That “nature red in tooth & claw” thing is hard to reconcile with. My big galoot girl has been barking all morning under the house. She had all of the dogs whipped up just now & when I checked found they had cornered a possum–not one of nature’s prettiest creatures but very wrenching when terrified.

After chasing the dogs off she could scale the fence & I saw that not only was she limping & bleeding but was in the process of birthing. Now I fear she may have other new-borns under the house.

The dogs are grounded till she figures out what to do.