A few minutes prior, I watched as she and Molly had ventured near one of the small ponds on our ranch.. Panic ensued as I ran approximately 100yds. through the knee deep snow toward the pond and the barking. My biggest fear was she had broken thru the ice and now was in the water. In my mind I had to come up with a plan to retrieve her from the freezing water. As Schatzie and I drew closer to the pond I continued to hear barking and now it seemed to be a muffled bark. Again...PANIC MODE.
Finally, at the ponds edge I see a large mound of snow move and it was barking!! Gracie had managed to burrow herself into an old muskrat mound and had found some sort of wild animal. If you know Gracie, she is one dog that doesn't give up, she doesn't let go, she stays with it til the end. I peered into the mound and saw an animal, it was a possum, but I didn't want to stay too long thinking that maybe a skunk had taken refuge in the muskrat hut also. If you have read our past posts you know our record with skunks the past few months hasn't been stellar.
I'm not sure how it happened but as I was yelling, Gracie released the animal, got out of the grass mound and headed back to the house with me. She acted like nothing happened. I kinda figured and hoped that maybe the possum was just playing possum and she lost interest. By this time my heart rate had finally returned to normal and I could breathe again--- no dogs had to be retrieved from the water,a possum was probably playing dead and best of all, no skunk..... So, end of story and crisis was averted.....
Well almost...this morning as we were out and about again. Gracie and Molly ran ahead of me and then disappeared for a few minutes. As Schatzie and I were watching the sunrise, I saw the two golden girls head toward me. I will let the following photos tell the rest of the story...
Here they come...their tails held high and they were a waggin!!
Gracie and a frozen possum
Once she dropped it for me to see she wanted nothing to do with it...Thank goodness!!
Poor little possum was really playing possum
Life on the ranch with these three just makes ya shake your head.