potatoes... wonderful salads that we are each taking to work tomorrow for lunch... and the piece de resistance... a flan, and a choclate bombe filled with sauce, with strawberry or apricot sauce to pour on. Oh MY.
When I got home, I changed and took Lilly out to the henyard. Keith shook his head and said "I took the flashlight out... everyone is locked up and I didn't see anything". I said that I would just let Lil check, and I opened the gate and led her in. It took her all of 30 seconds!!!! She found a huge possum and shook it hard.
I left her in there and ran back to the house to get Keith, who made me stay in. He went out, got Lil out, and shot the darn thing. He made sure it was dead. Lilly is frightened of gun shots, I should tell you, and I had gone onto the porch and she came running to me post haste.
When Keith came in, he told me it was a huge possum. I called next door to our neighbors Troy and Kathy to reassure them about the shots, and they told me that the other night, Kathy's daughter had gone out to her car in the dark, and a huge possum had frightened her and chased her back to the back porch. We think something was probably wrong with it to have attacked in the daylight.
So, this girl wins the day again:
Even though she was dreaming about a chicken dinner in this picture, she is the heroine of the day again! That's the second time she's found the varmint in 30 seconds or less!
That's our good Lil!