The other night I had the shock of my life. It was just after 10 p.m. I was trying to clean up a bit and get things in order for the next day before I headed to bed.
I walked into the office to put some papers on my desk that I’d need for the next day. The curtains were open. I caught movement out of the corner of my eye on the lawn out front. I moved to the window to investigate and saw this huge thing near our bushes.
It shocked me so much I let out a small gasp and jumped back from the window, hoping whatever it was hadn’t seen me. Thinking of it seeing me, I didn’t want to help it. With the office awash in light, I rushed over to the light switch and flipped it off.
Thanks to the thousands of horror movies I’ve seen in my life, my mind raced with possibilities. It could be an alien, maybe a chupacabra, or as some yet undiscovered beastie that inhabits the woods of Middle Tennessee.
Likely, it was a large coyote or small deer, my rational mind argued. I’d never know for certain if I didn’t look again. Seeing as how taking our dog out every night (which my husband had luckily done earlier so I didn’t have to that night), I knew I had to look again and figure out what it really was –if it was still there. Again, thanks to scary movies, I’m well aware when you want to get a second look at something, it often disappears.
Nope. Not this time. My “creature” was still there. It was a large neighbor dog from down the way.
After I breathed a sigh of relief, I alternated between scolding myself for being so silly and laughing at myself for being so ridiculous.
Then I had a new thought. Did our neighbor dog help himself to the food I put on our front stoop for this little stray cat I know comes around? Is that why it had been disappearing so fast lately? (Because I’d long suspected something else has been eating the food, not just the little gray stray.)
Sure enough, the food was pretty much wiped out.
I don’t think that neighbor’s dog is out all the time. I know the little stray can’t devour all the food I put out for it. He’s pretty shy so he high tails it if he catches me watching him eating. However, the times I’ve been stealth enough to spy on him undetected he only eats a little, hangs out and surveys the scene while he lets it digest a bit, then he scampers off to go wherever it is he hangs out in his spare time.
So what else is eating the food? I want to get a motion cam and rig it on our porch to find out.
Here’s ones I’m deciding between (mostly for price purposes). If you have thoughts or experience with any of them, I’d love to know your opinions.
Primos Truth Cam 35 Camera