Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pawsome with an 'O'

Woman got up early on Saturday to work in the garden before she had to teach her 9:30am class. As she was working away, she heard me barking ferociously at one of the boxwoods by the back deck. She told me to "shut it," as usual, and went on with her work. I continued to bark - louder and louder. I was trying to alert her of something, but she wouldn't listen to me.

Finally she "humored" me and looked under the shrub. With a disgusted look on her face, she scooped me up into her arms and made a mad dash for the back door. Then she woke up Ian. It was like 7:30am on a Saturday. That's way too early to wake up Ian, so I knew something had to be wrong. She told him there was a possibly dead pawsome under the boxwood and needed his help.

Here's a photo of the yucky dead pawsome.

dead opossum

Ian reluctantly came outside to check the pawsome's vital signs, because Woman was afraid it might not be dead yet. Here he is - throwing rocks at it! LOL! Is this how they check your vitals in the ER? I hope not!

ian checking the opossum's vital signs

Woman was holding the door open to the deck, so if the pawsome burst into life, Ian could make a quick get away. If that had happened, Woman would have run for her life, slamming the door in Ian's face though. Poor Ian.

After confirming the pawesome was in pawsome heaven Woman searched the Internets to find who is responsible for Animal Control in our county and found that it is the Sheriff's department. A quick call to the Sheriff's department revealed that the People are responsible for burying the nasty thing. Yuck!!

So they got to work digging a hole, which is no fun with our hard clay soil, and the hole had to be deep and wide since the pawsome was a monster. They got the hole dug and had to devise a way to get said pawsome into said hole. The pawsome was too big to fit on the end of a shovel, so he had to be scooped into a box and carried to the hole. Woman almost barfed.

In the end, Mr. Pawsome was given a decent burial and is now resting peacefully at the top of our yard. Woman hates pawsomes. She says they are mean and can give me rabies.

Oh, Woman just informed me that pawsome starts with an 'O'. Opawsome? That's weird.


  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger Clover said…

    Hi Norman!
    That is a weird looking opawesome. But it's also a little bit cute? Too bad you didn't get a chance to play with it before your people buried it!
    Love Clover xo

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Sandy said…

    I wonder what happened...old age?? I'm glad he got a decent burial. Good thing you alerted them to that stinky problem before it got too stinky.

  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…

    I can just imagine Grandma Billie looking over at the dead opawsome during Mother's Day brunch on Sunday and seeing it laying there dead! So not cool. LOL!

  • At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Umm are you really sure it was dead? They play dead for a long time... oh well.. if it wasn't then, it is now!

    way to be on the alert Norman!!

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…

    Yeah, we're pretty much 100% sure it was dead. It did get scooped up onto a shovel and dumped in a box, then dumped into a big hole and buried. Also, it's eyes were open and it didn't appear to be breathing at all. I don't think opawsome are that good at playing dead, are they?

  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Jen and Suki said…

    I hope that opawsome didn't drop dead after eating vegetables from the garden! LOL! Just kidding, Norman. My mom says my predecessor golden retrievers were pawsome mercenaries. Not sure we even have them here but I do plenty of rabbit hunting. Woman was very brave to get Ian and hold the door. The mom here would have gone inside and probably locked dad out until the pawsome was buried!

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Harry Pugalicious said…

    O, what a pawesome story, Norman!

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    oh wow, norman - that is one ugly opawsome. How rude that woman did not take your initial barks seriously. You are a guard dog! You do not bark for nothing!

  • At 12:06 PM, Blogger Page said…

    Norman, you didn't roll in it first?? Winston says real men roll in dead stuff and THEN tell their People about it. It's fun to watch them gag.

  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger Priscilla said…

    As hideous as they are, possums are a good thing. They eat mice and rats and the rotting fruit from fruit trees.

    Also, it is rare for possums to have rabies, possums are marsupials and have a lower body temperature.

    They are shy and not aggressive. Unless cornered etc. Dogs are more likely to kill possums than the other way around. Although pugs have no real biting power.

    I raised 2 possums, they really are kind of cool, very very soft, you wouldn't think so.

    School out for today

  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…

    Wow. You have petted a possum? That is strangely intriguing. I want to see some photos on the blog!!

  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger A Tail of 3 Doggies said…

    Ooooooooooooooh did it stink? We love stuff that stinks. We bet if you dug it up, it would stink even more. Try it and let us know!

  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger The Devil Dog said…

    That is quite a story. What a good dog you were, alerting Woman to the dead opawesome. I hate to think what would have happened if my mom had found that thing.


  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Tami said…

    You had to bury him and didn't even "know" him. I'm sure Ian didn't appreciate the extra work.

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Magnolia Sun said…

    I'm surprised you didn't try playing with it too. Our Nyla once got a hold of one and it did play dead with her. I agree with Woman they are nasty.

  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger Puglette said…

    i will let you in on a secret...when we have had possums in the yard and our previous big dogs used to bark and pester the possums...hubby would scoop them up with a shovel and toss them into the neighbors yard. and they do stay still for a very long time, as long as you are interested in them. but they don't usually have their eyes open.

    that was very swet of you to bury the possum.

  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Punchbugpug said…

    Norman, maybe you scared him to death with your vicious barking???? Guess he won't be bothering you any more!

    Gee hope your yard won't be haunted

  • At 8:28 AM, Blogger Nevis said…

    OMG, I laughed SO hard at the photo of Ian throwing rocks at it to check it's vitals. SO FUNNY!!!

  • At 9:23 AM, Blogger AM said…

    I love the photo (and the idea) of Ian throwing rocks at the possum to check for vitals. I think that IS how they do it in the ER.

    However, I am slightly dissapointed no one tried to administer mouth to mouth. Poor little possum.

  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…


  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger Priscilla said…

    Oh I wish I had photos handy! This was pre digital. I know I have photos somewhere, maybe they are still in the negatives. I'll look through that box and see. We nursed 2 baby possums until they could be released. We had a boy and a girl and got to feel the pouch. It really was an education for my boys. If you ever get the chance to touch a tame possum you MUST do it.


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