I'm telling you!! I have done everything I can to keep the small wildlife out of my yard so Charlie will be safe at night. I dug down and placed bricks under my gates so the possums and skunks couldn't dig under like they have in the past. Charlie has been sprayed twice by a skunk digging under the back gate. But, not anymore because of the bricks.
Recently, I could tell something has been in the backyard because of the way Charlie runs around sniffing everywhere.
I think the coyote is gone from the neighborhood, for now. And, since the birds are no longer nesting they're not chasing Charlie around the yard. But, he still won't go out at night unless I go with him. This started about three or four months ago.
So night before last I was standing outside waiting for Charlie to come back and kept noticing an odd shape on top of the fence. This is an 8' high fence. I kept getting closer to see what it was and got my camera for this shot.
Because I have tried to create a bird sanctuary in my backyard for many years, I have planted lots of shrubbery and trees. Some of the shrubbery like my lady banksia has spread so beautifully that it's easy for something to climb into and out of the yard, especially if you consider a compost pile a delicacy.
We've had two encounters with this possum on the ground, but I play like I don't see it and Charlie can't keep his eyes off of it, hoping it will run so he can chase it..
"Go pottie, Charlie!!"
I just hope it's not hiding in my garden shed!!
One time I found a tiny possum hiding in there and I think it had come in through the kitty door.
I do love nature and so glad it has found me in the middle of town.