I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, I have been worrying about something. Is our fence strong enough?
Me: If you’re worried about the coyotes, our fence should be enough. People say they can scale a six-foot fence. Ours is eight feet.
Stella: Who cares what people say? Has anyone asked a coyote? But I am not talking about coyotes. I’m worried about possums.
Me: Possums are a bigger problem than a coyote pack?
Stella: Now you understand. Are we possum proof?
Me: Uh, well, no.
Stella: So our fence is strong enough to keep coyote out but not strong enough to keep possums out.
Me: The strength is not the issue. Possums can climb over the fence.
Stella: Then stop them.
Me: The only way to stop them would be to cover the whole yard with a barrier. We’re probably not going to do that just to uninvite a few possums.
Stella: Then do the next best thing. Do what the humans do. Put up a big sign that says, “NO TRESPASSING BY POSSUMS ALLOWED”.
Me: Can possums read?
Stella: Not my problem. I just make the suggestions. You teach the possums to read.
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