I don't know how this happened, but our back yard has been invaded by a cat family and lately a young possum. Its causing all sorts of stress and concern on Koda and he is ever vigilant by the back sliding glass door, always on watch for a glimpse of an invader.
The house behind us must have several cats because I've seen kittens of various sizes over this past year. They like to roam our back yard and they are very astute to know exactly where to perch themselves on our bank out of the corgi's reach.
There is a brave gray one that ventures out among unsafe areas (i.e. within Koda's access). Often behind it is his white furred sister. Though I don't know for sure the sexes of the cats, I'm thinking the gray one, being adventurous, is a male and the one that tags along is a female. Though I could be terribly wrong with my stereotypes.
We have had the occasional stray cat or two or three roam across our back yard and when they happened in the past and I saw them, I would send Koda outside to chase them away. Usually when they saw/heard him they would quickly scamper away.
With the kittens, I don't send Koda outside right away as I'm not sure they are savvy enough to know how to escape and I really don't want a battle between cat and dog in our back yard (and I'm not sure Koda would be winner). So I wait until they are out of harm's way then send Koda.
Three nights ago Koda was intent on looking at something on the back patio area, moving around our blinds we had by the sliding glass door, tracking something. Finally hubby got a glimpse of what he figured was a possum. We've had baby possums before in that area. I caught a glimpse of it again 2 nights ago which means the dog is on his leash when he goes outside at night to take care of business. Last night it just brazenly was sitting on the grass in the back yard looking towards the sliding glass door. Koda was looking out right at it but it wasn't moving so he didn't track it. When I put his leash on to take him out to try to scare the possum away, the possum sort of meandered away. So far tonight Koda must have seen it, because he started barking his angry "my yard is being violated" bark but I couldn't see anything.
I'm hoping the possum will find another place to make its home so Koda can have the freedom of his back yard again.
In the meantime, what is a corgi to do? Just too busy patrolling and keeping track of who is or who isn't in his yard.
I think he's so focused he almost forgets about food, almost that is. The rustle of the cheese bag still brings his attention back to the kitchen area.
I just hope the raccoon doesn't come back.